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UW-Eau Claire Hosts ACDA
'Celebration of Music' Concert

RELEASED: March 7, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present the 15th annual American Choral Directors Association "Celebration of Music" at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 11, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The ACDA concert features, in the order of performance, The Singing Statesmen, the Women's Chorus, the Women's Concert Chorale and the UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir.

The Singing Statesmen directed by Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, will open with "All That Hath Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord" by Ren Clausen. Brahms' "Mainacht" and Morten Lauridsen's "Ave Dulcissima Maria" follow. The Singing Statesmen will conclude with James Mullholland's "Psalm 103," featuring senior Charles Willcutt, Bloomington, Minn., on the French horn.

The Women's Chorus, under the direction of Daniel Newman, associate professor of music, begins with "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" an African-American folk song arranged by Noble Cain. James Mulholland's works are featured next with "I Will Walk with My Love" and "Heart We Will Forget Him." The ensemble will conclude with "Rock-a-Bye Baby" arranged by Michelle Weir.

The Women's Concert Chorale, directed by Alan Rieck, associate professor of music, will follow the Women's Chorus with "How Merrily We Live" by Michael Este. Their second and third selections are "Refuge" by Libby Larsen and "Hungering Hearts" by Mulholland. They will close with "No Rocks A-Cryin'" an African-American folk melody arranged by Rollo Dilworth.

UW-Eau Claire's Concert Choir, also under the direction of Schwartzhoff, takes the stage last. The choir presents Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck's "Cantate Domino" and Lauridsen's "Ave Maria." The ensemble concludes the ACDA concert with Nicolai Golovanov's "Otche Nash."

Sophomore Courtney Doyel, North Pole, Alaska, president of the student chapter of the American choral directors association, will emcee the concert. Accompanists include sophomore Johnathan Turba, Platteville, for The Singing Statesmen, sophomore Kevin Gisi, Fitchburg, for the Women's Chorus, junior Katy Eckes, Maple Grove, Minn., for the Women's Concert Chorale and junior Meghan Quinn, Shoreview, Minn., for the Concert Choir.

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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