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UW-Eau Claire's Annual Choral Fest
Set for Oct. 13-14

RELEASED: Oct. 5, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present its annual Honor Choir Choral Festival events Friday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 14.

The Festival is set to open with the A Cappella Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in Schofield Auditorium. The event will feature six a cappella groups composed of UW-Eau Claire students. The UW-Eau Claire Chamber Choir, Fifth Element, Girls Night Out, Impromptu, Innocent Men and Audacious all will perform pieces in the concert. Audacious, a new, all-female a cappella group, will make its first appearance at A Cappella Extravaganza.

The events of Saturday, Oct. 14, will begin with the UW-Eau Claire Choral Concert at 1:15 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Women's Concert Chorale, directed by Alan Rieck, associate professor of music, will open with Haydn's "Domine Deus" and Schumann's "Volksliedchen." The ensemble also will perform the works of Z. Randall Stroope and Gyorgy Orban. After Womens Concert Chorale closes with "El Romanton" by Francisco Muro, the Singing Statesmen will take the stage.

The Statesmen, under the direction of Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, will perform "O Filii et Filiae" by Volckmar Leisring and Gregorio Allegri's "Miserere Mei, Deus." The all male ensemble also will perform works by James Mulholland and Moses Hogan. Their last selection will be "When We Were Kings" as arranged by Tom Anderson, a Statesmen alumnus.

The final event of the weekend, the Festival Concert, will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in Gantner Concert Hall. The concert will feature the UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir, the Rice Lake High School Concert Choir and the UW-Eau Claire Honor Choir. The UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir, also directed by Schwartzhoff, will open with "Sing We Merrily Unto God Our Strength" by Martin Shaw. The choir also will perform the works of Mendelssohn and Gretchaninoff. Their final two selections will be Stroope's "Winter" and Healey Willan's "Hodie, Christus Natus Est."

The Rice Lake High School Concert Choir, directed by Tony Matusewic, will perform "For the Beauty of the Earth" by John Rutter and "Prayer of the Children" by Kurt Bestor. Joseph Martin's "The Awakening" and "Witness," arranged by Jack Halloran, will conclude their portion of the concert. The Honor Choir will then take the stage to perform works by Schubert and Stroope. The final selections will be Dale Warland's arrangement of "Simple Gifts," featuring senior Laura Barth, Eau Claire, on flute, and Moses Hogan's "I'll Make The Difference." Schwartzhoff and Rieck will conduct the Honor Choir.

Tickets for A Cappella Extravaganza are available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, and are $5 for general admission. All other events for Choral Fest are free and open to the public.

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