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Master Flutist Robert Dick to Perform at UW-Fox Valley

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Robert Dick, composer and flutist, is often compared to rock legend Jimi Hendrix because of his ability to both master and redefine his instrument. Dick will give a free recital in the Fine Arts Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley on October 27 at noon. The flutist’s 30 Robert Dickyears of idiosyncratic improvisation, composition and invention have resulted in an entirely new set of flute-playing techniques. He is a master of circular breathing and a myriad of distinctive percussive and multi-tonal flute sounds, counts the glissando head joint amongst his inventive innovations for flute, and does indeed play Hendrix on the flute. As member of the faculty of New York University, Robert Dick teaches master’s flute classes around the world. He comes to UWFox as a former teacher and friend of Dr. Marc Sackman, flutist and member of the UWFox music faculty. Robert Dick’s noon performance will be followed shortly thereafter with a discussion in Room 1621 at 2:25 p.m. The public is invited to the discussion session.

“In terms of (Robert Dick’s) reputation in the music world and avante garde flute music, every flutist deals with his music. You either play it or you don’t, but you must deal with it,” Sackman commented. After visiting and performing at UWFox, Dick will teach a master’s class at Lawrence University, followed by a guest recital at 8 p.m. in Harper Hall on the Lawrence Campus. For more information about Robert Dick’s visit, contact Dr. Marc Sackman at UW-Fox Valley at 832-2625.

Posted 10/12/2005