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Tickets for Annual Cabaret at UW-Eau Claire on Sale Now

RELEASED: Dec. 15, 2008

Cabaret imageEAU CLAIRE — Tickets are now on sale for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's 2009 Cabaret XXXI show.

Performances for the popular Cabaret are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22-24 and 29-31 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. Matinees are scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 24 and 31. Doors open one hour before each performance.

The theme for this year's production is "Colors," with each set named for a color represented by titles, composers or artists associated with that color. For example, the green set will include songs all performed by Al Green, the blue set will include songs that all have the word "blue" in the title, and the white set includes titles performed by singer Barry White.

Cabaret features student performers from ensembles in the music and theatre arts department as well as various small acts and solo performers. The concert will include performances by the Concert Choir, The Singing Statesmen, and the Women's Concert Chorale. Other featured performers are Frank Moran, Midwest Reciprocity and The Golden Girls.

Cabaret XXXI will be accompanied by the Cabaret Orchestra, made up of members of the various UW-Eau Claire jazz ensembles, directed by Robert Baca, professor of music, and Jeffery Crowell, associate professor of music, and the University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music. Senior John Raymond, Golden Valley, Minn., is student director for the Cabaret Orchestra and arranger of the opening overture.

Other student conductors for the performance include Meghan Quinn, Shoreview, Minn.; Johnathan Turba, Platteville; Evan Lloyd, Muskego; Tami Delveaux, Grafton; Alex Collie, Menomonie; Mike Jones, Hastings, Minn.; Monica Miller, Kenosha; and Megan Cruze, Cold Spring, Minn.

The production will conclude with Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" by Elton John and Bernard J. P. Taupin, performed by the entire Cabaret cast.

The Concert Choir and The Singing Statesmen are directed by Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music. The Women's Concert Chorale is directed by Alan Rieck, associate professor of music.

Cabaret — the music department's largest annual production — has raised more than $250,000 to support ongoing scholarships for music students in the voice/choral and jazz areas.

The production began in 1978 to provide experience for music and theatre arts students in arranging and staging a variety show similar to ones they may encounter in their professional careers. Today it is a student-run production.

Before the Friday and Saturday evening performances, patrons can attend a dinner buffet and cash bar at The Dulany in Davies Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets for the dinner and show must be purchased in advance.

Patrons buying show-only tickets may enjoy an a la carte deli and dessert and cash bar in the Council Fire Room one hour prior to each show, with prices ranging from $2.50 to $6.50.

Tickets for the show and dinner are $33.75 for the general public, faculty and staff; or $25.75 for children 17 and under and adults 62 and older and for students with a university ID.

Show-only tickets are $20 for the general public, faculty and staff; or $12 for adults 62 and over and children 17 and under and for students with a university ID.

For an informational brochure and ticket order form, contact the University Service Center at 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, or visit the music and theatre arts department Web site to access an order form online. Order forms can be mailed or dropped off at the Service Center. The show often sells out, so early ticket purchases are recommended.

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KJ/NW

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