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Last update: 2/25/08

[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

February 25, 2008

UW-Green Bay pianist to give March 2 recital

Prof David Severtson.

GREEN BAY-Pianist and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay faculty member David Severtson will present a recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. Admission is free.

The program will include "Papillons," op. 2 by Robert Schumann; Ballade in A-flat Major, op. 47 by Frederic Chopin, and Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960 by Franz Schubert.

"All three pieces were written within 15 years of each other and they each suggest a story of transformation," says Severtson. He explains: Schumann's "Papillons" (butterflies) references a novel in which characters transform themselves by participating in a masked ball. The title of Chopin's Ballade refers to a literary story form and the music suggests a person's journey through continual transformation of recurring themes. And the Schubert sonata, written near the end of his life when he was very ill, also seems to be a work about transformation and coming to terms with the events and meaning of his life.

Severtson joined the UW-Green Bay faculty in August. He previously was on the faculty at Luther College in Iowa and taught at Macalaster College in St. Paul. He has appeared in recitals and in concert series in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Washington. Severtson's Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance is from the University of Minnesota and he has a master of music from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

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