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UW-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen
To Perform Spring Concert May 2

 MAILED:  April 22, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. A performance by Innocent Men also will be featured during the concert.

The Singing Statesmen, directed by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, director of choral activities, will begin the concert with "Confirma Hoc, Deus" by Jacob Handl. The concert will continue with "Ave Verum Corpus" by William Byrd and "Ave Maria" and "Sepulto Domino" by Grzegorz G. Gorczycki. The Singing Statesmen also will perform "The Star Spangled Banner" by John Stafford Smith; "Ständchen" by Franz Schubert, featuring mezzo-soprano Kathryn Proctor Duax, professor of music; and "Abendzauber" by Anton Bruckner, featuring baritone Dr. Robert Knight, associate professor of music, and a horn quartet comprised of Andrew Parks, associate lecturer; senior Bryan Jaeckel, Waunakee; senior Jill Johnson, Wisconsin Rapids; and sophomore Matthew Knihtila, Phillips.

The Singing Statesmen also will perform "The Old Refrain," composed by Fritz Kreisler and arranged by Michael Cunningham, professor of music; "Wien, Wien, nur Du Allein," composed by Rudolph Siecznski, featuring tenor Dr. Daniel Newman, associate professor of music; and "A Waltz Dream," composed by Oscar Strauss and arranged by Cunningham. This piece, commissioned for the 25th anniversary of the Viennese Ball, will feature soprano Mitra Sadeghpour, assistant professor of music, and Cunningham on piano.

The Innocent Men, a six part a capella group comprised of members of The Singing Statesmen, will perform "Fall Into Me," "Pachelbel's Canon" and "Dancing In the Moonlight," all arranged by the Innocent Men.

In the final portion of the concert, The Singing Statesmen will perform "Brothers, Sing On" by Edvard Grieg and "In His Care-O," an African American folksong by William Dawson. The concert will conclude with songs of the university, including "Hail University," "Alma Mater" and "Fight Song."

This year marks the 35th anniversary season of The Singing Statesmen. The ensemble represents diverse academic disciplines with a common respect and admiration for choral music. The Singing Statesmen perform choral music representing repertoire from the Renaissance through the Contemporary Period.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $5 for the general public; $4 for those 62 and older, children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.50 for students with a university ID.


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Updated: April 22, 2003