​Aber Suzuki Center honors founder’s birthday with faculty recital

The late Margery Aber, founder of the Aber Suzuki Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, would have been 100 this year.

To honor her birthday, the center will present a faculty recital on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Michelsen Hall in the Noel Fine Arts Center on campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

“Margery Aber believed that birthdays were for giving gifts, not just receiving them,” said Aber Center Director Pat D’Ercole.  “So every five years on her birthday, she shared her music with the Stevens Point community. ASC faculty members have kept this tradition since her death in 2001.”

The recital will include pre-show music by the Dolce Strings violin ensemble and works by Debussy, Brahms and Chopin. “Kid-friendly” pieces by Mahler and Fine will be sung by Suzuki faculty member Mary Hofer, with choreography and dance by her voice students. In addition to Hofer, faculty performers will include David Becker, Jennifer Burton, D’Ercole, Rosalie Gilbert, Tom McComb, Tim Mutschlecner, Ann Marie Novak, Oscar Soler and Tom Yang. The evening will also include a reading by the winner of the ASC Margery Aber essay contest.

The recital kicks off a year of remembrance and celebration of Aber, with more memorial events. Donations will be accepted, with funds enhancing educational programs and providing merit and need-based scholarships for Suzuki students.

For more information, see the website at www.uwsp.edu/suzuki or call 715-346-3033.




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