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UW-Eau Claire’s Singing Statesmen
To Perform Spring Concert May 7

 MAILED:  April 27, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 7, 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 “All That Hath Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord” by René Clausen, featuring tenor Jon Sunde, Amery. The concert will continue with “Alleluia, Amen” by Alan Dunbar and “Bouquets,” as arranged by Michael Cunningham, professor of music, and premiered at the 2004 Viennese Ball. The arrangement includes “Sweethearts” by Victor Herbert and Robert Smith, “Yours is My Heart Alone” by Franz Lehar and Harry Smith, and “the Sari Waltz” by Emmerich Kallman, C.C.S. Sushing and E.P. Hearth. The concert will continue with “Chorus and Drinking Song” by Pietro Mascagni from “Cavalleria Rusticana,” featuring tenor Joe Rand, a senior from Circle Pines, Minn.

The second portion of the concert will begin with “Prayer of the Children” by Kurt Bestor and Rod Stoughton and continue with “Weepe Not” by Jackson Berkey and “Death, Be Not Proud” by Fenno Heath.

The Innocent Men, a six-part a capella group comprised of members of The Singing Statesmen, will then perform “Everyday Love,” as arranged by Tom Anderson, and continue with “This is the Night” and “Say It Ain’t So,” arranged by Michelle Angsten.

The final portion of the concert will start with “Armed Services Medley,” arranged by Justin Lundberg. “Done Made My Vow,” arranged by Wendell Whalum, will be the next piece performed and will feature baritone Justin Lundberg, Eau Claire. The concert will continue with “Fields of Gold,” arranged by Ethan Sperry and featuring several student solos: “Broken Vow” by Lara Fabian and Tom Anderson, featuring tenor Brad Schaack, Cottage Grove, Minn.; and “Will You Remember” by Sigmund Romber. The concert will conclude with songs of the university, including “Hail University,” “Alma Mater” and “Fight Song.”

This year marks the 38th anniversary season of The Singing Statesmen. The ensemble includes students from 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 (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 27, 2004