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UW-Eau Claire Presents Annual
Free Holiday Concerts Dec. 8

MAILED: Nov. 25, 2002

         EAU CLAIRE  The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will present the 28th annual Holiday Concerts at 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Zorn Arena.
         “The Holiday Concerts are a wonderful opportunity for the department of music and theatre arts to showcase our talented students,” said Gary Schwartzhoff, director of choral activities and executive director of the Holiday Concerts.
         The free concerts are a gift to the community and will feature both individual and combined performances by the Wind Symphony, conducted by Richard Mark Heidel, assistant professor of music and theatre arts; Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nobuyoshi Yasuda, assistant professor of music; Symphonic Choir, conducted by Alan Rieck, assistant professor of music and theatre arts; Women’s Concert Chorale, also conducted by Rieck; Concert Choir, conducted by Schwartzhoff; and The Singing Statesmen, also conducted by Schwartzhoff.
         The concerts will begin with Dale Grotenhuis’ arrangement of “Sussex Carol,” performed by the combined choirs and Brass Ensemble. Next, the Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and “Gloria in Excelsis” by John Rutter.
         The Singing Statesmen will continue with the Gregorian Chant, “Benedicta Sit,” featuring sophomore Seth Boyd, Burnsville, Minn., and sophomore Joshua Andrew, Eau Claire; and David York’s arrangement of “The Holly and the Ivy,” featuring senior Loni Schiel, East Troy, on cello; and freshman Eric Plotts, Lodi, on guitar.
         The concerts also will include the Wind Symphony’s performance of the old Scottish melody, “Auld Lang Syne,” composed by Charles A. Wiley; and “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson. The Women’s Concert Chorale will perform “Adiemus” by Karl Jenkins from “Songs of Sanctuary.” Concert Choir will perform Dale Warland’s arrangement of “Catalonian Carol,” featuring sophomore Kathy Maza, Eagan, Minn.; and “Glory to God” by Jean Berger. The Symphony Orchestra will perform “Two Dances” by Beatrich Smetana and Hugo Riesenfeld from “The Bartered Bride.”
         The 2002 Holiday Concerts also will include a special gift from music theory and composition graduate, Mark McKenzie. Women’s Concert Chorale and University Orchestra will perform the premiere presentation of “Blizzard Christmas Suite,” composed by McKenzie for the movie of the same title, which will be released during the Christmas season in 2003.
         The Holiday Concerts will conclude with participation by all ensembles and the audience in “The Joy of Christmas,” arranged by Ross Hastings. The University Foundation and the department of music and theatre arts commissioned this arrangement of beloved Christmas carols for the Holiday Concerts and it premiered in 1989.
Tickets for the Holiday Concerts are free, and are available at the University Service Center at (715) 836-3727, or by completing the online reservation form at
         In the spirit of the holiday season, those who attend the Holiday Concerts are invited to bring a new or gently used children’s book for collection and distribution to area children in need. The books for children of all ages will be distributed through the Give-A-Kid-A-Book program of the Friends of L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

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Judy Berthiaume
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Updated: November 25, 2002