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UW-Eau Claire to Present 32nd Annual
Holiday Music Concert Dec. 10

RELEASED: Nov. 22, 2006

Holiday Concert posterEAU CLAIRE — A festively decorated Zorn Arena at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will be the setting for the 32nd annual Holiday Concert hosted by UW-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 10.

"I look forward to the opportunity to share with the community this traditional gift, celebrating the talents of our distinguished faculty and the more than 400 students who participate in the performance," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. "It's a wonderful way to set the mood for the holidays and to express thanks to the community for its longstanding support of UW-Eau Claire."

The free concert will feature performances by the Symphonic Choir, the Symphony Orchestra, The Singing Statesmen, the Women's Concert Chorale, the Concert Choir and the Wind Symphony.

The program will open with "Sussex Carol," arranged by Dale Grotenhuis. The piece will be performed by the Choral and Brass Ensemble. The Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will then perform "Magnificat anima mea" by John Rutter, followed by The Singing Statesmen performing "Locus Iste" by Anton Bruckner and "Deck the Halls," arranged by Dale Grotenhuis. The Women's Concert Chorale will perform "Walking in the Air" by Howard Blake and conducted by Joanna Fulton, "Magnificat" by Z. Randall Stroope, featuring soprano Rebecca Lovejoy, Plover, with Katy Eckes, Maple Grove, Minn., and Anna Torgerson, Prior Lake, Minn., on piano. The Wind Symphony will perform "Troika from Lt. Kije" by Sergei Prokofiev and arranged by Mike Vallez, and "Greensleeves" arranged by Alfred Reed. The Concert Choir will perform "Hodie, Christus Natus Est" by Healey Willan and "Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King," an African-American folk song, arranged by Moses Hogan. The concert will continue with the Symphony Orchestra performing "March," "Dance of the Reed Pipes" and "Trepak" from "The Nutcracker Suite, op.71a," by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Levin-Stankevich will give a holiday greeting at 2 p.m. Andrew Soll, vice chancellor for Business and Student Services, will give the holiday greeting at 5 p.m. The concert will conclude with "The Joy of Christmas, arranged by Ross Hastings and performed by the Combined Choirs, Symphony Orchestras and Wind Symphony.

As is the tradition, the UW-Eau Claire Chapter of Mortar Board will collect new children's books for the Give-a-Kid-a-Book project. Audience members are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped children's book to donate.

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727.

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