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Annual Choral Festival to be Held
At UW-Eau Claire Oct. 15-16

 MAILED:  Oct. 7, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Nearly 200 singers from 45 high schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota will participate in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's 13th annual Choral Festival Oct. 15-16.

The annual recruitment event gives outstanding high school vocalists a chance to hear UW-Eau Claire's choral ensembles, work with members of the music faculty and participate in the Festival Concert Saturday evening. Each school will send one mixed quartet of its most talented vocal musicians. The weekend festival will present three public performances.

"Due to the popularity of our choral program, the campus is often called ' Wisconsin 's Singing University ,'" said Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, director of the choral division. "This is our primary recruitment festival during the year. On Saturday, the students will hear three major choral ensembles. We want to give them as much Blugold as possible during the festival."

The festival will open with the "A Cappella Extravaganza" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, in Schofield Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and are available at the University Service Center , (715) 836-3727, or at the door.

More than 400 students participate in vocal ensembles at UW-Eau Claire, which has the largest undergraduate music program in Wisconsin . The a cappella concert has been a choral festival tradition since 1996. It will feature five ensembles — Chamber Choir, Innocent Men, Fifth Element, Impromptu and Girls' Night Out.

On Saturday, the Women's Concert Chorale and The Singing Statesmen will perform at 1:15 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The Women's Concert Chorale, directed by Alan Rieck, will present "Cantate Domino" by Hans Leo Hassler, Randall Thompson's "God's Bottles," and "Under the Sea" by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, as arranged by Kirby Shaw.

The Singing Statesmen, directed by Schwartzhoff, will perform "Psaume 24" by Lili Boulanger; Randall Thompson's "The Testament of Freedom"; the Irish folk song "Danny Boy," arranged by Jameson Marvin; and "Mo Gami Gawa Funa Uta," arranged by Osamu Shimizu. The group will finish the afternoon concert with several Songs of the University.

The Festival Concert will conclude the day's activities at 7 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall. The program will include performances by UW-Eau Claire's Concert Choir, directed by Schwartzhoff; the Muskego High School Chorale, conducted by UW-Eau Claire alumnus Matthew Wanner; and the Festival Honor Choir, directed by Schwartzhoff and Rieck.

The Festival Concert will feature pieces by Johannes Brahms, Allen Koepke, Randall Thompson and more. The program also will include "Get America Singing … Again," an opportunity for audience members along with the choristers to raise their voices to salute our nation.

Outstanding senior vocalists participating in Choral Fest will be selected to perform as soloists in the Festival Concert. The top three finalists selected by members of the voice/choral area will receive scholarships if they attend UW-Eau Claire and participate in a choral ensemble during their freshman year in 2005-06. These scholarships are supported by funds from the Ralph and Peggy Hudson Choral Foundation.

The Saturday concerts are free and open to the public.



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Updated: October 19, 2004