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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
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UW-Eau Claire To Present
Choral Fest Oct. 12-13
MAILED: Oct. 8, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Choral Division will present three concerts in conjunction with Choral Fest, a celebration of music and a recruitment festival for high school choral students.
         The festival will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in Schofield Auditorium with an A Capella Extravaganza, featuring UW-Eau Claire’s Chamber Choir, Innocent Men, Girls’ Night Out, Impromptu, 5th Element and the Eau Claire Memorial Madrigals, directed by UW-Eau Claire graduate George Utphall. Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, are $5 for all attendees.
         The events Saturday, Oct. 13, will begin in the morning when students from more than 40 high schools throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota come to UW-Eau Claire to participate in a performance with UW-Eau Claire choral students. Select students also will be auditioning for three $500 scholarships from the Ralph and Peggy Hudson Choral Foundation.
         An afternoon concert featuring a variety of UW-Eau Claire choral groups will begin at 1:15 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Women’s Concert Chorale, directed by Alan Rieck, assistant professor of music and theatre arts, will begin with two works: Rupert Lang’s “Spirit of the Child” and “We Are” by Ysaye Barnwell. The Singing Statesmen, conducted by Gary Schwartzhoff, will follow with four works including “Consecrate The Place and Day” by Lloyd Pfautsch and “Set Me as a Seal” by Rene Clausen. Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dan Newman, will finish the afternoon program with four works including “Deep River” arranged by Phil Mattson and “There Will Never Be Another You” arranged by Anders Jalkeus.
         The festival will conclude Saturday evening with the festival concert at 7 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall. The program will include performances by University Concert Choir, directed by Schwartzhoff, and Waconia High School Concert Choir, conducted by Aaron Olson, a 1991 UW-Eau Claire graduate. The concert titled “Get America Singing Again” also will include an opportunity for audience members, along with more than 200 choral members, to raise their voices to salute our nation.
         The Saturday concerts are free of charge.


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Updated: Oct. 8, 2001