MAILED: April 29, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The Vocal Jazz Ensemble will present a concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The ensemble is directed by Daniel Newman, assistant professor of music. The six-member group has completed its semester tour of southern Wisconsin, performing day and evening concerts for several high schools. "They were enthusiastically received by all with standing ovations," Newman said. "It's an exciting group to listen to and watch on stage."
Members of this year's ensemble were part of the ensemble that took "one Ratings" at Jazz Festival held at the University of Northern Colorado in Greely, Colo. At the April 3 UW-Eau Claire Vocal Jazzfest, Vox One, a professional group from Boston and clinicians for the Vocal Jazzfest, asked Newman why the group isn't recording.
"That's the potential these six singers have," Newman said. "It's exciting for them, and it's exciting for me as their instructor."
"The added challenge for the group is that we sing a cappella jazz," he said. "The challenge is just staying in key. There's nothing to fall back on; they're out there on their own."
The members of the group include Nicole Harper, a senior music major from Chippewa Falls, Katie Kelly, a senior music major from Brooklyn Center, Minn., Rachael Brost, a sophomore political science major from McFarland, Rolf Bruhn, a sophomore music major from Waukesha, Kris Larson, a freshman from Bloomington, Minn. , and Jon Gans, a freshman music major from Federal Way, Wash.
The ensemble will perform "Sir Duke" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If it ain't got that swing)" arranged by Anders Edenroth, "I'm with You" arranged by Anders Jackens, "Spain" and "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and "Five Minus One" composed by Randy Crenshaw, "I'll Never Smile Again" and "Straighten Up & Fly Right" arranged by Morgan Ames, "I Hold Your Hand In Mine" arranged by Tom Lear and "Earth, Wind & Fire medley" by Earth, Wind & Fire.
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.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 1, 1997