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Verismo Trio
Verismo Trio

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Verismo Trio was founded in 2010 after active performers and recording artists Nicole Riner (flute), Scott Turpen (saxophones), and Theresa Bogard (piano) spent a blissful month learning, performing, and recording Jennifer Higdon’s Dash under the composer’s tutelage for a collaborative CD of her wind and string chamber music. Combining original works and arrangements for this instrumentation along with duo and solo works of all combinations makes for a widely varied, colorful concert experience that highlights works written since the 20th Century. In their short time together, Verismo has toured the Rocky Mountain region, from the remote mountain towns of Wyoming to inner city Denver, introducing new sound concepts and new composers to audiences young and old.  In the 2012-2013 season, they served as guest artists at 37° Festival de Musica in Goiania, Brazil as part of their busy touring schedule.

Verismo Trio is dedicated to championing new works for the instrumentation and enjoys collaborating with composers.  Composer Dave Deason dedicated his Six New Diversions for soprano saxophone and flute to Verismo members Scott and Nicole after they premiered the piece in March 2012, and he is currently completing a trio for Verismo; the first movement was premiered in Goiania in October by the group.  After Nicole premiered Jason Barabba’s Organism for flute and clarinet at a music festival last fall, the trio requested a transcription for flute and soprano saxophone that could be incorporated into their concert season.  Further collaborations with Barabba, Deason, and composer Ryan Jesperson, the winner of VT's first composition contest, produced three new original works for the ensemble in 2013.

The trio is also active as clinicians, dedicated to training young chamber musicians in school residencies and master classes in conjunction with their performances. In this way, they hope to bring a wealth of contemporary composers to a younger audience and encourage collaborations in future generations.  

Verismo Trio are proud to be on the Wyoming Arts Council Roster since July of 2012.  This juried roster provides community support for presenting educational programs and concerts within the state of Wyoming; please contact us for details.  

Saturday, April 26th, 2014
7:30 p.m.
Wheeler Concert Hall

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General Admission Seating

$10 for adults
$5 for students
(must present student ID at door)

Tickets are also available for purchase on campus in the Music Building, room 137 M-F from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

6:30 p.m. exhibition, artist's talk, and reception
featuring portraits by Ricki Klages, "Inventories: Paintings and Watercolors"
Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery in the Music Building

Ricki Klages' paintings reflect theinfluence of the places he has seen, visited, or lived in. "Although I have lived predominantly in the American West, the thirst for the inspiration of new places, landscapes and other environments has been constant. I have had the good fortune to live several years in Northern Italy. In addition, I have spent summers and holidays in and around London, and the southwest of England. All of these environments are referenced either directly or more subtly within my paintGreen Manings".

Using a mix of straightforward landscape representation, dream imagery, intensive observation and subtly startling images, Klages' paintings incorporate elements ofstill life, landscape and the figure that connect through a narrative and suggest something out of the ordinary, even when depicting exceptionally ordinary things. "I am a restless traveler and I am always missing the places I have left behind, yet always yearning for another place to go; a new adventure.  I paint from a desire for beauty and ‘otherness’; of transcendent movements that still occur in dreams, memory and magic moments in nature. I want to capture the sense of routine and ritual, the sublime with the mundane and how they can mix in equal parts".

Laramie Shrine



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