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WPR's Norman Gilliland to Offer Pre-Concert Lecture for Mnozil Brass Performance

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Contact: Esty Dinur, edinur@wisc.edu(608) 262-3907

WPR's Norman Gilliland to Offer Pre-Concert Lecture for Mnozil Brass Performance

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The Wisconsin Union Theater is re-instating pre-concert lectures for some of its concerts, with new presenters and lively formats!

The first pre-concert lecture will be held before the performance by Mnozil Brass, on Thursday, 3/30, at 7 pm in the Festival Room which is in the lower level of Memorial Union. We are very pleased to welcome Norman Gilliland as the first lecturer this year.

Gilliland has hosted and produced a variety of programs on Wisconsin Public Radio since 1983, including Morning Classics, the MiddayOld-Time Radio Drama, and University of the Air. He reads for Chapter A Day and does interviews for Wisconsin Public Television’s University Place Presents. He’s written two books about classical music–Grace Notes for a Year and Scores to Settle–plus three novels, and, since 1990, has been the emcee of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra’s Concerts on the Square.

The musicians of Mnozil Brass are a hybrid of tremendous musicians who also engage in humor and slapstick. Writes Gilliland, “You can be sure that humor has been a part of music for as long as there has been music. In the interests of time, we’ll survey the development of humor in classical music from the 17th century to the present time, sampling musical jokes by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven and works of other otherwise serious composers written for “unconventional” ensembles, plus the musical satires of twentieth-century musical humorists Eric Satie and Paul Hindemith, leaving time, perhaps, for a few of the latter-day mavens of musical mayhem–Victor Borge, Tom Lehrer, and PDQ Bach.”

The 30-minutes lecture is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there. Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement about a pre-concert lecture for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s concert on 5/21/17.

The Mnozil Brass Cirque concert is at 8 p.m. in Shannon Hall. Tickets can be purchased on our website, at the Memorial Union box office or by calling 608-265-ARTS.

The performance and lecture are presented by the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Performing Arts Committee and was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media sponsors are WSUM, 91.7FM, and WORT, 89.9 FM.