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The Singing Statesmen and Alumni to Present Spring Concerts May 5 and 6

RELEASED: April 25, 2006

The Singing Statesmen logoEAU CLAIRE — Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen concerts are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The alumni choir of the Statesmen will join the choir for the Saturday performance.

Directed by Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, the Statesmen will begin the concerts with "Behold Man" by Ronald Nelson and Josquin des Prez's "Gloria." The first set of music selections also will feature "Dies Irae" by Z. Randall Stroope. The Stroope selection was dedicated to the Singing Statesmen in 2006 upon the composer's visit to the university as a clinician.

The second set of selections will include "The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard" by Benjamin Britten, featuring freshman James Hahn, Rosemount, Minn., on piano. The Statesmen also will perform "Weepe Not" by Jackson Berkey, commissioned by the ensemble in 2003, and "Private First Class Jesse Givens" by Lee Hoiby.

The Innocent Men, an a cappella group auditioned out of the Statesmen, will open the second half of the concert on Friday. They plan to open with "Flame Turns Blue" and "Scattered," both arranged by Innocent Men member Reid Larsen, a sophomore from Waconia, Minn. Other members of the ensemble are senior Paul Nikstad, Wausau; junior Ryan Summers, Waukesha; junior Jeffrey Parks, Appleton; sophomore Isaias Acosta, Altoona; junior Adam Rubach, Waterford; and sophomore Brian Meyer, Clintonville. The group will close with "Photograph," as arranged by Nikstad.

At the Saturday concert, Anton Bruckner's "Trösterin Musik" and "Locus Iste" will open the second half of the concert. Jackson Berkey's "God Be in My Head" also will be performed. The alumni of the Singing Statesmen will close the third set on Saturday with "Scandalize' My Name," an African American folksong by Gladys Pitcher.

On both nights, the final set of selections will include Eric Whitacre's "Lux Aurumque," Sigmund Romberg's "Sweetheart" and "M-O-T-H-E-R" by Theodore Morse. The Singing Statesmen will conclude with Frank Wildhorn's "By the Sword/Sons of Dixie," arranged for the Statesmen by ensemble alumnus Tom Anderson, and "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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