The Searl Pickett Chamber Music Series has announced its Fall, 2017 season. Now in its 22nd year, the music series was organized especially for the greater Fond du Lac community and features the finest soloists and chamber ensembles in Wisconsin and the Midwest.
Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and will alternate between two locations: Church of Our Saviour, 9th and Main Streets, and the former St. Patrick’s Church, 41 E. Follett St. in Fond du Lac. The Series is affiliated with the Fond du Lac Symphonic Band, which provides production support and tax-exempt status for contributions.
The Wingra Woodwind Quintet will open the 2017 Searl Pickett Chamber Music Series on Friday, September22. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Church of Our Saviour, 9th and Main Streets in Fond du Lac. The Wingra Quintet is comprised of faculty members from the renown UW-Madison Mead Witter School of Music. On Friday, Oct. 13, Church of Our Saviour will again be the location for a classical guitar duo led by Serbian-born classical guitarist Petar Jankovic, a faculty member at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the series will move to the former St. Patrick’s Church on E. Follett Street for a performance by a clarinet, viola and piano trio, led by Milwaukee Symphony principal clarinetist Todd Levy. The Philomusica String Quartet from Milwaukee, with pianist Eli Kalman of UW-Oshkosh, will conclude the series on Thursday, Nov. 16 with a concert at the former St. Patrick’s Church.
The Searl Pickett Chamber Music Series was organized and is coordinated by Fond du Lac native Kay Gainacopulos as a tribute to, and in memory of one of Wisconsin’s finest band directors and teachers, Searl Pickett. A native of Wautoma WI, Pickett’s talent led him to study with the top clarinetist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before being injured as a pilot in World War II. After the war he worked as a professional musician in New York City before returning to the Fox Valley to study music at Lawrence College on the GI Bill.
Following graduation, he was appointed band director at St. Mary’s Springs Academy in Fond du Lac, where he built an excellent band program that continued to thrive until his death in the early 1980’s. While teaching at “the Springs” he also taught clarinet students at several area colleges and was clarinet specialist at the UW-Madison Music Clinics in the 1950’s. Searl Pickett inspired and challenged generations of musicians who came under his influence. Many of them are still teaching and performing as his legacy is passed to future generations.
Season tickets for all four concerts are $45, by mail and also at the door at the first concert. To order season tickets, send your check to: Searl Pickett Series Tickets, P O Box 1483, Fond du Lac WI 54936.