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The Singing Statesmen of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will perform music from the Renaissance, romantic and contemporary periods for its fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
"I try to cover as many historical periods as possible for our concerts," said Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, associate professor of music and theatre arts and conductor of the choir. "For this concert we will perform selections from three of the five historical periods."
The concert will begin with three scores from the Renaissance period when the group sings "Ave Maria" as a Gregorian chant. The chant is the basis for Tomas Luis de Victoria's motet, which will follow the chant.
To start the romantic portion of the concert the group will perform "Beati Mortui" by Felix Mendelssohn and will continue with works such as "Salvation is Created" by Pavel Tschesnokov.
The final portion of the show will include folk songs and contemporary works. "This portion of the program is all folk songs and contemporary arrangements of popular musical scores," Schwartzhoff said.
Songs included in the section are "Cole's Song" from "Mr. Holland's Opus," which was arranged by Sean Veenendaal, and "Fly Away," arranged by Josh Countryman, a senior from Colfax and former member of the Statesmen. Freshman Mike Rambo, Altoona, will sing a tenor solo for "Cole's Song" and junior Tim Sperduto, Wausau, will sing a tenor solo for "Fly Away."
The concert also marks the beginning of The Singing Statesmen fall tour. Starting the Monday after the concert, Nov. 13, the group will tour high schools all over Wisconsin in an attempt to recruit them as future students and possible Statesmen members. When they stop at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere Nov. 14, Chancellor Donald Mash will address the audience.
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $5 for adults; $4 for those age 62 and older, children 17 and younger, and faculty or 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, 2000