||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
The Singing Statesmen|
To Perform May 7 and 8
MAILED: April 28, 1999|
Due to ticket demand, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's The Singing Statesmen will again perform two concerts during Mother's Day weekend. The concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. May 7 and 8 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
In its 31st year, The Singing Statesmen will present a concert in four sets. "In the second set of the program, we will perform songs about liberty, honor, country and peace, " said Gary Schwartzhoff, associate professor of music and director of The Statesmen.
The second set will open with "The Star Spangled Banner" by John Stafford Smith, and will end with "Song of Peace" by Vincent Persichetti. Schwartzhoff said performing the songs would be timely because of the unrest in Kosovo.
Also in the second set are movements one and four of Randall Thompson's "The Testament of Freedom," which was composed in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Thomas Jefferson. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Randall Thompson.
The Innocent Men, a six-member a cappella group, will perform the third set.
Robert Knight will be a featured baritone soloist in Franz Schubert's "Trinklied." Knight, associate professor of music, regularly performs with UW-Eau Claire ensembles and orchestras in the Chicago area.
Freshmen Andy French, Plymouth, Minn., and Tom Anderson, Aitkin, Minn., will accompany The Singing Statesmen on its spring program.
To close the concert, The Statesmen will continue its annual Mother's Day tradition by presenting red roses to each members' mother while singing Sigmund Romberg's "Will You Remember" from the operetta "Maytime."
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $5 for the public, $4 for seniors, children under 18 or faculty/staff with a university ID, or $1.50 for students with a university ID.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 29, 1999