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UW-Eau Claire to Present 29th Annual
Holiday Music Concert Dec. 7

 MAILED:  Nov. 21, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s music and theatre arts department and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will present their annual holiday gift to the community at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, when six music ensembles will perform the university’s 29th annual Holiday Concert in the festively decorated Zorn Arena.

“This concert has been the university’s and foundation’s gift to the Eau Claire community for nearly three decades,” said Chancellor Donald Mash. “It is our way of sharing our talent and expressing our appreciation for the excellent relationship the university enjoys with the Chippewa Valley.”

The free concert will feature both individual and combined performances by the Wind Symphony, conducted by Richard Mark Heidel; the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nobuyoshi Yasuda; the Symphonic Choir and Women’s Concert Chorale, directed by Alan Rieck; and the Concert Choir and The Singing Statesmen, directed by Gary Schwartzhoff, who also serves as executive director for the Holiday Concert.

The concert will be dedicated to Bob and Claribel Rowan of Eau Claire, who have sponsored this event through a generous gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Their gift this year supports production costs of the concert and several scholarships awarded through the department of music and theatre arts. Bob Rowan served as a lecturer in the College of Business from 1980 to 1987, following a 35-year career in manufacturing, and both the Rowans are long-time advocates of the university.

The program will open with the processional, “Personent Hodie,” which was performed to open the Holiday Concert for the first time last year. The piece, arranged by Lara Hoggard, will be performed by all of the choral ensembles and a Brass Ensemble. The Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will then perform Frances Poulenc’s “Gloria,” followed by The Singing Statesmen performing Michael Cox’s “O Holy Child” and “Ascendit Deus” by Jackson Berkey. The Symphony Orchestra will then perform the march from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” the polka “Ohne Sorgen” by Josef Strauss and the “Radetzky March” by Johann Strauss.

The concert will continue with the Women’s Concert Chorale performing “Fruitcake” by Philip Hagemann and Penny Leka and “Deck the Hall,” as arranged by James McKelvy. The Concert Choir will perform the French carol “Ding Dong! Merrily on High” and James Fritschel’s arrangement of “O Come, Little Children,” followed by a performance of Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” by the Wind Symphony.

Following a holiday greeting from Mash, the concert will conclude in traditional fashion with participation by all ensembles and the audience in Ross Hastings’ arrangement of “The Joy of Christmas,” a setting of familiar carols that was commissioned for the Holiday Concert and premiered in 1989.

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.


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Updated: November 21, 2003