Rountree Ensemble to finish its season with Beethoven masterpiece

April 15, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis.— The Rountree Ensemble, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s chamber music ensemble-in-residence, will perform the final concert of its 2012-13 season on Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall.

The concert will feature an early masterpiece of Ludwig van Beethoven, his quintet for piano and winds. John Marco, the ensemble’s clarinetist and artistic director, spoke about this work, “Beethoven lavished much care in the composition of this quintet. He was obviously influenced by Mozart’s creation for the same combination. It represents the one of the finest examples of his early works and demonstrates his total mastery of the classical style.”

Also included on this program is, “Three Sea Shanties” by the British composer Malcolm Arnold, quintet for winds by the French composer Paul Taffanel, and quintet for winds by the American composer Robert Muczynski. “The “Sea Shanties” are upbeat, humorous pieces that will begin the concert with verve,” said Marco. The Taffanel quintet is a virtuoso work, extremely well constructed and musically satisfying. The Muczynski quintet is clearly etched, beautifully scored and shows that American composers are second to none on the international music scene. As with all Rountree Ensemble concerts, we strive to offer programs that have variety and content.”

Rountree Ensemble is currently planning its 2013-14 season and it will soon announce concert dates and programs. “The 2012-13 season has been our best yet, and we intend to make our 12th season better still. Stay tuned,” said Marco.

Tickets, which are $10 for general admission and $4 for students and seniors, can be purchased through the University Box Office at (608) 342-1298 or online at

For more information, contact Marco at (608) 342-1012 or

Contact and written by: John Marco, lecturer, UW-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1012,

Formatted by: Eileen McGuine, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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