Singing Statesmen to perform spring concert May 3April 30, 2013
|Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff|
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen will present a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. May 3 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
The Statesmen are directed by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, with accompaniment by senior Andrew Steffen, New Richmond. The choir will open with "I Come Singing!" by Eric Barnum, a piece commissioned by the group in 2010. It will feature Steffen on percussion. The set will continue with "Beati Mortui" by Felix Mendelssohn.
"La Danza" by Giacchino Rossini and James Mulholland was dedicated to the Statesmen in 2008 and will feature sophomore Miles Plant, Brookfield, and Steffen on piano. The first set will close with "In Taberna Quando Sumus" from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.
The second set will include "The Ground" and "Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee?" by Ola Gjeilo. Steffen will conduct his own piece, "Fatigue," and also will accompany James Mulholland's "That I shall Never Look Upon Thee More."
The a cappella group Innocent Men will perform "End of Time" arranged by Philip Reilly, "Lying There," arranged by Steffen and "Come Around," arranged by Tom Anderson.
The Statesmen will continue with "Armed Services Medley" arranged by Justin Lundberg, with Plant and Steffen.
"Danny Boy," arranged by Z. Randall Stroope, will feature junior Megan Sorenson, Onalaska, on oboe and Plant on piano. Reilly's arrangement of "For Freedom" with Plant will follow. "Riders In The Sky," arranged by Norman Luboff and directed by senior Ryan Simmons, Green Bay, will feature junior Jack Donovan, St. Louis Park, Minn., on percussion.
"M-O-T-H-E-R" by Theodore Morse and "Will You Remember?" by Sigmund Romberg will follow. The concert will end with "I Have Had Singing" by Ron Jeffers.
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.