||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
University Choral Festival
Set for Oct. 15-16
MAILED: Oct. 4, 1999|
Beginning Friday, Oct. 15, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus will be filled not only with the sounds of the hourly bells but also with a multitude of voices for the UW-Eau Claire Choral Festival.
Kicking off the first concert is the A Cappella Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in Schofield Auditorium. The Extravaganza includes six small ensembles that perform a cappella, or without instrumental accompaniment. Friday evening's program includes Eau Claire Memorial High School Madrigals, Fifth Element, Girl's Night Out, Impromptu, Innocent Men and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Senior Brenda Greenwald, Sheboygan, and junior Toby Yatso, Ashwaubenon, will emcee the program.
After 1999 music graduate Rod Stoughton approached Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, UW-Eau Claire director of choral activities, with the idea in 1995, the program has functioned as a showcase for the university choral talent, as well as a fundraiser for the choral division.
The UW-Eau Claire Choral Festival continues at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 16 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center with a choral division concert featuring performances by Women's Concert Chorale, directed by Stephen Rosolack, The Singing Statesmen, conducted by Schwartzhoff, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dan Newman.
The festival will conclude Saturday evening with the festival concert at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall. The program will include performances by the University Concert Choir, directed by Schwartzhoff, Red Wing High School Concert Choir, conducted by Mikkel Gardner, outstanding soloists and the Festival Choir, as well as an audience sing-along.
"The makeup of the Festival Choir is a mirror image of a current student population here in the music department," Schwartzhoff said.
The Festival Choir is composed of junior and senior vocalists from 33 Wisconsin and Minnesota high schools, totaling 175 students.
"We are pleased to welcome these talented musicians to 'Wisconsin's Singing University' for the two-day festival," he said.
Schwartzhoff said the festival serves as an opportunity to recruit prospective music students by first allowing them to observe the university choral students. The students not only observe the performances on campus but also actively participate in rehearsals and the festival concert through the Festival Choir.
The final concert for the weekend includes a joint piece, G.F. Handel's "Antiphonal Alleluia" from "Occasional Oratorio," with the Festival Choir and Red Wing High School Concert Choir arranged by Patrick Liebergen, choral director at UW-Stout.
The Festival Choir is performing four pieces in three languages including "Gate Gate: A Setting of a Buddhist Mantra" by Brian Tate.
Tickets for the A Cappella Extravaganza are $5 for reserved seating and are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727. The other concerts are free of charge.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 4, 1999