||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
To Perform Nov. 12
MAILED: Oct. 29, 1999|
Before leaving town for their fall tour, The Singing Statesmen will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
The four-set program will open with composers including Michael Praetorius, Anton Bruckner, Franz Biebl, Jackson Berkey and Fenno Heath.
Following the first set The Statesmen will celebrate the 100th anniversary of composer Randall Thompson's birth by performing his piece "The Testament of Freedom." This piece was composed in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Jefferson and includes text from the writings of Jefferson. In 1945, a Boston Symphony Orchestra performance was scheduled when the news came of the death of President Roosevelt. Rather than cancel the concert, the conductor insisted that the concert be given and that it be open to the public free of charge. The concert finished with "The Testament of Freedom" and "The Star Spangled Banner."
The six-member Statesmen a cappella group, The Innocent Men, will perform the third set of the program.
Finally, a multicultural set of songs will comprise the last set, including Irish, Celtic, African American and Jamaican music. Concluding the program will be songs of the university.
Director and associate professor of music Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff said some of the music performed in this concert will be included in a March 2 performance at the North Central Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Madison.
"The Statesmen will appear in a concert session with a women's chorus from St. Olaf and the Concert Choir from the University of Wisconsin-Madison," Schwartzhoff said.
Shortly following the Nov. 12 concert, The Singing Statesmen will tour southeastern Wisconsin Nov. 15-17. Stops on their tour include Whitewater High School, Muskego High School, St. Leonard Catholic Church in Muskego, Kettle Moraine High School, Waukesha West High School and Hartford Union High School. The Singing Statesmen also will perform at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee.
Some stops on the tour are especially significant to the group as former Statesman and UW-Eau Claire 1998 graduate Matthew Wanner is the Muskego High School choir director. Two stops will be made at current Statesmen members' high schools: Freshman James Woodley attended Whitewater High School and senior Robert Schlidt attended Hartford High School.
Tickets for the Nov 12 concert, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $5 for the public, $4 for seniors, children 17 and under 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: Oct. 29, 1999