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Friends of Music Launch New Concert Series

Friends of Music Launch New Concert Series

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 8/25/2006 - Friends and alumni of UCM's Department of Music now have an opportunity to contribute to the continued growth of the department and successes of its students as the UCM Friends of Music Society hosts the first Friends of Music Concert Series for 2006-2007.

Faculty Showcase Opens the Season

The UCM Music Faculty Showcase kicks off the season at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18 in the Hart Recital Hall. The evening features virtuoso classical and jazz music, highlighting the talent of the university's music faculty.

A Celebration of Mozart

"The Voice of Mozart: A Jubilee Concert" celebrates the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth with a concert of Mozart's works at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in Hart Recital Hall. Faculty, guest artists and outstanding students will perform excerpts from the "Serenade for Winds," opera scenes, and the "Laudate Dominum" (from "Solemn Vespers of the Confessor"), and the "Missa Brevis."

An Evening with David Halen and Daniel Lee


David Halen

UCM music alumnus and former Warrensburg resident David Halen, the concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony, is a featured performer in "An Evening of Chamber Music with David Halen and Daniel Lee" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30.

With a bachelor's degree in music from UCM at age 19, Halen embarked on a remarkable career that includes being named the 1979 national strings winner at the Collegiate Artist Competition sponsored by Music Teachers National Association. He studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Germany prior to earning a master's degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He served as assistant concertmaster with the Houston Symphony prior to joining the Saint Louis Symphony in 1991 and being named concertmaster in 1995.


Daniel Lee

Halen will be joined by cellist Daniel Lee, principal cellist with the Saint Louis Symphony. Lee has garnered critical acclaim as a soloist in performances with major symphonies around the world, including the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras. As a teenager he was signed to an exclusive contract with Decca Records, and he was the recipient of the prestigious 2001 Avery Fisher Grant at age 19. He was named principal cellist of the Saint Louis Symphony in 2005.


Petar Jankovic
Classical Guitar with Petar Jankovic

Classical guitar virtuoso Petar Jankovic will communicate the honest emotion of the human experience during his performance in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in Hart Recital Hall. Since beginning his professional career in 1985, Jankovic has participated in major competitions around the globe and performs more than 30 concerts per season.

Piano Virtuoso Ralph Votapek


Ralph Votapek

����  A concert by pianist Ralph Votapek, professor of piano and artist in residence emeritus at the Michigan State University School of Music, comes to Hart Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5. The gold medalist of the first Van Cliburn Competition and winner of the prestigious Naumburg Award, Votapek has performed in concert around the world, with a special commitment to Latin America.

The Annual Gala Scholarship Concert

The Gala Scholarship Concert is the finale of the concert season on Friday, March 30, in UCM's Hendricks Hall. The event continues the long tradition of the gala performances by UCM music faculty and students that have benefited the department's scholarship fund. More than 160 students from the Department of Music will share their talent and dedication.

A Unique Partnership

"The members of the Central Missouri Friends of Music are really partners with the Department of Music." said Mia Hynes, associate professor of piano and faculty liaison to the Central Missouri Friends of Music Society. "This concert series is a way for us to bring world-class entertainment to campus while maximizing our fundraising potential. We can't wait to share these great performances with our community."

Your Support Offers Unlimited Opportunities

Become a member of the Friends of Music Society by making a donation to the UCM Foundation in support of music initiatives. Members may support not only the scholarship programs, but instrument and technology acquisition and maintenance, and appearances by guest artists and master teachers who will work with Central Missouri's music students.

Special Benefits Available

Special benefits to donors at certain levels of membership include the opportunity to have music faculty perform at private events, to "name" a concert in honor or memory of a friend or loved one, or to be a guest conductor with one of the university's major ensembles. In addition, donors will receive invitations to special social and musical events and public recognition in print materials at upcoming concerts.

Order Tickets Now

Ticket order forms and information about designated levels of giving are available on the Friends of Music web site at Those seeking more information about the Friends of Music society may contact the Department of Music ticket line at 660-543-4045.