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Lewis University Wind Quintet to perform Sept. 20

Lewis University Wind Quintet to perform Sept. 20

Published: September 10, 2013.

The Lewis University Wind Quintet will present an all-French concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept 20 in the Art Gallery. Pianist Daniela Broderick, will join Laurel Tempas, flute, Robert Gordon, oboe, Mary Payne, clarinet, Paulette Velazquez, horn, and Dr. Lawrence Sisk, bassoon for Francis Poulencís Sextet for Piano and Winds. The concert is open to the public free of charge.

Pianist Daniela Broderick is associate professor of music at Joliet Junior College. She has performed throughout Brazil and the United States, including solo performances with the Rio de Janeiro Federal University Orchestra, Joliet Junior College Brass Ensemble, and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra. Broderick holds a D.M.A in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois. As a collaborative pianist, she has recorded two CDs of Brazilian chamber music, performed at the XV World Saxophone Congress in Bangkok, Thailand, and has performed with musicians such as violinists Florentina Ramniceanu, Michele Lekas and Gregory Maytan, and cellist Mark Lekas. She has received awards at the Montes Claros Piano Competition, at the Vitůria da Conquista Piano Competition, and at the concerto competition of the Rio de Janeiro Federal University Orchestra.

Laurel Tempas teaches flute at Lewis University. A graduate of Northwestern University, she holds degrees in Music Education and Flute Performance. Her flute professors included Walfrid Kujala and Emil Eck, both formerly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Laurel currently performs with the Symphony of Oak Park River Forest and the Salt Creek Sinfonietta.

Robert Gordon studied music at Indiana University in Bloomington, earing a performance degree in oboe. He currently serves as a technique teacher for junior high and high school music students in Westmontís District 201. He also maintains a studio for private oboe instruction. He has served for many years as principle oboist in the Downers Choral Society Orchestra under the direction of Robert Holst and remains an active freelance player throughout the Chicago area.

Mary Payne teaches clarinet at Lewis University. She is principal clarinet with the New Philharmonic of Glen Ellyn. She has been a featured guest soloist with New Philharmonic, the Fox Valley Symphony, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Wheaton Municipal Band. She has been an adjudicator and clinician for many area music festivals and has taught applied woodwinds at Joliet Junior College. She holds clarinet performance degrees from Indiana University and Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music in Cleveland.

Paulette Velazquez teaches horn at Lewis University. She holds a masterís degree in horn performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a bachelorís degree in horn performance from the University of Illinois. She is an active freelance musician playing regularly with Chicago Sinfonietta, Joffrey Ballet, the New Philharmonic, and at various theaters in Chicago. She was principal horn of La Filarmonica de Jalisco for two years in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Her principal teachers include A. David Krehbiel, former principal horn, San Francisco Symphony, and Dan Gingrich, associate principal, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Lawrence Sisk is professor of music and chairman of the Music Department at Lewis University. Sisk studied bassoon at the College-Conservatory of Music with Otto Eifert, former principal bassoon of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and later with Willard Elliot, former principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in historical musicology at Northwestern University. Since 1991, he has conducted the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra.

The performance is part of the Celebration of Humanities Series within the Arts & Ideas program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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