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UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen to Present Spring Concert May 6

RELEASED: April 22, 2005

Singing Statesmen logoEAU CLAIRE — The Singing Statesmen of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, will open with "Trösterin Musik" and "Ave Maria" by Anton Bruckner. They will follow with "An der schönen blauen Donau" (By the Beautiful Blue Danube), Strauss' famous waltz. Freshman Megan Quinn, Knapp, will accompany on piano. The Singing Statesmen also will perform "Sentimental Souvenirs," an arrangement by Michael Cunningham, UW-Eau Claire professor of music. The new work was arranged by Cunningham specifically for The Singing Statesmen and was premiered at the 31st annual Viennese Ball at UW-Eau Claire. The piece consists of Arthur A. Penn's "Smiling Through," Oscar Rasbach's "Trees" and "The Song of Songs" by Harold Vicars. Wilbur Chenoweth's "Vocalise" also will be presented, featuring soprano soloist Mitra Sadeghpour, assistant professor of music.

The second half of the concert will open with a performance by The Innocent Men, an all male a cappella group. They will present "All at Sea," "Interstate Love Song" and "The Longest Time." Members are sophomore Samuel Nulton, Appleton; sophomore Ryan Summers, Waukesha; freshman Isaias Acosta, Altoona; senior Paul Nikstad, Wausau; freshman Reid Larsen, Waconia, Minn.; sophomore Jeffrey Parks, Appleton; and sophomore Adam Rubach, Waterford.

The Statesmen will return to present their final set of works, including "Mother" by Theodore Morse and Wendell Whalum's "Somebody's Calling My Name." The concert will conclude with "I Go to Rio" by Peter Allen, as arranged by senior Steve Howe, St. Paul, Minn., and the choir's traditional "Songs of the University."

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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