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Viterbo One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series Opens with "Three for the Road" Saturday

The 2017–18 Viterbo One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series will open Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Nola Starling Recital Hall with Three for the Road.

Musicians Nancy Oliveros, violin, Ray Shows, violin, Kirsten Whitson, cello, and Mary Ellen Haupert, piano, will perform Paul Schoenfield’s Café Music, Moritz Moszkowski’s Suite in G Minor, and Libby Larsen’s Three for the Road. Soprano Ann Elise Schoenecker will join the group to perform some of Larsen’s selected vocal works.

Three for the Road is the trio version of Four on the Floor and is inspired by boogie-woogie. It is a celebration of American music and American musicians. Schoenfield’s Café Music has Midwestern ties, having been commissioned by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. The composer was inspired to write the piece after sitting in for the pianist of the trio that regularly performed at a restaurant in Minneapolis.

A new feature of this year’s One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series is an “idea spread” that will occur at intermission of each concert. Haupert, music, artistic director of the series, wanted to enhance the concert experience for both students and the audience.

"The idea spread allows the musicians, audience, and students to share their own experiences and their thoughts on the themes of each concert,” said Haupert. “We are excited to connect people from different backgrounds and create a conversation around the music.” Freshmen from Haupert’s Franciscan Values and Traditions course will share their “A Picture Is Worth One Thousand Words” essays and photographs, and music history students will present aspects of their “Moved by Music” essays.

The second half of the concert will feature guest speaker Vince Hatt, retired director of the Franciscan Spirituality Center. Hatt’s short talk, “Lessons from the Road,” begins with the dream he had for his life when he entered Notre Dame as a freshman in September 1962, and elaborates on how he has had to renegotiate that dream several times over his lifetime. The concert will close with Shows, Oliveros, and Haupert performing Moszkowski’s Suite in G Minor.

The second concert of the series will take place Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. with Open Borders featuring musicians Jonathan Borja, flute, Mary Ellen Haupert, piano, and Wassim Ibrahim, oud. Wisconsin Public Radio is the media sponsor for the One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music performances.

Tickets are $20 for general admission seating. Season tickets are also available through Sept. 15 for the four-concert series. Season ticket packages are $58 for the four concerts, a $78 value. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit