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UW-Eau Claire Music Ensembles
To Perform Holiday Concert Dec. 9
MAILED: Nov. 28, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's music and theatre arts department and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will present their annual holiday gift to the community at 2 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, when seven music ensembles will perform in the university's 27th annual Holiday Concert in Zorn Arena.
"The Holiday Concert is a wonderful opportunity for the department of music and theatre arts to showcase our talented students," said concert executive director Gary Schwartzhoff.
The free concert will feature both individual and combined performances by the Brass Choir, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Choir, Women's Concert Chorale, Concert Choir and The Singing Statesmen.
The concert will be dedicated to the memory of Stephen Rosolack, who was a member of UW-Eau Claire's music faculty from 1985 until his retirement in May as associate professor emeritus. Rosolack, who was executive director of the Holiday Concert for many years, died in September.
New decorative banners at the concert will be a change that annual concertgoers will notice, Schwartzhoff said. "We're working to transform Zorn Arena into a more aesthetically pleasing space for a holiday concert," and the banners are the first in a several-year series of changes, he said.
Another change to this year's program will be a new processional, "Personent Hodie," arranged by Lara Hoggard, to be performed by all of the choral ensembles, the Brass Choir and organist Paul Kosower. The Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will then perform Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms," followed by the Symphonic Choir's performance of André Thomas' "African Nöel" and the Symphony Orchestra's performance of "Waltz of the Flowers" and "Trepak" from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite."
The concert will continue with The Singing Statesmen's performance of F. Melius Christiansen's "Beautiful Savior" and Dale Grotenhuis' arrangement of "Deck the Halls," followed by the Women's Concert Chorale performing "Mary's Song of Praise" by Christine Temple-Evans and "Mister Santa" by Pat Ballard and Ed Lojeski. Next, the Concert Choir will perform "Benedicamus Domino" by Peter Warlock and "Hodie Christus Natus Est" by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. The Wind Symphony will finish with Hymn Variants on "Lasst Uns Erfreuen" ("Let Us Be Joyful") by Alfred Reed and "Christmas Jazz Suite" by Bill Holcombe.
The concert will conclude in traditional fashion with participation by all ensembles and the audience in "The Joy of Christmas," arranged by Ross Hastings, a setting of familiar carols that was commissioned for the Holiday Concert and was premiered in 1989.
Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 28, 2001