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Annual Cabaret to Feature
'British Invasion' Theme
MAILED: Jan. 8, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Kicking off the new music and theater season will be the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's 2002 Cabaret, the annual event sponsored by the department of music and theatre arts in cooperation with University Centers and Programs
UW-Eau Claire's 24th annual Cabaret, themed "The British Invasion," will feature music by British musical legends, including the Bee Gees, Dave Clark Five, Bananarama, Phil Collins and many more.
Cabaret performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-19 and Jan. 24-26, with matinees at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26. All shows will be in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.
Cabaret is a 10-month project with an operating budget of $18,000 and has raised more than $165,000 in scholarships for music students.
"Cabaret XXIV will feature 28 songs that have a connection to Great Britain. Each of these songs was made popular by English artists dating back to the '60s," said Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, associate professor of music and theatre arts and executive director of Cabaret.
Several UW-Eau Claire choral ensembles will perform, including the Concert Choirs, Jazz Ensembles, Singing Statesmen, University Symphony Orchestra and Women's Concert Chorale.
The nine student directors, all seniors, select the music, arrange the score and prepare the music with their ensembles.
Student directors for Concert Choir I are Janine Brinkman, New Hope, Minn., and Sam Wulterkens, Stanley. Ben Pries, Kellogg, Minn., and Jennifer Schwartzhoff, Eau Claire, will direct Concert Choir II. Tom Anderson, Aitkin, Minn., and Stephen Clarke, Waupaca, will direct The Singing Statesmen. Dan Urness, Platteville, will direct the Cabaret orchestra. Directors for the Women's Concert Chorale are Brenna Gerke, Verona, and Ann Marie Weisensel, Green Bay.
Copyright issues pose a significant challenge each year to organizers trying to stage the event, Schwartzhoff said, noting that copyright permission must be secured for each composition in the program.
"Unfortunately, the Beatles' music will be noticeably absent from 'The British Invasion,' performance, since we were unable to secure performance rights for any of their songs," Schwartzhoff said. However, he added, the finale for the show, featuring the entire cast, is "Got My Mind on You" by George Harrison.
In addition to the shows, optional buffet dinners will be served at 6 p.m. in the Dulany Inn of Davies Center before the evening performances. A deli and dessert cash buffet will be available starting at 6:30 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. shows, 1 p.m. for matinee shows and during intermission for all performances in the Council Fire Room.
Tickets for the show and dinner are $29.50 for adults, including university faculty and staff; $23.50 for those 62 and older and 17 and younger; or $22.50 for students with a university ID. (ID must be presented at the door; limit two per ID.) Show-only tickets are $16 for adults, including university faculty and staff; $10 for those 62 and older and 17 and younger; or $9 for students with a university ID.
For an informational brochure and order form or for ticket information, contact the University Service Center at (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Jan. 8, 2002