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Department of Music
Wednesday@Noon Performance

Highlanders LOVE Bagpipes!
Ian Whitelaw, UCR Bagpipe Ensemble director
Gary Barnett, piano
Experience the power and artistic expression of UCR’s pipers – Matt Butkus, Mark Reynolds and Kevin Chen – all taught by Ian Whitelaw in the Music Department.  

This will be an hour of music of all types – classical, folk and traditional – played on the bagpipes along with a choir and piano accompaniment by Gary Barnett, also from the music department, performing The Red Hand in the MacDonald’s Arms, a classical bagpipe piece composed 300 years ago by an unknown composer.

The challenges set forth by the bagpipes (as king of the woodwind family) are met and surpassed by these wonderful musicians and they are musical ambassadors for UCR by furthering and fostering the magic of the Great Highland Bagpipe.
May 29, 2019
Wednesday, 12:10 – 1:00 P.M.
Performance Lab, ARTS 166

Ian Whitelaw is a devoted and extremely talented Bagpiper who brings 52 years of education, experience and expertise to his musical performances, competitions and special projects. What distinguishes Ian’s playing is his extraordinary passion, not only to create a remarkable sound of the instrument itself but for the unique way in which the music is expressed. Ian speaks often of his special attention to connecting with the ‘story’ of the musical piece and fulfills this goal daily through his instruction of the bagpipes where he also helps to stimulate the students’ bond with the ‘heart and soul’ of the music. He has been very successful taking the music of the Scottish Highland Bagpipe into the entertainment industry, working as a creative consultant and performer on top films and television shows including The Rundown, The General’s Daughter and The Simpsons.

Free and open to the campus
Information: (951) 827-3245

• The Wednesday@Noon Series offers concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars. Ian Dicke, coordinator.


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