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UW-Eau Claire Choral Groups to
Perform at WMEA event
MAILED: Oct. 7, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Two premier choral groups from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have been selected to perform at the annual convention of the Wisconsin Music Education Association Oct. 23-26 at the Monona Terrace in Madison.
The Women’s Concert Chorale, directed by Dr. Alan Rieck, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Community Terrace. It will be the chorale’s first appearance at the state convention.
The Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, will perform at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, in the Community Terrace. It will be the 64-member choir’s third appearance at the state convention.
Schwartzhoff said the choral groups were selected to perform for the state’s music educators through a competitive process. “We each submitted a tape and were selected on the quality of our work,” Schwartzhoff said. “It’s a great opportunity for our students, and the chance to get the ear and eye of the state’s music educators and directors is important to our recruitment efforts.”
The Concert Choir will perform eight selections, including music by Russian, Dutch and American composers. The program will open with “Ghospodi, pomily” from “Sacred, Opus 34,” by Grigory Lvovsky and “Gaudete Omnes” from “Cantiones Sacrae” by Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck. “When David Heard” by Norman Dinerstein, “Alleluia” from “Songs of Faith” by Paul Basler, a native of Milwaukee, and “Qui Sedes” by James Fritschel will follow. The final part of the program includes “Otche nash” by Nikolai Golovanov, “The Blue Bird” by Charles Villiers Stanford and a Moses Hogan arrangement of “Hold On!,” commissioned by the Concert Choir in 2002.
Schwartzhoff, who has directed the choir since 1991, said the choir has a long history of juried performances. In 1996, the choir performed at the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association Convention and at the ACDA North Central Division Convention. The choir appeared at the 1997 National ACDA Convention in the premiere performance of “Jacob’s Prayer” by Gian Carlo Menotti. In 1998, the choir was invited to perform at the ACDA Divisional Convention during the Millennium Feast in Minneapolis.
The 75-member Women’s Concert Chorale specializes in the study and performance of music written especially for treble ensembles. The chorale’s convention program will include the world premiere of a setting of Psalm 150 by Christine Temple-Evans. The group will perform Jacob Handl’s “Pueri, concinite,” “Wie Lieblich sind deine Wohnungen” by Josef Reinberger, “Laudate Dominum” by Egil Hovland and “Mary’s Song of Praise” by Temple-Evans. The program also will include “Adiemus” by Karl Jenkins, an Inuit chant, “Nukapianguaq,” “Shall I Compare Thee” by James Mulholland and Moses Hogan’s “Ride On, King Jesus.”
“It’s a good, eclectic program,” said Rieck, who is in his second year at UW-Eau Claire and was recently appointed as Choral Chair for WMEA. “Eau Claire always has a big presence at the state convention and we’re proud to carry on that tradition.”
The Alumni Association will host an alumni reception during the convention. The event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Grand Terrace Room of Monona Terrace in Madison.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: October 7, 2002