Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Heukeshoven, Haaland to debut music, poetry piece Nov. 7

WINONA, Minn. — A selection of duets for flute will, for the first time, be presented with poems written and read by their author at the La Crosse New Music Festival’s finale concert on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Annett Recital Hall on the University of Wisconsin’s La Crosse campus.

Saint Mary’s University assistant professor of music A. Eric Heukeshoven first conceived his “24 Duets for Two Flutes” as study materials for students of flutist Janet Heukeshoven when the couple was first married in 1979. In 2013, Heukeshoven presented a challenge to his friend Ted Haaland:  to create an introductory poem inspired by each of the 24 duets. In less than a week, Haaland responded with a complete set of poems to match the music. The poems complement the music, ranging from witty and clever to extremely personal and thought-provoking. The set presented at the New Music Festival will present the wide variety of these words and music.

Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, professor of music at SMU, and Amanda Moburg, band director at Cotter Junior High School, will perform eight of the duets with Haaland introducing each with his selection of verse. The concert is free and public are invited to attend.

For more information, contact A. Eric Heukeshoven at eheukesh@smumn.edu or (507) 457-7292.