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Gospel Great Robert Robinson to Perform
Holiday Concert at UW-Eau Claire Dec. 2

RELEASED: Nov. 10, 2006

Robert RobertsonEAU CLAIRE — Favorite classics and new holiday songs will be performed by Twin Cities gospel great Robert Robinson at "Songs for the Season," a Dec. 2 holiday concert at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Holly Collison and the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir will be special guests at the concert, which will feature a 12-piece orchestra. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Zorn Arena.

The program will include a guest appearance by the UW-Eau Claire Gospel Choir.

Named Best Male Vocalist by City Pages in its Best of the Twin Cities 2006, Robert Robinson launched his career at the age of six as lead vocalist with his family, the Robinson Children. Since then, the Twin Cities' "Pavarotti of Gospel" has performed with such greats as Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Jermaine Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Mattie Moss Clark and the Clark Sisters, the Steele Family and the Sounds of Blackness. He toured as a soloist in pianist Lorie Line's holiday extravaganza for 15 years before creating his own holiday tour this year.

Robinson also directs the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, and together they received the Minnesota Music Award for Best Gospel Act in October. The ensemble gathers singers of various musical experience, ethnic backgrounds and ages to celebrate music and spirituality through the rich tradition of African American religious music. Invariably bringing audiences to their feet through its spirit and harmonies, the choir has performed at hundreds of events in venues as varied as the Historic State Theater, the Orpheum, Central Baptist Church in St. Paul, the Ordway Theater, Red Wing Correctional Facility, People Serving People 410 Homeless Shelter, the Governor's Mansion, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and the Minneapolis Metrodome.

Main floor reserved seating is $26 for the public; $23 for those age 17 and younger, or age 62 and older; and $21 for UW-Eau Claire students. Reserved seating in the bleachers is $21 for the public; $18 for those age 17 and younger, or age 62 and older; and $16 for UW-Eau Claire students. General admission seats in the gallery are $16 for the public; $13 for those age 17 and younger, or age 62 and older; and $11 for UW-Eau Claire students. All ticket prices include a $1 facility fee.

Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center and will also be sold at the door. Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The concert is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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