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UW-Eau Claire Clearwater Choral Fest
Set for Oct. 12 and 13

RELEASED: Oct. 5, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present its annual Clearwater Choral Festival Oct. 12-13.

The Festival is set to open with the A Cappella Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in Schofield Auditorium. The event will feature six a cappella groups composed of UW-Eau Claire students. The UW-Eau Claire Chamber Choir, Girls Night Out, Audacious, Fifth Element, Impromptu and Innocent Men all will perform pieces in the concert.

The events of Saturday, Oct. 13, will begin with the UW-Eau Claire Voice and Choral Area Concert with a performance by the Women's Concert Chorale at 1:15 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Directed by Dr. Alan Rieck, associate professor of music, with accompaniment by sophomore Anna Torgerson, the Chorale will open with Sven Lekberg's "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing." The ensemble will also perform Hans Leo Hassler's "Nun Fanget an," and Schubert's "Standchen." After Women's Concert Chorale closes with "Ain'-A That Good News!" by William Dawson, The Singing Statesmen will take the stage.

The Statesmen, under the direction of Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, with piano accompaniment by Alex Chilson and sophomore Kevin Gisi, will perform "Cantate Domino" by Vytautas Miskinis. The all male ensemble also will perform works by Malcolm Dalglish, James Mulholland, and Gustave Holst and Z. Randall Stroope. Their last selection will be "I Have Had Singing" by Ron Jeffers.

The final event, the Clearwater Choral Festival Concert, will take place at 7 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall. The concert will feature the UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir, the Mankato East High School Concert Choir and the UW-Eau Claire Honor Choir. The UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir, also under the direction of Schwartzhoff, will open with "Singet dem Herr nein neues Leid" by Hugo Distler. The choir also will perform "Gaudete Omnes" by Jan Pieterszoon Sweenlinck, David Dickau's "O Nata Lux" and "Song for Athene" by John Tavener. Their final two selections will be Frank Ticheli's "Earth Song" and "Wade in de Water" by Allen Koepke.

The Mankato East High School Concert Choir, directed by Robin Hughes and accompanied by Karla Miller, will perform "Exuitate Justi" by Lodovico Viadana, "Omnia Sol" by Z. Randall Stroope, "Take Me to the Water" by Rollo Dilworth and "OYE" by Jim Papoulis and Francisco J. Nunez. Following will be a performance by the chosen outstanding senior vocalists.

The Honor Choir will take the stage to perform works by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Mozart. The final selections will be Gustav Holst and Z. Randall Stroope's "Homeland," and Russell Robinson's "O Music, Speak!" Rieck and Schwartzhoff will conduct the Honor Choir. Juniors Meghan Quinn and Johnathan Turba will accompany on piano.

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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