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KU music student travels to Netherlands to raise money for Dutch refugees

Monday, March 28, 2011

Eric Umble, an undergraduate music student from Lancaster, PA, is traveling to Holland, funded in part through the KU School of Music Student Opportunity Fund, to perform and raise money for Dutch refugees.

Umble, a sophomore studying clarinet performance with Professor Stephanie Zelnick, plans to travel with two musicians who study at the ArtEZ Conservatory in the Netherlands:  Aida Boiesan (violin) and Irina Rozhneva (piano). The students will perform various works to raise money for the Dutch Council for Refugees, an independent, non-governmental organization founded in 1979 to support the rights of refugees in the Netherlands.

"We believe the work the Dutch Council for Refugees does is extremely important," said Umble. "The council helps ease the stresses of refugee displacement and helps them integrate into Dutch society."

The concert takes place on March 25th at the Mac Berlijn in Enschede, Netherlands. The group plans to perform The Milhaud Suite for clarinet violin and piano, Hindemith Duet for clarinet and violin, Bartok Romanian Folk Dances for violin and piano, Chausson Andante et Allegro for clarinet and piano. Boiesan will premiere a work Umble wrote for her called "For Aida" on violin and piano. The students will be coached by music faculty from the ArtEZ Conservatory. 

Umble began his musical studies at the Lancaster Conservatory of Music with Janine Thomas.  He has appeared with a variety of ensembles including the Franklin and Marshall College Philharmonia, the Rocky Ridge Music Center Festival Orchestra, the International Youth Wind Orchestra and the Heritage Philharmonic Orchestra. He has served as principal clarinet in both the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and Umble also performs with the KU Helianthus Ensemble.  Eric has received many honors including first place in the Arapahoe Philharmonic Concerto Competition and winner of the University of Kansas Concerto Competition.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-9742.


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