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UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen
To Perform Fall Concert Nov. 8 

MAILED: Oct. 28, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. A performance by The Innocent Men also will be featured during the concert.
         The program will begin with The Singing Statesmen, directed by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, associate professor of music, performing “Benedicta Sit” a Gregorian Chant. The ensemble will continue the program with “Ave Verum Corpus” by William Byrd and “Locus Iste” by Anton Bruckner. The performance also will include “Brothers, Sing On” by Edvard Grieg; “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” by William Steffe, accompanied by freshman Dan Mathews, Woodbury, Minn.; and “The Gettysburg Address” by Michael G. Cunningham, professor of music.
         “The Gettysburg Address is a short speech. Probably the most famous short speech there is,” said Cunningham. “Since the words are so potent, the music tries to capture that potency and highlight the emotion that is involved in the text.” This performance will be the premiere of Cunningham’s piece.
         The Singing Statesmen will continue with the Scottish folk song “Barb’ra Allen,” arranged by Randall Gill, and “Take Me Home,” composed by Phil Collins and arranged by Tom Anderson. “Barb’ra Allen” will feature baritone soloist John Mleziva, a senior from Plymouth, Minn. “Take Me Home” will feature sophomore Ryan Greenhill, Shawano, and junior Mike Rambo, Altoona, as soloists and senior Kelly Heyer, Detroit Lakes, Minn., junior Ben White, Eau Claire, and sophomore Tyler Moen, Colfax, on percussion.
         The concert will conclude with The Singing Statesmen performing Songs of the University, including “Hail University”, “Alma Mater” and “The Fight Song.”
         The Singing Statesmen will perform only two concerts this fall. The second concert will be held at the Waupaca High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15. This concert is part of The Singing Statesmen fall tour. The ensemble also will travel to New York City for two days in February.
         This year marks the 35th anniversary season of The Singing Statesmen. The ensemble represents diverse academic disciplines with a common respect and admiration for choral music. The Singing Statesmen perform choral music representing repertoire from the Renaissance through the Contemporary Period. The Innocent Men is a six part a capella group that is part of the Singing Statesmen.
         Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $5 for the general public; $4 for those 62 and older, children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.50 for students with a university ID.

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Judy Berthiaume
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Updated: October 28, 2002