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William Dongois Victoria Gunn Pich

Early music and historical performance conference returns

The School of Music and Dance presents the second Musicking conference May 23 through May 27, 2017. This year’s theme is “Improvisation, Ornamentation & Variation.” Organizers hope to stimulate student and community interest in early music and historical performance practice studies by offering five days of academic scholarship, educational performance classes, and a variety of performances that are free and open to all students and community members.

Guest artist William Dongois, cornetto, will give a masterclass, a concert, and a keynote talk. Dongois is regarded as one of the world’s leading cornetto players, and is highly respected for his improvisatory skills. He is a professor at the Centre de Musique Ancienne de Genève where he teaches cornetto and improvisation. Dorgois also teaches at festivals and workshops throughout France, Germany and Austria, and is the founder and artistic director of the ensemble Le Concert Brisé.

Violist Victoria Gunn Pich will present a workshop with the UO Symphony Orchestra. Pich is principal violist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, where she has also been a featured soloist. She teaches at Reed College and Linfield College, and plays with the Salem and Linfield Chamber Orchestras.

The Musicking Conference Oratorio Orchestra will present a culturally informed performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s Selva morale et spirituale on May 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Bononcini’s La Maddalena a’ piedi di Cristo on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts will be held at Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter St. Marc Vanscheeuwijck will give pre-concert lectures at 6:30 p.m.

“Musicking: Improvisation, Ornamentation & Variation” is cosponsored by the OHC’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities. For a complete schedule of events go to: blogs.uoregon.edu/musicking

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