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UW-Eau Claire to Host Choral
Festival Oct. 18-19
MAILED: Oct. 3, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Nearly 200 singers from 45 high schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota will participate in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s 11th annual Choral Festival Oct. 18-19.
The annual recruitment event gives outstanding high school vocalists a chance to hear UW-Eau Claire’s major choirs and ensembles, meet the directors and participate in the Festival Concert on Saturday evening. Each school will send one mixed quartet of their most talented vocal musicians.
“Due to the popularity of our choral program, the campus is often called ‘Wisconsin’s Singing University,’” said Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, director of the choral division. “This is our primary recruitment festival during the year. In one day they’ll see our four major choirs and most of our ensembles. We want to give them as much Blugold as possible.”
The festival will open with the “A Cappella Extravaganza” in Schofield Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Tickets are $5 and are available in the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, or at the door.
More than 400 students participate in vocal ensembles at UW-Eau Claire, which has the largest undergraduate music program in Wisconsin. The a cappella concert has been a choral festival tradition since 1996. It will feature six UW-Eau Claire ensembles — Chamber Choir, Innocent Men, 5th Element, Impromptu, Girls’ Night Out and Vocal Jazz. The Eau Claire Memorial High School Madrigals, directed by UW-Eau Claire alumnus George Utphall, also will perform.
On Saturday three choirs — Women’s Concert Chorale, Singing Statesmen and Vocal Jazz Ensemble — will perform at 1:15 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Women’s Concert Chorale, directed by Alan Rieck, will present “Adiemus” by Karl Jenkins, Josef Rheinberger’s composition of Psalm 84:1-4, 11, and “Ride On, King Jesus” by Moses Hogan.
The Singing Statesmen, directed by Schwartzhoff, will perform “Brother’s Sing On” by Edvard Grieg, “Locus Iste” by Anton Bruckner, “Let the Bulgine Run,” arranged by Alice Parker, and “Take Me Home” by Phil Collins and Tom Anderson.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dan Newman, will finish the afternoon concert with six selections, including “How About You,” “I Can Dream, Can’t I,” “Bye Bye Blackbird,” “Ja-Da,” “mas Que Nada” and “Tico Tico.”
The Festival Concert will conclude the day’s activities at 7 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall. The program will include performances by UW-Eau Claire’s Concert Choir, directed by Schwartzhoff, the Altoona Concert Choir, directed by Richard Moses, and the Festival Choir, directed by Schwartzhoff and Rieck.
The concert will conclude with “Get America Singing Again,” an opportunity for audience members along with the choristers to raise their voices to salute our nation.
Outstanding senior vocalists participating in Choral Fest will be selected to perform as soloists in the Festival Concert. The top three finalists selected by the UW-Eau Claire Choral Division will receive $500 scholarships if they attend UW-Eau Claire and participate in a choral ensemble during their freshman year. These scholarships are supported by funds from the Ralph and Peggy Hudson Choral Foundation.
The Saturday concerts are free and open to the public.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: October 22, 2002