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UW-Eau Claire to Present 33rd Annual
Holiday Music Concert Dec. 9

RELEASED: Nov. 15, 2007

holiday concert postcardEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will continue a long-standing tradition by offering the 33rd Holiday Concert at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 9 in Zorn Arena.

"This performance is a special gift to the community, which shares the talents, energy and commitment of the 530 UW-Eau Claire students who participate in the concert," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. "This is a chance for our distinguished music faculty and dedicated students to share their musical abilities as an expression of thanks to the community for its continuing support of education at UW-Eau Claire."

The free concert will feature performances by The Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra, The Singing Statesmen, the Women's Concert Chorale, the Women's Chorus, the Concert Choir and the Wind Symphony. There will be a preconcert performance by Two Rivers Brass, a brass quintet.

The program will open with "Personent Hodie" arranged by Lara Hoggard. The piece will be performed by the Choral and Brass Ensemble. The Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will then perform "Gloria" excerpt from "Messa di Gloria" by Giacomo Puccini and "Laudate Dominum from Vesperae Solennes de Confessore" by Wolfgang A. Mozart, with soprano, Mitra Sadeghpour. This is followed by The Singing Statesmen performing "Cantate Domino" by Vytautas M?skinis and "What Child is This?" arranged by Jameson Marvin. The Women's Concert Chorale will perform "The Snow" by Edward Elgar with violinists Laura Wenzel and Mary Heimerman and "Carol of the Bells" by M. Leontovick and Peter Wilhousky. The Symphony Orchestra will perform "American Holiday" by Aaron Copland with selections from"Buckaroo Holiday," "Hoe Down" and "Appalachian Spring." "All My Heart This Night Rejoices" by Z. Randall Stroope and "Rockin' Jerusalem" by Andre Thomas will be performed by the Concert Choir. The concert will continue a performance by the Wind Symphony of "Pie Jesu" by Gabriel Faure and Andrew Lloyd Webber and James Sudduth and "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson.

Following a holiday greeting from Levin-Stankevich, the concert will conclude in traditional fashion with participation by the combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony and the audience in Ross Hastings' arrangement of "The Joy of Christmas," a setting of familiar carols that was commissioned for the Holiday Concert and premiered in 1989.

In conjunction with the concert, the Association of Student Social Workers will be collecting 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 by using the online ticket reservation form or calling the University Service Center,  715-836-3727.

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