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UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen
to Perform Nov. 9 in Gantner Concert Hall

RELEASED: Oct. 26, 2007

UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen
UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen will perform Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall.

Directed by Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, the Statesmen will begin with "Cantate Domino" by Vytautas Mskinis. The first set of music selections also will include "Absalom, fili mi" by Josquin des Pres, Edwin Fissinger's "The Tabernacle of God is with Men," and "Homeland" by Gustav Holst and Z. Randall Stroope, featuring piano accompaniment by sophomore Kevin Gisi, Fitchburg.

"'Homeland' is based on a hymn by Gustav Holst that he used in his setting of 'Jupiter' from the 'Planets,'" said Schwartzhoff. "Z. Randall Stroope, the arranger of "Homeland," wrote the second stanza in dedication to his own father who, as a prisoner of war, walked the Bataan Death March in World War II so that his son, and the sons and daughters of others, might celebrate freedom and life to this day."

The Statesmen's will conclude the first half of the concert with "Five Mystical Songs" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, featuring baritone Robert Knight, professor of music, with accompanist Kevin Gisi.

The second half of the concert will begin with "Bedshaped" and continue with "A Puro Dolor" and "On the Way Down," all arranged by junior Evan Lloyd, Muskego. The final set begins with "Have Your Lamps Gone Out" by Malcolm Dalglish, with accompaniment by sophomore Alex Chilsen, New Richmond. A performance of "Fare Thee Well Love," arranged by James Mulholland, will come next, followed by "The Music of The Night" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera," as arranged by senior Joe Schneider, Eau Claire, and featuring baritone Kyle Robl, a junior from Merrill, with accompaniment by Chilsen. The Statesmen also will perform "Ka Hia Manu," arranged by Stephen Hatfield, and "I Have Had Singing" by Ron Jeffers. The Statesmen will conclude the concert with "Songs of the University."

The Singing Statesmen have represented UW-Eau Claire on five international concert tours in 1980, 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2006. In 2007-08, The Statesmen will perform at the North Central American Choral Directors Association Convention and the National Association for Music Education Convention.

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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