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Four UW-Eau Claire Choral Ensembles
to Perform March 13

RELEASED: March 7, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts will present a choral concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 13, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association is sponsoring the concert, which will feature four of the campus choral ensembles: Women's Chorus, conducted by Daniel Newman, associate professor of music; Women's Concert Chorale, conducted by Alan Rieck, assistant professor of music and theatre arts; and Concert Choir and The Singing Statesmen, both conducted by Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music.

Concert Choir, accompanied by senior Stacie Olson, Neenah, will open the performance with "Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal," as arranged by Alice Parker. They also will perform pieces by William Byrd, Z. Randall Stroope and Paul Christiansen. They will finish their portion of the concert with "My God, How Wonderful Thou Art," as arranged by René Clausen.

Women's Chorus, accompanied by freshman Kristin Wood, Black River Falls, will follow with a performance of "Three Spanish Ballades" by Eugene Butler. The piece will begin with "Come at Dawn," followed by "Moon Song" and concluding with "May."

The Singing Statesmen, accompanied by freshman Meghan Quinn, Shoreview, Minn., will present "Trösterin Musik" by Anton Bruckner. They will follow with "God Be in My Head," commissioned by the ensemble in 1993. Their set of music will end with "Steal Away," an African American folk song by Brazeal Dennard.

Women's Concert Chorale, also accompanied by Quinn, will end the concert, featuring music that has been prepared for their upcoming tour of the People's Republic of China. The group will begin with "March of the Volunteers," the Chinese national anthem. Also featured will be "Alleluia" by Randall Thomas and "Shepherd Song," a traditional Chinese song that has been prepared to sing at a joint concert with a Chinese choir while the group is touring. The Concert will conclude with Women's Concert Chorale's performance of "Let it Shine," by Ala-Pöllänen.

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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