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UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir to Perform Spring Concert

RELEASED: April 7, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Choir will present its spring concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, will open their concert with "Sing Joyfully," a piece by William Byrd, the foremost composer of the Elizabethan Age. The choir will follow with "Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen," the fourth movement from Brahms' most well-known oratorio, "Ein Deutsches Requiem." The group also will perform "Agnus Dei," transcribed from Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings, with senior Anna Nummelin, Stevens Point, as the featured soprano soloist. In the first half of their concert, the choir also will pay special tribute to Dr. David Baker, professor of music, in honor of his retirement and in thanks for his years as a music educator at UW-Eau Claire. The Concert Choir will perform Baker's "When David Heard."

Impromptu, the choir's associated a cappella group, will begin the second half of the concert. Group members are Nummelin; senior Tamra Wickesberg, Shawano; junior C. Max Athorn, Minneapolis, Minn.; junior Marilyn Spiess, Waconia, Minn.; senior Tyler Moen, Colfax; junior Mark Lundin, Blaine, Minn. The group will perform popular songs as well as old favorites.

Following Impromptu's performance, the rest of the choir will return to the stage. They will begin with Alice Parker's arrangement of "Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal" as well as "Saints Bound for Heaven," as arranged by Parker and Robert Shaw. The choir will conclude with "The Best of All Possible Worlds," from Bernstein's "Candide," and Moses Hogan's arrangement of the African American folk song "Elijah Rock."

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or (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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