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UW-Eau Claire to Present 34th Annual Holiday Music Concert Dec. 7

RELEASED: Nov. 26, 2008

Holiday Concert logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will continue a long-standing tradition by offering the 34th Holiday Concert at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 7 in Zorn Arena.

"This performance is a special gift to the community that shares the talents, energy and commitment of the more than 525 UW-Eau Claire students who participate in the concert," said Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich. "This is a chance for our distinguished music faculty and dedicated students to share their musical abilities as an expression of thanks to the community for its continuing support of education at UW-Eau Claire."

The free concert will feature performances by The Concert Choir and The Singing Statesmen, the Wind Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra and the Women's Concert Chorale.

The program processional will be "Sussex Carol" arranged by Dale Grotenhuis. It will be followed by "Te Deum, Opus 103 Movement III - Aeterna fac" by Antonín Dvořák and "Dona Nobis Pacem Movement VI" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, both pieces performed by the Choral and Brass Ensemble.

The Symphonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will then perform "Spašéňiye Sođélal" by Pavel Chesnokov.and "Beautiful Savior" by F. Melius Christiansen. The Singing Statesmen will perform "Pueri Concinite" by Jacob Handl and "Fruitcake" by Philip Hagemann and Penny Leka. The Women's Concert Chorale will perform "Fanfare on Adeste Fidelis" arranged by James Colonna and "Holiday Cheer" by W. Roy Micthell. The Wind Symphony will perform "O Magnum Mysterium" by Morten Lauridsen and "Ding Dong! Merrily on High" arranged by Howard Helvey.

The Concert Choir will perform "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson and "Bauern Polka" by Johann Strauss Jr. Following a holiday greeting from Levin-Stankevich, the concert will conclude in traditional fashion with participation by the combined choirs, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony and the audience in Ross Hastings' arrangement of "The Joy of Christmas," a setting of familiar carols that was commissioned for the Holiday Concert and premiered in 1989.

In conjunction with the concert, the Association of Student Social Workers will collect new children's books for the Give-a-Kid-a-Book program. Audience members are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped children's book to donate.

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727.

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