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UW-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen to Perform Bon Voyage Concert

RELEASED: Nov. 30, 2005

UW-Eau Claire Singing StatesmenEAU CLAIRE — In preparation for their international tour of Brazil, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen will perform a bon voyage concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at First Congregational Church of Eau Claire.

The Singing Statesmen's program will open with "Behold Man" by Ronald Nelson and "Salmo 150" by Ernani Aguiar. Other selections will include Randal Thompson's "Alleluia," Eric Whitacre's "Lux Aurumque," and "The Morning Trumpet," an African American folksong arranged by Mark Wilberg.

The Innocent Men, an all-male a cappella group comprised of auditioned members of the Statesmen, will take the stage at the start of the second half of the concert. They will perform three popular pieces arranged for a cappella by members of the group: "Through with You," arranged by sophomore Reid Larsen, Waconia, Minn., and "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" and "Word Play," arranged by senior Paul Nikstad, Wausau.

The Statesmen will return to the stage to complete the concert with a final set of selections, including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," "Christmas Time is Here Again" by Willard Fast and "Girl from Ipanema" by Antonio Carlos. The final selection for the concert will be Peter Allen's "I Go to Rio," as arranged by Steven Howe, a recent alumnus of the ensemble. The group will be accepting free will donations at the concert to aid the group with extra expenses for the trip.

The Statesmen depart for Brazil on Dec. 26 and plan to return on Jan. 5. During the ten-day tour of Rio de Janeiro, the ensemble will perform five scheduled concerts in the surrounding area. The group also will visit numerous tourist spots on their stay, including the Maracanã Soccer Stadium, the summer residence of Emperor Pedro II, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Fort Santa Cruz. This is the choir's first international tour to Brazil.

The Singing Statesmen are conducted by Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music and director of choral activities at UW-Eau Claire. This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the ensemble as one of the premier university male choruses in the United States of America. This will be the ensemble's forth international tour since 1980. They have released seven recordings available to the public and plan to release their eighth, titled "A Testament," during the 2006 choral season.

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