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Arthur Johnson, a member of Lakeland College's music faculty, will join some friends for an evening of chamber music to open Lakeland College's 2008-09 Krueger Fine Arts Series.
Arthur and Friends is set for Friday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Lakeland's Bradley Fine Arts Building. Reserved seats are $25 for adults and $15 for non-Lakeland students and can be purchased by contacting Deb Fale at (920) 565-1536.
Johnson will be joined by Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Debbie Williamson, Pro Arte Quartet cellist Parry Karp and flautist Amy Hartman for a wide range of classical ensemble works.
Johnson and Williamson are colleagues with the SSO and when Williamson was a Lakeland staff member. Karp coached the chamber group that included Johnson while he was working on his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Hartman is a colleague of Johnson's at Lakeland.
The night will begin with Beethoven's Piano Trio No. 8 in B-flat Major, followed by Paul Hindemith's Sonata for Flute and Piano, Edward Elgar's Chanson de Matin, Op.15, No.2 and George Adolph Hue's Fantasy for Flute and Piano.
Following intermission, the program includes Tommaso Giordani's Quartet in G Major, Op.3, No.1, Franz Schubert's Sonata in G Minor for Violin and Piano, D.408 and Claude Debussy's Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano.
Johnson is associate professor of music at Lakeland, where he heads the piano performance major, teaching applied piano, piano pedagogy and literature, and accompanying; he also teaches music theory, music theory lab and class piano and he accompanies the college choirs.
He earned a doctor of musical arts degree from UW-Madison and a master of music at Brigham Young University.
Johnson has performed internationally, including in Europe, Australia and the United States. Recent engagements include solo performances with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra and the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble.
Johnson's students are frequent award winners and have experienced success at various competitions including winning first prize in the Wisconsin State level of the Music Teachers National Association Senior Piano Competition, the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association Young Artist Competition, and the Polish Fest Chopin Competition in Milwaukee and winning second place in the finals of the National Federation of Music Clubs Stillman-Kelly Audition.
Johnson has lectured on a wide variety of topics, is a much sought-after adjudicator and an active accompanist. He is the winner of the UW-Madison Concerto Competition and recipient of the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association Local Member of the Year Award, and the Vilas Travel Grant, for which he traveled to Hungary to study classical-based improvisation.
Williamson is beginning her 28th season as the concertmaster of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra. On numerous occasions she has performed as soloist with the orchestra, and she continues to be an active chamber and orchestral musician throughout eastern Wisconsin.
Williamson was one of the founding conductors of the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony and conducted the Youth Symphony for 15 years. In recent years, she has taken the Youth Symphony on two highly successful U.S. tours, performing in a national orchestral competition in Boston, Massachusetts and on a concert tour to the Charleston, S.C., area.
Williamson has done extensive string teaching in the Sheboygan area. She has coordinated numerous WSMA Music Festivals at Lakeland College as well as the Summer Music Camps at Lakeland for many years and continues as an adjunct member of the faculty at Lakeland. She is a certified instructor of the Suzuki Method of Violin Instruction and maintains a private studio in her home.
Karp is Artist-in Residence and professor of chamber music and cello at UW-Madison, where he is director of the string chamber music program. He has been cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet for the past 32 years.
Karp is an active solo artist, performing numerous recitals annually in the U.S., and has recorded six solo CDs. He is active as a performer of new music and has performed in the premieres of dozens of works, many of which were written for him, including concerti, sonatas and chamber music.
As cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet, he has performed over 1,000 concerts throughout North, Central and South America, Europe, and Japan. His discography with the group has been extensive (over two dozen recordings) and includes the complete string quartets of Ernest Bloch, Miklos Rosza and Karol Szymanowski.
Hartman currently teaches flute at UW-Oshkosh and at Lakeland. She has also taught at DePaul University, UW-Milwaukee and Harper College. She holds a bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied flute with Maurice Sharp and chamber music with John Mack. Her master of music degree is from Northwestern University, where she studied flute and piccolo with Walfrid Kujala.
Hartman's credits include performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Concertante di Chicago, the Chicago Opera Theater, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Forest Symphony.