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For the first time, a recorder orchestra will perform at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh as part of a 25th anniversary recital featuring the compositions of Professor James Chaudoir. The free event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Arts and Communications Building.

Chaudoir, who has taught at the University for 25 years, will celebrate his career with the presentation of music he has composed over the past five years. In addition to the 17-member recorder orchestra, music department faculty members Eli Kalman, Klara Bahcall, Andre Gaskins, Jeri-Mae Astolfi and Rob McWilliams will perform.

“This will be the first time that a recorder orchestra has performed on stage at the University, opening a new genre of music to the audience,” Chaudoir said. “Not all of the works will be ‘world premiers,’ as some have been performed elsewhere around the nation; however, this will be the first time they’ve been heard in Oshkosh.”

Chaudoir is a highly commissioned and recognized composer. His works have been performed throughout Europe and Asia and in major cities across Canada and the United States. He has received two Endowment for Excellence awards and a Rosebush Professorship at UW Oshkosh.