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Concert Choir to Perform at UW-Eau Claire April 20
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MAILED: April 15, 1997

EAU CLAIRE - The Concert Choir will present a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 20, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The group will be directed by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, assistant professor of music and theatre arts.

Among the pieces which will be performed is Gian Carlo Menotti's "Jacob's Prayer." Menotti is a well-known contemporary composer. His piece premiered at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention on March 8 in San Diego. The text for this work "was a reflection of my own life's story," Menotti said. The Concert Choir performed the piece in a mass choir with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

Another piece the concert will perform is Samuel Barber's "Agnus Dei." "Barber and Menotti were lifelong friends," Schwartzhoff said. "They worked together and shared a composing house; they collaborated on numerous events."

The Concert Choir will also perform "Musical Selections from Martin Guerre" by Claude-Michael Schonberg with arrangement by Sean Veenendaal, a graduate of UW-Eau Claire. The work was a contemporary piece from the time of the religious wars. The story of the piece relates to the motion picture "Somersby," and tells the story of Catholic vs. Protestant struggles and feuds over land and family lineages. The piece is "very powerful," Schwartzhoff said.

The Concert Choir will also perform "Hymnus Paradisi" by Herbert Howells, "How Great Are Thy Wonders, Opus 52, Number 2" by Georg Shumann, "Zum Gali" with arrangement by Maurice Goldman, and "Jesus Is A Rock In A Weary Land" by Glenn Burleigh. Impromptu, a six-member a cappella ensemble, also will perform several selections.

Tickets for the concert are $4.50 for the general public; $3.50 for senior citizens, children under 18, and faculty and staff; or $1.25 with a UW-Eau Claire ID. Tickets are available in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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(715) 836-4741

Updated: April 15, 1997