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Eight Strings and a Whistle to perform at UMFK Foundation Dinner

February 14, 2011



 Violist Ina Litera, flutist Suzanne Gilchrest,and cellist Matthew Goeke


The Board of Directors of the University of Maine at Fort Kent Foundation is pleased to announce that its Annual Dinner fundraising event will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Nowland Hall on the UMFK campus.  Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by Eight Strings and a Whistle.

The evening will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m.; followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Eight Strings and a Whistle will perform at 8 p.m. in Fox Auditorium. A post-performance reception will be held at 9 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Room.
Tickets to the event are $50 per person, which includes the social, dinner, admission to the performance, and the post-performance reception. Tickets are available through UMFK Foundation directors and also at the University’s Development Office, located in the Madawaska House at 25 University Drive, Fort Kent, Maine, 04743. 
Tickets to the Eight Strings and a Whistle performance and the post-performance reception only, are priced at $15.
Eight Strings and a Whistle is an exciting and innovative flute, viola and cello trio. It has captivated audiences throughout the Northeast since 1998.  Winner of the Artists International Special Presentation Award, the trio performed its critically-acclaimed New York Debut at Merkin Concert Hall in May, 2003. Eight Strings and a Whistle has established itself as an innovative and exciting ensemble on today’s concert scene. 
Flutist Suzanne Gilchrest, violist Ina Litera and cellist Matthew Goeke draw on their exceptional artistry to create the unique voice of this ensemble. With hidden treasures of the Baroque, Classical and 20th century, as well as commissioned works, Eight Strings and a Whistle reveals the diversity of styles within the old and the new, and unearths a wealth of colorful textures.
Eight Strings and a Whistle was honored to perform for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's sixth anniversary memorial commemorating those lost on September 11, 2001. The trio also has performed to standing ovations throughout Maine as an ensemble in residence with the Arcady Music Festival. Other return engagements have included the Artists' Series at the Third Street Music School Settlement and the popular Music in Chelsea concert series (New York); the Friends of the Library series (Vernon, New Jersey); and in Maine at L'Association Cultural et Historique du Mont Carmel in Lille, and the Oceanside Meadows Institute for the Arts and Sciences in Prospect Harbor.

For further information about tickets, please call the UMFK Development Office at (207) 834-7800.