Wonder Kid Band to perform at Adams State

(09-24-2014)

doug smith

The Adams State University Music Department presents the Wonder Kid Band, featuring Doug Smith, marimba/voice, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Leon Memorial Hall. Tickets are $10.

The program will include selections by Schumann, Massenet, Wainwright, Garner, Séjourné, Cacci, Radiohead, and Joni Mitchell.

Smith, an assistant professor and percussion area coordinator at Utah Valley University and an active freelance musician in Salt Lake City with groups like the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera, will be joined by Blanka Bednarz, violinist, and Cheung Chau, cello.

Smith performed as principal timpanist with the Tucson Symphony for five seasons and earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona under the direction of Norman Weinberg and Gary Cook. Smith also performed as an extra percussionist with the Houston Symphony and as soloist after winning their annual concerto competition.

blanka bednarz

Currently Associate Professor of Music at Dickinson College, PA, Bednarz has taught at NEC's Prep Division, Emory University, the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City, and has given masterclasses in the USA, Poland, Germany and China. She is faculty at the International Musical Institute and Festival. She is an alumna of the J. Kaliszewska "Talent School" in Poznan, Poland, Univ. of Kansas and the New England Conservatory in Boston. As soloist she has performed with the Connecticut Virtuosi, Symphony and Chamber orchestras of the New England Conservatory, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Polonia and the Delaware County Symphony.

Cheung Chau

Presently Chau devotes most of his time to conducting, as director of orchestras at Utah Valley University, music director of Utah Valley Youth Symphony and director of Sinfonietta Polonia in Poland. Previously Chau was music director of Central Pennsylvania Symphony, Bloomington Symphony, Manchester Symphony, and held director of orchestra positions at University of Connecticut and Haverford College. Chau received top prizes at the Hong Kong Music Festival. He holds the first double doctorate awarded from the New England Conservatory in Boston in cello performance and wind ensemble conducting.

For more information please call 719-587-7621.