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Director of Acclaimed Choral Group to Present
First Fridays Lecture

RELEASED: March 18, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — First Fridays will continue its 2004-05 season with an April 1 lecture on Ireland and the Dublin mystery play "Visitatio Sepulchri," presented by Jordan Sramek. The event is the penultimate presentation of this year's series of programs for senior citizens — "Bringing the World Downtown: A Passport Season."

Jordan Sramek directs the Rose Ensemble, a nationally known choral group from Minneapolis. He will share insights about his discovery of the manuscript of Ireland's earliest, fully extant, medieval drama that focuses on the visit of the three Marys to the tomb of Christ on Easter morning and the great mystery of the disappearance of Christ's body.

Founded in 1996, the Rose Ensemble has enjoyed a prestigious artist residency at The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis since 1997 and maintains an active schedule filled with performances and educational programs nationwide. Called "daring and inventive" by the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, the musicians of The Rose Ensemble have received critical acclaim for their ability to sing both as an ensemble and as individual soloists, while artistic director Jordan Sramek has been lauded for his diverse programming and groundbreaking research. His ensemble has received a Rockefeller "Arts & Religion in the Twin Cities" award, and was nominated for a 2002-03 Minnesota Music Award for Best Classical Artist.

A free continental breakfast will precede Sramek's talk. Doors open for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Lounge at Christ Church Cathedral (corner of Lake and Farwell in downtown Eau Claire). The program follows at 9 a.m.

For the safety of our senior citizen audience, the program will be cancelled if the Eau Claire School District has cancelled or delayed classes in the case of a blizzard or other hazardous weather.

First Fridays is funded by grant support from the Downtown Eau Claire Business Improvement District, the AnnMarie Foundation and Xcel Energy, as well as the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation Community Outreach Program for the Arts. The program is coordinated by Beverly Soll and Jennifer Hinners of the UW-Eau Claire Activities and Programs office and Scott and Heather Kirby of Christ Church Cathedral.

First Fridays events occur on the first Friday of each month October through May, with the exception of January, at no cost to the senior community. For more information about First Fridays, or to be placed on a mailing list, call (715) 836-2787 [ARTS].

The Rose Ensemble will present a staged performance of "Visitatio Sepulchri" for the UW-Eau Claire Artists Series Monday, April 11. Presented in combination with Matt Jenson's New and Slightly Used Dance troupe, the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Ticket information is available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.

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