Mozart recital and lecture

The Elysium Duo to present a recital titled “Mozart and More!” at 2 p.m. Sept. 15
Commanday to give a free lecture titled “Mozart: The Man and His Music” at 7 p.m. Sept. 5

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The Elysium Duo includes Kimberly Risinger, flute, and Molly Madden, harp. They will be joined by cellist David Commanday, Eureka College artist-in-residence and artistic director of the Heartland Festival Orchestra; violinist Sarah Gentry, Illinois State University professor of violin and concertmaster of the Heartland Festival Orchestra; and violist Diane Wuthrich, principal viola of the Heartland Festival Orchestra.The program will include music in styles ranging from the Renaissance to tango. Composers will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Marin Marais, Gabriel Faure, Luigi Boccherini, Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, Ernst von Dohnanyi, George Bizet and Astor Piazzolla.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call (309) 467-6301.

Commanday will give a free lecture titled “Mozart: The Man and His Music” at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Chapel as part of his Artist-in-Residence Lecture Series.
Risinger is professor of flute at Illinois State University. She is principal flutist in the Heartland Festival Orchestra and the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. An advocate of contemporary music, Risinger has played concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Canada, often presenting world premieres of new works written for and dedicated to her. She has soloed in most of the major concert halls in New York City, including Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and Merkin Recital Hall.

Madden recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with degrees in harp performance and music education. She is pursuing a master’s degree in harp performance at UIUC under the instruction of Dr. Ann Yeung. She has collaborated with such artists as Marvin Hamlisch and Monica Mancini and ensembles such as the Heartland Festival Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Prairie Ensemble and Sinfonia da Camera.

Gentry has held concertmaster positions with Opera Illinois, Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana and Sugar Creek Music Festival and was associate concertmaster for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 2000. She is a member of the Eureka College Summer Arts Strings Festival faculty.

Wuthrich is a teacher, orchestral player and chamber musician who has performed with numerous ensembles throughout the country and currently performs with Sinfonia da Camera, Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. She is a member of the Eureka College Summer Arts Strings Festival faculty.

Commanday is engaged in the development of string instruction and expanded arts programming at Eureka College. He inaugurated and directed the first annual Eureka College Summer Arts Festival in 2013. He is known in Illinois for his chamber music collaborations as cellist with visiting artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, Matt Haimovitz and Antonio Pompa-Baldi.