||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Slated for Dec. 5
MAILED: Nov. 24, 1999|
With the holiday season upon us, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire musical ensembles are preparing for their 25th annual Holiday Concerts.
The 1999 concert brings together Brass Choir, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, Singing Statesmen, Symphonic Choir and Women's Concert Chorale to perform festive music at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in Zorn Arena.
Presented to the community as gifts from the university department of music and theatre arts, along with the University Foundation, the free concerts provide an opportunity for ensembles to perform individually, in combination and all together.
The Brass Choir will open the concert with Gordon Schuster's "A Christmas Festival for Brass Choir," followed by a joint ensemble between the Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra with Carolyn Jennings' "Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain." The Singing Statesmen will continue the performance with "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl.
The Wind Symphony will perform Michael Cunningham's "Hymnal Fantasy and Variations." Then Women's Concert Chorale will perform "Ceremony of Carols" by Benjamin Britten and Edward Elgar's "Fly, Singing Bird." Next, the Brass Choir will return for Leroy Anderson's "Suite of Carols," followed by Concert Choir's set that includes "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and Morten Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium."
Finishing the program will be the Symphony Orchestra's performance of Hector Berlioz's "Hungarian March" and "Can Can" from "Orpheus in the Underworld" by Jacques Offenbach.
For the grand finale, all 450 performers will join together for the traditional performance of "The Joy of Christmas."
"This setting of familiar and beloved carols was commissioned for the Holiday Concerts by the University Foundation and the department of music and theatre arts and premiered in 1989," Stephen Rosolack, concert executive director, said of the final piece.
Tickets are free and are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 24, 1999