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March 10, 2006

Rob Faust to appear with Winfield Regional Symphony on April 21


Rob Faust, the founder and artistic director of Faustwork Mask Theatre, will appear with the Winfield Regional Symphony April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre.

The newly commissioned “Face: the Music; The Mask Symphony” by Cowley College instrumental music director Gary Gackstatter will be performed for the first time. Tickets can be purchased in Arkansas City at Cowley College’s Sid Regnier Bookstore, located at 207 W. Fifth Ave, or by calling (620) 441-5277 or (316) 554-2700. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for students.

The symphony is a multi-movement work, with each movement featuring Faust in a different mask. Gackstatter and Faust have collaborated to have the music depict the character and personality of each mask.

The masks Faust creates range from various animals and bizarre creatures to hilarious humans and an Elvis impersonator. This entertaining show is fun for the entire family.

“Rob Faust is one of the most unpredictable people I have ever worked with,” Gackstatter said. “His mind is incredibly creative and moving in so many directions at once. This piece will be one of the most spontaneous we have ever performed, as well as one of the most fun concerts for everyone involved.”

Since 1983, Rob Faust has appeared worldwide at a variety of venues, including The Sydney Opera House, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., The Kentucky Center for the Arts, and The Maui Arts and Cultural Center.

He has performed and choreographed with Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Martha Clarke, Mangrove, Jules Feiffer, and the Paul Winter Consort. He sculptures and masks have been commissioned by the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Pilobolus, Momix, Harvard University, the Paul Winter Consort, and David Kirke/Callaway Editions, Inc.

Faustwork members appear hundreds of times annually at theatres, festivals, universities, corporate events, and schools throughout the United States and Canada. Faust designs and creates all of the masks used in Faustwork shows, which include the Mask Messenger, Faustwork in Concert, Voice of the Wood, and Carnival Knowledge.

Local audiences will remember Faust for his work with PrairieFest. He was commissioned to add a visual element to cellist, Eugene Friesen’s composition “Grasslands”. The choreographed performance in Arkansas City included masked dancers, the Winfield Regional Symphony Orchestra and the Paul Winter Consort.

Faust has also worked with the Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina. A bronzed mask of “Old Man River” was created for the event and a troupe of masked characters (local actors) paraded both on and off stage.

While on the Cowley College campus, Faust will hold workshops with the college drama and 3D art classes as well as at Arkansas City High School.