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Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra to Perform May 4

RELEASED: May 1, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphonic Choir and University Symphony Orchestra will present a joint concert at 5 p.m. May 4 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Symphonic Choir is under the direction of Alan Rieck, associate professor of music. For this concert, Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music and director of the University Symphony Orchestra, will conduct both ensembles in Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah: An Oratorio (Opus 70). The work will feature soprano Mitra Sadeghpour, associate professor of music; soprano Amanda Verstegen, a senior from Appleton; soprano Nicole Wolf, a sophomore from La Crosse; mezzo-soprano Jessica Riley, assistant professor of music; mezzo-soprano Laura Tompkins, a senior from Eau Claire; tenor Mark Mowry, lecturer of music; tenor Kevin Newell, a junior from Edgar; baritone Johnathan Turba, a junior from Platteville; and baritone Robert Knight, professor of music.

Mendelssohn was hailed by some of the finest musicians of his day as a second Mozart. By the time he had reached his mid-teens, he had composed a large number of works, including 12 string symphonies and his first symphony for full orchestra, written at age 15. Elijah: An Oratorio was composed in homage to Handel and Bach, Mendelssohn's predecessors. Written in 1846 for the Birmingham Festival, it follows the life and events of the prophet Elijah from 1 and 2 Kings in the Old Testament.

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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