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Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Michael French
Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
College of Performing & Visual Arts
Southern Utah University

Photo credit: Ronni Kot Wenzell. Courtesy of Ronni Kot Wenzell 


WHAT:              Acclaimed Danish percussionist Ronni Kot Wenzell joins SUU’s Dr. Lynn Vartan in recital for one memorable evening -- with an international flair. The concert features a diverse and scintillating program.

WHO:               Southern Utah University, College of Performing and Visual Arts, Department of Music

WHEN:             Monday, October 29, 2012

TIME:               7:30pm

WHERE:           Thorley Recital Hall, Music Building, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

TICKETS:         Phone: Arts Hotline: (435) 865-8800 or visit: www.suu.edu/arts

PRICES:           Free and the General Public is encouraged to attend.

OCTOBER 29, 2012

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah:  The equation is: percussion x 2 = great music. Acclaimed Danish percussionist Ronni Kot Wenzell joins SUU’s Dr. Lynn Vartan in recital for one memorable evening with an international flair. Southern Utah University’s Department of Music presents the pair Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:30pm. The performance will take place at Thorley Recital Hall located on campus in SUU’s Music Building. The event is free and opened to the general public.

Dr. Lynn Vartan is thrilled to introduce Ronni Kit Wenzell to southern Utah music audiences. “Ronni is an amazing musician,” says Dr. Vartan. “His unique artistry will delight our audiences and students. His technique is impressive. As a percussionist, I have been wanting to collaborate with him on such a diverse program for some time.”

At an early age, Ronni Kot Wenzell began taking lessons in percussion with former Royal Orchestra musician, Ole Pedersen, and lessons in piano, theory and harmony with German pianist and composer, Edwin Kammerer. After a short period of time he enrolled in the Hørsholm Percussion & Marimba Ensemble which led to numerous concerts, tours in Europe and several CD recordings. Ronni has often worked with the renowned and award-winning American dancer and choreographer Ann Crosset. He has played, composed and produced music to some of her great works of choreography including “Dance, Dance, Dance” alias “The Varde Project” which toured in 2006, “Happy Birthday H. C. Andersen” for piano and sneeze which was premiered at The Royal Theatre 2007 and “Sweet Peas and Other Recipes for World Dance” as a great cooperation between Jordan and Denmark. “Sweet Peas” toured in Denmark and Sweden and received great acclaim in the media (TV2 News, DR1 News, Danish Radio P2 etc.). Ronni also enjoys photography, graphic design and layout beside his music, and has worked for The Fünen Opera, Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, The Royal Theatre, Danish Radio, International Makeup and Artist School, Benalcorp S.L.U (Spain), Edition Svitzer (Sweden) among others. For more information, visit his website www.RKWonline.com.

Recently hailed in the Los Angeles Times for a “fabulously performed” solo, Dr. Lynn Vartan is percussionist for Southwest Chamber Music, two-time Grammy® nominee in the “Best Classical Album of the Year” and “Best Small Ensemble with or without a conductor” categories. Vartan has been featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, the Different Trains Series and has soloed with the Music and the Court series in Pasadena, California, and the Sierra Wind Symphony. She is currently producing two solo albums which will be released next year. Vartan received her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California with special honors and recognition. She teaches percussion at Southern Utah University. Vartan recently completed her first solo recording, Dancing on the Head of a Pin, due for release by the end of the year.
Experience an exceptional evening of music when two remarkable percussionists collaborate. For more information on the College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please call the Arts Hotline at (435) 865-8800, or visit www.suu.edu/arts.
The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration and new Shakespeare Studies program. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu.

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