LINDSBORG, KAN., February 24, 2011—Flutist and Yamaha Performing Artist Ellen Burr will teach a master class at Bethany College and and give a concert on February 29. Both are free and open to the public.
Burr will teach “Free Improvisation Clinic, Expanding Your Creative Potential” for jazz and classical players from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Burnett Center on Bethany’s campus.
At 8 p.m., Burr and bass clarinetist Michael Unruh of the Wichita Symphony will perform “Mixing the Old with the New—Telemann and Free Improvisation” at the Brick Street Gallery located on 129 North Main in Lindsborg. Burr and Unruh improvised together almost every other week from October 2010 to April 2012, recording over ten hours of music. Their melodic interplay ranges from rich sonorities of the bass clarinet and alto flute to frenetic piccolo passages incredibly matched with the bass clarinet altissimo register.
Burr’s multifaceted musical career has won her praise in performance, improvisation and composition. She is the founder and director of the multi-disciplinary improvisational group LA Collective and received grants from the American Composers Forum and Meet the Composer. Her improvisational card game, Ink Bops, is included in Theresa Sauer’s Notations 21, and she appears on almost thirty recordings. Burr holds a Master’s of Fine Arts from CalArts in composition, a Bachelor’s of Music from Wichita State in flute performance, and a Certificat de Stage from Ecole International d’ete. She gives private lessons, is the flute instructor this semester at CalArts, and is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Unruh has played the bass clarinet with the Wichita Symphony for 32 years. He has performed for the International Clarinet Conference, composed and performed for the Clarinet Conference, and performed for the Composers Inc. festival. Unruh has played jazz and improvisational music in the Wichita area with the Bodo Ensemble, 3M, and the Sterling Grey Trio. He is featured on two CDs with Oklahoma guitarist Max Ridgway and three CDs with the Bodo Ensemble.
The class and concert are presented by the Bethany College Music Department, Yamaha Musical Instruments, and Senseney Music.
Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.
Caption: Ellen Burr