|UW-Eau Claire||News Bureau|
|Schofield Hall 218|
|Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
MAILED: April 10, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE - The American Boychoir will close the Artists Series season at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Tuesday, April 29. The concert, conducted by James Litton, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.
Litton is music director of the American Boychoir School in Princeton, N.J. -- the home of the American Boychoir, which was founded in 1937. The choir is on a month-long concert tour of the upper Midwest, presenting concerts in Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois and Iowa, in addition to several concerts in Wisconsin.
Long considered America's premiere concert boys choir, the American Boychoir began this season with a European tour starting in Copenhagen, the official 1996 Cultural Capital of Europe. The choir was one of three musical organizations representing the United States -- the other two were the New York Philharmonic and the Kronos Quartet -- and presented two concerts there as part of the year-long festival of the arts. After performing in northern Germany and Iceland, the choir joined the Drakensberg Boys Choir from South Africa for performances in the eastern United States.
The choir performed twice this year with the New York Philharmonic. In January, the choir sang Mahler's Third Symphony, conducted by Zubin Mehta; and in February the choir was invited to perform Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" under the direction of Kurt Masur.
The choir has appeared in PBS-TV Christmas specials and on NBC's "Today Show," and can be heard on classical music radio stations throughout the country. The choristers can also be heard on movie soundtracks, TV and radio commercials, and on their many recordings. "Carol," their newest recording for Angel Records, joins the popular "Hymn" and "By Request," also on the Angel label.
The American Boychoir is the country's only non-sectarian boarding choir school, enrolling 80 boys from across North America. Auditions for a place at the school are held after every concert when the choir is on tour.
Tickets are $15 for the general public; $13 for those age 62 and over, and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $5 for those age 17 and under, and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door.
Funding for The American Boychoir concerts has been made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, which has designated The American Boychoir as a Major Impact Organization and a Distinguished Arts Organization. The American Boychoir is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency that supports the visual, literary and performing arts to benefit all Americans. The American Boychoir's national concert season is sponsored in part by the Princeton University Store, Music Department.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
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Updated: April 14, 1997