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Singing Statesmen to perform spring concert May 4

April 26, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen will present a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. May 4 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Statesmen, under the direction of Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, will open with "Trösterin Music" by Anton Bruckner and "Miserere Mei, Deus" by Gregorio Allegri. Franz Biebl's "Pater Noster" will feature sophomore Tyler Graf, Muskego; junior Andrew Steffen, New Richmond; and senior Jeremy Gussin, Iowa City, Iowa.

The second set will open with "Die Mainacht" by Johannes Brahms. "Chorus and Drinking Song" by Pietro Mascagni will feature senior Ryan Simmons, Green Bay, tenor. "On Music" by David Dickau will follow, with senior Jory Tuftin, Brooklyn Park, Minn., on cello. "Legacy" by Z. Randall Stroope will conclude the first half of the concert.

The a capella group Innocent Men will perform "The One I've Got," arranged by junior Mark Green, Vadnais Heights, Minn., and "Rescued" and "Blue Cassette," arranged by senior Phil Reilly, Milton.

The Statesmen will continue with "Sing Me to Heaven" by Daniel Gawthrop. "Danny Boy," arranged by Jameson Marvin, will feature Reilly, tenor; and senior Alexander Jacques, Oneida, as student director.

"Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho" by Howard Helvey, "M-O-T-H-E-R" by Theodore Morse, "Will You Remember Me?" by Sigmund Romberg and "I Have Had Singing" by Ron Jeffers will follow.

The concert will end with songs of the university, including "Hail University," "Alma Mater/University Hymn" and "Fight Song."

Accompanists include senior Alex Chilsen, New Richmond, Jacques and Steffen.

The Singing Statesmen is an all-male choral ensemble composed of 57 students from various academic backgrounds. The ensemble has released nine recordings and has represented UW-Eau Claire on six international tours, most recently to Argentina and Uruguay in 2010.

Tickets, available online and at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $6 for the general public; $4 for those 62 and older, 17 and younger, and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.50 for students with a university ID.

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