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Women's Concert Chorale to Perform Spring Concert April 27

RELEASED: April 21, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Women's Concert Chorale will present a spring concert at 2 p.m. April 27 in Gantner Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Women's Concert Chorale, under the direction of Alan Rieck, associate professor of music, will celebrate the contributions of women in music by performing pieces composed or arranged by female composers. The concert will begin with "O frondens virga" by Hildegard von Bingen, featuring freshman soprano Gillian Pacetti, Waukesha; Emma Lou Diemer's "Hope Is the Thing" with senior Bethany Nikstad, Wausau, and junior Anna Torgerson, Prior Lake, Minn., on piano; and "Vivos Vocos" by Joan Szymko, with Nikstad on piano and senior Courtney Karns, North Pole, Alaska, as student conductor. Next will be "The Gate of the Year" by Minnie Louise Haskins and Eleanor Daley, featuring freshman soprano Taylor Brummond, Oregon, and senior Katherine Levendusky, Sturgeon Bay, as guest conductor. Next will be "Koowu" by Maryam Khoury, with freshman Meagan Seubert, Eau Claire, and sophomore Erica Cosson, West Allis, as featured soprano performers. That will be followed by "Wanting Memories" by Ysaye M. Barnwell, featuring senior Reid Larsen, Waconia, Minn., as guest conductor.

The concert's second half theme is "Songs of Love." It will begin with "The Star-Spangled Banner"; "Come, Ye Makers of Song" by Ruth Watson Henderson, with Nikstad on piano; and "Wandl' ich in dem Wald des Abends" by Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn. Next will be "L'Amicizia" by Faustina Hodges, with Torgerson on piano, and "Lifegiver" by Cristine Temple-Evans, a piece composed for Women's Concert Chorale. The ensemble premiered this piece at the North-central Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in March. The final two selections will be "Mouth Music" by Delores Keane and John Faulkner, featuring the Modern Dance Studio II and "We Are" by Ysaye M. Barnwell.

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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