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World premiere works to be featured in Choral Residency Concert Nov. 9

November 6, 2012
Ola Gjeilo

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present a Choral Residency Concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The artist-in-residence for Nov. 8-9 will be composer Ola Gjeilo, whose residency is sponsored in part by the UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation Ross Hastings Fund and the department of music and theatre arts.

The Nov. 9 concert will feature the world premiere of Gjeilo's "Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee," which consists of three works. Each work is a part of a poem by Emily Brontë.

"We are extremely fortunate to host Ola Gjeilo, composer, at 'Wisconsin's Singing University' in a residency that will feature the premiere of three new choral works sponsored by the Ross Hastings Fund in the UW-Eau Claire Foundation," said Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music. "The residency will provide our students and faculty a rare opportunity to learn from a leading choral composer in the United States today."

Gjeilo, born in Norway in 1978, moved to the United States in 2001 to begin composition studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. His concert works are performed throughout the world and he currently is a full-time composer based in the United States. Gjeilo enjoys writing music for choir, orchestra, symphonic winds and piano. He also is very interested in film, and his music draws inspiration from movies and cinematic music.

While at UW-Eau Claire Gjeilo will work with four choir ensembles. He also will present a master class presentation at 10 a.m. Nov. 9 in Room 143 of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Nov. 9 concert will feature UW-Eau Claire's Women's Chorus, The Singing Statesmen, Women's Concert Chorale and Concert Choir.

Women's Chorus, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Pétillot, lecturer of voice, will open with "La lluvia" by Stephen Hatfield. "O Vos Omnes" by Tomás Luis de Victoria will follow. It will end with "I Will be Earth" by Gwyneth Walker. Freshman Alex Munger, New Berlin, will accompany on piano.

Women's Concert Chorale, directed by Dr. Alan Rieck, associate professor of music, will begin with "V'amo do core" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It will follow with "The Storm is Passing Over" by Charles Albert Tindley and Barbara Baker, featuring senior Stephanie Fedderly, Reedsburg, as the student conductor. "Dance on My Heart" by Allen Koepke will be next. "Gloria" by Gjeilo will follow, featuring senior Elliott Etzkorn, Savage, Minn., and sophomore Kayla Shoemaker, Eau Claire, on piano. Women's Concert Chorale will then be joined by Women's Chorus for "Tundra" by Gjeilo. The song will feature senior Kathleen Henderson, Sheboygan, on violin, junior Linda Bagley, Duluth, Minn., on violin, sophomore Laura Severson, Stoughton, on viola, and sophomore Kaitlyn Witherspoon, Monona, on cello. Shoemaker will accompany on piano.

The Singing Statesmen, under the direction of Schwartzhoff, will open with "O Filii et Filiae" by Volckmar Leisring. The group will continue with "Cantique de Jean Racine" by Gabriel Fauré, which will feature sophomore Matthew Weiss, Muskego, on clarinet and sophomore Miles Plant, Brookfield, on piano. "Ubi Caritas" by Gjeilo will follow. The Statesmen will conclude with "Gaudete!" by Michael Engelhardt, which will feature senior Bill Seipel, Eau Claire, tenor; senior Joe Kastner, Reedsburg, bass; and sophomore Sebastian Armendariz, Brooklyn Park, Minn., senior Derek Sandkamp, Forest Lake, Minn., senior Andrew Steffen, New Richmond, and senior Phil Reilly, Milton, as percussionists. Steffen and Plant will accompany on piano.

Concert Choir, also under the direction of Schwartzhoff and accompanied by Steffen and junior Megan Sorenson, Onalaska, will begin with "Be Not Afraid" by Knut Nystedt and will follow with "O Magnum Mysterium" by Kevin A. Memley. Gjeilo's "The Ground" will include Henderson and Bagley on violin, Severson on viola and Witherspoon on cello. "Pilgrim's Hymn" by Stephen Paulus and "Wade in de Water" by Allen Koepke will follow.

The commissioned works, "Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee" will then be performed. The Singing Statesmen will begin with "Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee," followed by Women's Concert Chorale with "I Know My Mountain Breezes" and Concert Choir with "Few Hearts To Mortals Given."

The concert will conclude with Gjeilo's "Luminous Night of the Soul." It will feature Henderson and Bagley on violin, Severson on viola and Witherspoon on cello.

Tickets to the Nov. 9 Choral Residency Concert, available at the 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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