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UW-Eau Claire to Present 30th Annual
Holiday Music Concert Dec. 5

 MAILED:  Nov. 19, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The 30th annual University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Holiday Concert performed by six music ensembles will be presented as a gift to the community by the music and theatre arts department and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in Zorn Arena.

"For three decades this concert has provided an opportunity to share the tremendous talent of our students with the citizens of the Chippewa Valley and to engage in a celebration of the holiday season," said Chancellor Donald Mash. "This musical event is the university's way of expressing gratitude to the people of the region for their support of the educational efforts of UW-Eau Claire."

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

The program will open with "Sussex Carol," an English carol, arranged by Dale Grotenhuis. The piece will be performed by all the choral ensembles and the Brass Ensemble. The Symphonic Choir will then perform "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Ken Darby/Simeone, followed by The Singing Statemen performing "Ave Maria" by Anton Bruckner and Ernani Aguiar's "Salmo 150." The Wind Symphony will then perform "Pie Jesu (Merciful Jesus)" by Gabriel Faure/Andrew Lloyd Weber, arranged by James Sudduth and "Carol of the Bells" by Mykola Leontovich and Peter Wilhousky.

The concert will continue with "Ave Maria" by Laszlo Hálmós and "Go Where I send Thee!" by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory performed by the Women's Concert Chorale. The Concert Choir will perform "Gideon" from "Canticum Novum", as well as "O Magnum Mysterium" by Morten Lauridsen. The University Orchestra will perform Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Bauern Polka, Opus 276" and "Roman Carnival Overture" by Hector Berlioz.

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, or online.



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Updated: November 22, 2004