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UW-Eau Claire to Present 31st Annual Holiday Music Concert Dec. 11

RELEASED: Dec. 1, 2005

UW-Eau Claire student playing with the Symphony Orchestra
UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir members
Photos by Rick Mickelson, LTS.

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will continue a long-standing tradition by offering the 31st Holiday Concert at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 11 in Zorn Arena.

"This performance is a special gift to the community, which shares the talents, energy and commitment of the more than 400 UW-Eau Claire students who participate in the concert," said Interim Chancellor Vicki Lord Larson. "This is a chance for our distinguished music faculty and dedicated students to share their musical abilities as an expression of thanks to the community for its continuing support of education at UW-Eau Claire."

The free concert will feature performances by the Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra, The Singing Statesmen, the Women's Concert Chorale, the Concert Choir and the Wind Symphony.

The program will open with "Personent Hodie" arranged by Lara Hoggard. The piece will be performed by the Choral and Brass Ensemble. The Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will then perform "And the Glory of the Lord" and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from "The Messiah" by George Frideric Handel, followed by The Singing Statesmen performing "Christmastime is Here Again" by Willard Fast and "Betlehemu" by Via Olatunji/Wendell Whalum. The Women's Concert Chorale will perform "Ava Maria" by Gustav Holst and "Mister Santa" by Pat Ballard. The Symphony Orchestra will perform "Hungary Rhapsody No. 2" by Franz Liszt and the Concert Choir will perform "O Come, All Ye Faithful" arranged by Jackson Berkey and "Caritas et Amor" by Z. Randall Stroope. The concert will continue with "Fantasy on a Gaelic Hymnsong" by David Holsinger and "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson.

Following a holiday greeting from Larson, the concert will conclude in traditional fashion with participation by the combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony and the audience in Ross Hastings' arrangement of "The Joy of Christmas," a setting of familiar carols that was commissioned for the Holiday Concert and premiered in 1989.

In conjunction with the concert, the Student Association of Student Social Workers will be collecting new children's books for the Give-a-Kid-a-Book program. Audience members are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped children's book to donate.

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.

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