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UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen
To Perform Bon Voyage Concert
MAILED: May 14, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen will be traveling abroad to Austria and Italy leaving Wednesday, May 22, and returning Thursday, June 6.
Before departing, the group will perform a Bon Voyage concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at First Congregational Church, Eau Claire. The group will perform the repertoire for their overseas concerts. A free will donation will be taken at the door.
The ensemble will arrive in Graz, Austria on Thursday, May 23, where the group will spend two nights and perform in the Concert Hall of the Karl-Franzens Universität and attend a reception hosted by the mayor of Graz.
Next, the ensemble will travel to Vienna, Austria and spend three nights. While in Vienna, the group will participate and sing at a mass in St. Stephen's Cathedral and perform in a concert in Karlskirche as part of the "American Celebration of Music in Austria." They also will take a guided tour of "Musical Vienna" which includes several composers' homes and the Collection of Musical Instruments in the Hofburg.
The ensemble's last stop in Austria will be Salzburg, where they will spend two nights and perform in two concerts as part of the "American Celebration of Music in Austria." The first is in Melk Abbey and the second is in the Concert Hall in St. Johann im Pongau. The group also will participate in the Corpus Christi Day mass at the Salzburg Dom.
The next stop is Venice, Italy, where the Singing Statesmen, along with conductors Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, associate professor of music, and Dr. Alan Rieck, assistant professor of music, will spend two nights and participate in a mass at San Marco Cathedral.
Florence, Italy, a former Roman colony rich in history, will be the site of the Statesmen's next concert. After spending the day sightseeing, the group will perform an evening concert at Chiesa di S. Jacopo sopr'Arno.
The group will arrive in Rome on Monday, June 3, and spend the remainder of their trip here. They will participate and sing in two masses, one in the Siena Duomo and one at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, and perform a concert at the Trinita Dei Monti Church. The group also will tour the historic city of Rome and take a guided tour of Religious Rome that will include the Vatican City, the center of Roman Catholicism and home of the Pope, the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Cathedral and the Sistine Chapel.
"This is a wonderful experience for the students," said Schwartzhoff. "It gives them a chance to visit other countries and share their music."
The 53-student group will perform two repertoires, one sacred, one secular. The sacred repertoire includes such pieces as "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl, "Go Down Moses" arranged by Moses Hogan, "Pater Noster" by Franz Biebl and "The Lord Bless You" by Earl Fred Morris and Sean Veenendaal. The secular repertoire includes works such as "Consecrate the Place and Day" by Lloyd Pfautsch, "Danny Boy" arranged by Jameson Marvin, "The Star Spangled Banner" by Johann Smith and "Trinklied" by Franz Schubert.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: May 14, 2002