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Every fall concert for the past five years the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Concert Choir has performed one of Bach's six motets. This year the choir will complete this cycle of motets when the group performs "Jesu, Meine Freude, Motet III" at its Nov. 12 concert.
The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
"It's fitting that we're finishing Bach's motets this year because 2000 marks the 250th anniversary of his death," said Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, associate professor of music and theatre arts and conductor of the choir.
The 25-minute motet will open the program. Nanette Lunde, professor of music and theatre arts, will provide accompaniment on the harpsichord for this selection.
Following Bach's motet, the choir will perform "Regina Coeli" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Jacqueline Cobian, a sophomore from River Falls, will sing a soprano solo, and Elizabeth Leach, a sophomore from Omaha, Neb., will be the accompanist for this work.
After a brief intermission, the choir will perform additional selections, including "The Promise of Living" by Aaron Copland in honor of his 100th birthday.
The concert marks the choir's first performance since its European tour this past summer when the group performed in such places as St. Paul's Cathedral in London and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
"The Concert Choir has an exciting program of choral repertoire from the baroque, classical and contemporary periods planned for their fall concert," said Schwartzhoff, explaining the choir has made a major change in selections. "The works we performed in Europe needed to be a cappella due to the fact that keyboard instruments are not available to the choir in most cathedrals."
The Concert Choir will release a European concert tour CD at this concert. The CD was recorded at various cathedrals in Great Britain, France and Germany during the tour.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $4.75 for adults; $3.75 for those age 62 and older, children 17 and younger, and faculty or staff with a university ID; or $1.25 for students with a university ID.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 29, 2000