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The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen has hosted the Intercollegiate Men's Choruses National Seminar, performed for the Austrian National Day of Celebration in Chicago and represented UW-Eau Claire on three European concert tours.
The all-male singing ensemble will go on its annual fall tour of Wisconsin Oct. 29 and Nov. 16-18.
The purpose of this tour is to attract new students to UW-Eau Claire, said Gary Schwartzhoff, Statesmen conductor.
"Tour is beneficial to the Statesmen because of the opportunities to perform and the camaraderie established during the time we spend together," said Scott Johanknecht, president of the Singing Statesman. "The fall tour contributes to the recruitment of new students."
The Singing Statesmen will perform at the Wisconsin Music Educators Association State Convention in Madison on Oct. 29.
The fall tour will resume with a 10:20 a.m. concert Nov. 16 at Stevens Point Area High School. The Singing Statesmen will perform at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Cathedral in Fond du Lac. Two area high schools will sponsor the evening concert. UW-Eau Claire alumnus Bill Manka, band director at Goodrich High School, and Paul Daukers, choral director at Lomira High School, have made local arrangements to host the choir.
The Statesmen will perform an 11:30 a.m. concert Nov. 17 at Appleton East High School. The ensemble will then perform a 7:30 p.m. concert at St. Norbert Abbey in DePere. The UW-Eau Claire Alumni Association will sponsor the St. Norbert Abbey concert. Schwartzhoff said he appreciates the Alumni Association's support in sponsoring the alumni concert during the tour.
The tour will conclude Nov. 18 with two performances in Green Bay. It will perform at 9:30 a.m. at Green Bay Preble High School. The last performance of the tour will be at noon at UW-Green Bay's Weidner Center.
"I'm very excited about the UW-Green Bay performance because we will be singing for our peers," Schwartzhoff said.
The repertoire for the tour includes "Missa Brevis," arranged by UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department chair David A. Baker. The Statesmen also will sing selections from Jacob Handl, Mack Wilberg, David Conte and Randall Gill.
The Singing Statesmen represent diverse academic disciplines with a common passion choral music. It has released four recordings in its 31-year history. Two of these recordings are available on compact disc: the 25th Anniversary and Volume 3.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 29, 1998