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02-09-2006 - Premier concert by Infusion
07-10-2006 - The Allen K. Butcher Musical Celebration
New group’s music infuses energy, passion
OSHKOSH — The first performance of the new University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006, in the Music Hall
of the Arts and Communication Center, 926 Woodland Ave.
The concert offers a selection of great music “infused” with new energy and passion, combining intriguing musical combinations from the high-energy rhythms of Astor Piazzolla to the elegance of Mozart.
Infusion members have appeared as soloists and chamber musicians in major concert venues across four continents. They’ve held positions with major groups including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Hungarian Radio Orchestra.
Their internationally acclaimed recordings have been distributed in more than 20 countries.
Infusion’s debut performance will feature Bruce Atwell, horn; Klara Fenyo Bahcall, violin; David Cowley, cello; Andrea Gullickson, oboe; Carol Rosing, bassoon; Allison Shaw, marimba; and Mihoko Watanabe, flute.
The musicians also will be part of a post-concert reception.
Tickets are $5, $3 for seniors and students and $1 for children 12 and under. All UW Oshkosh students are free with university identification. All proceeds will be used to provide student scholarships through the Endowment for Musical Excellence.
Students, friends to memorialize musician
OSHKOSH — A memorial concert for a well-known Fox Valley trumpeter,
student mentor and longtime member of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
music faculty will be at 3 p.m. Monday, July 10, 2006,
at UW Oshkosh.
The Allen K. Butcher Musical Celebration, featuring classical, jazz, Dixieland and polka, will honor the late musician and his appreciation for many styles of music.
The concert, free and open to the public, will be at the Music Hall, 926 Woodland Ave. Contributions will go to the Allen K. Butcher Scholarship Fund at UW Oshkosh.
Butcher, a member of the UW Oshkosh music faculty from 1971 to 1995, died in January at the age of 73.
The July 10 concert will open with a trumpet piece called "Fanfare to AKB," written by Butcher’s son and 1977 UW Oshkosh alumnus Paul Butcher, Lake Alfred, Fla. Paul Butcher is organizing the celebration with UW Oshkosh trombonist Charles Isaacson.
"More than anything else, I appreciated his humanity," said Isaacson, who played in various bands with Butcher for 17 years.
UW Oshkosh professor of trumpet and jazz Marty Robinson, who studied under Butcher, has written a piece for brass choir for the concert honoring Butcher.
Butcher’s daughter, Susan Brockman of Arlington, Va., a 1979 UW Oshkosh alumna, will perform a Faure flute solo.
Trumpeter Brad Curran, a 1989 UW Oshkosh graduate and a music instructor at Seton Catholic Middle School in Menasha, will play with the Oshkosh Brass Quintet and the Green Bay Packers Tailgaters at the celebration.
"A love for Al is bringing me to this concert," said Curran. "He was an amazing mentor. He was one of the greatest gentlemen I’ve ever known."
Curran, a nontraditional student, left school to tour with a band. Butcher was instrumental in bringing Curran, president of the Wisconsin unit of the International Association for Jazz Education, back to UW Oshkosh.
Many other area musicians and several of Butcher’s former students also will perform at the memorial concert, including Lisa Zemlock of Oshkosh, Randy and Shirley Dorschner of Appleton and Ted Pierce of Chilton.
Butcher joined the UW Oshkosh faculty in 1971, after teaching and directing bands in schools in Mercer, Seymour and Sioux City, Iowa, his hometown.
He played for 30 years with the Lumberjack Band, which played at Green Bay Packer games; the band eventually disbanded and was reincarnated into three, six-piece groups called the Green Bay Packers Tailgaters.
He also played for many years with the Wisconsin Dutchmen, a well-known, Oshkosh-based polka band.
Butcher also was a member of the UW Oshkosh Faculty Brass Ensemble and the Serpentine Brass Quintet; principal trumpet with the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, and director of the UW Oshkosh Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band at the time of his retirement from UW Oshkosh in 1995.
"Because dad passed away in Arlington, Va., it was difficult for many people who cared about him to participate in an event such as this," Paul Butcher said. "We wanted to share this with them. This is a celebration, not only of dad, but of the wonderful people who have been in his life."
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