||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Singing Statesmen to |
Perform May 8 and 9
MAILED: May 1, 1998|
EAU CLAIRE The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present a Singing Statesmen Concert at 7:30 p.m. on May 8 and 9 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
The concert will be conducted by associate professor Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff.
The Singing Statesmen is celebrating its 30th anniversary as one of the premier university male choruses in the country. It was established by Morris D. Hayes in 1967 when he sought to create an outstanding choral ensemble for male voices. The ensemble has been directed by three conductors: Hayes from 1967-1988, Bruce G. McInnes from 1988-1990 and Schwartzhoff from 1991-present.
The Statesmen most recently performed in March at the American Choral Director Association North Central Division Convention in Minneapolis.
It will present several pieces including "Sing Dem Herrn" by Michael Praetorius, "Ascendit Deus" by Jacob Handl, "Sing Merrily Unto God," commissioned for the 1997-98 season, by Rene Clausen and "God Be In My Head" by Jackson Berkey.
"O Captain! My Captain!" from "American Song," "Waitin' for the Dawn of Peace" and "Funeral March on the Deaths of Heroes" will be presented next as a tribute to fallen veterans.
After a brief intermission, The Innocent Men, a six-member a cappella ensemble, will perform.
On Saturday, May 9, the Singing Statesmen Alumni Chorus will perform "Trosterin Musik" by Anton Bruckner, "Ave Maria" by Tomas Luis de Victoria, "Landsighting" by Edvard Grieg and "Mary Had a Baby" by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw.
The Statesmen will close the concert with "Pretty Saro" by Mark Keller, "Lowlands" and "Vive L'Amour" by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, "Ragged Leevy" by David Morrow, "Will You Remember" from "Maytime" by Sigmund Romberg and "Songs of the University."
Tickets for the concert are $5 for the general public; $4 for senior citizens, youths and faculty and staff with a university ID; or $1.50 with a student ID. Tickets may be purchased at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 1, 1998