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The Singing Statesmen to Present
Spring Concert May 2

RELEASED: April 29, 2008

Singing Statesmen logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen will present an evening concert at 7:30 p.m. May 2 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Directed by Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, The Statesmen will begin the concert with "Trosterin Musik" by Anton Bruckner, with junior Kevin Gisi, Fitchburg, on piano, followed by "Absalom, fili mi" by Josquin des Pres. Next will be "Invocation and Dance" by David Conte, with Gisi and junior Johnathan Turba, Platteville, on piano, sophomore Peter Elkin, New Richmond, on xylophone, and senior Tyler Bartelt, West Bend, on vibraphone and glockenspiel. James Mulholland's arrangement of Giacchino Rossini's "La Danza" will follow, with Gisi and Turba on piano. This arrangement was dedicated to The Singing Statesmen.

Part II will begin with Z. Randall Stroope's arrangement of "Homeland" by Gustav Holst, with Gisi on piano, followed by music graduate Tom Anderson's arrangement of "Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears" by Brendan Graham, with Turba on piano. Next will be "Armed Services Medley," arranged by graduate Justin Lundberg, with Turba and sophomore Alex Chilsen, New Richmond, on piano.

The Innocent Men, an a cappella group auditioned out of The Statesmen, will be featured in Part III of the concert. Their selections will include "Crazyboutya" and "Gravity," arranged by Evan Lloyd, and "This Is How a Heart Breaks," arranged by Mike Jones.

"Zion's Walls" by Aaron Copland, conducted by senior Reid Larsen, Waconia, Minn., will begin Part IV of the concert, followed by Z. Randall Stroope's arrangement of "Danny Boy," with senior Alex Krukowski, Waconia, Minn., as conductor, senior Ashley Singer, Muskego, on oboe and Chilsen on piano. Next will be "Fare Thee Well Love," arranged by James Mulholland, with Gisi on piano. This arrangement was dedicated to The Singing Statesmen in 2007. Next will be "Ka Hia Manu" arranged by Stephen Hatfield, with junior Ben John, Hartland, on bass; "M-O-T-H-E-R" by Theodore Morse; and Sigmund Romberg's "Sweetheart," with Gisi and Turba on piano. The Statesmen will conclude their concert with "I Have Had Singing" by Ron Jeffers and "Songs of the University": "Hail University," "Alma Mater" and "Fight Song."

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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