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UW-Eau Claire Women's Chorus to Perform at Master Singers' Fall Concert

RELEASED: Oct. 2, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — The Women's Chorus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Robert Mondlock conductor, will join The Master Singers for its fall concert, "America My Home: Shenandoah," at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 at First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, 1005 Oxford Avenue.

Featuring American folk songs by such composers as Randall Thompson, James Mulholland, Steven Foster and Charles Ives, the concert will be narrated by Richard Moses, director of choral activities in the Altoona School District.

Since 1998 The Master Singers, a community ensemble directed by Gary Schwartzhoff, director of choral activities at the UW-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department, has presented the music of American choral composers during its fall concert series.

The concert's title piece is James Erb's setting of "Shenandoah," one of the classic American folk song arrangements. The tune itself dates from the early 1800s, as merchants and boatmen from western Virginia's Shenandoah River extended trade routes to the Mississippi. Eventually, "Shenandoah" became a popular sea shanty, heard on American clipper ships around the world. Today, this tune is the official song of the state of Virginia. This composer has chosen a universal text for this arrangement, expressing a gentle longing for the traveler's distant home in the Shenandoah Valley His delicate, eight-part arrangement of this American folk song was written for the 1971 European Tour of the University of Richmond Choir.

The Master Singers is an all-volunteer chamber ensemble with professional standards of performance. In its 16th season, the ensemble is dedicated to the fostering, promotion and appreciation of choral music. Its members come from colleges and universities with strong choral music programs, including Concordia, Luther, St, Olaf, and UW-Eau Claire.

The ensemble has collaborated with prominent composers, including Jackson Berkey, James Fritschel, Dale Grotenhuis and James Mulholland and performed with distinguished conductor Eph Ehly. The Master Singers have performed with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, gospel singer Robert Robinson and the Philadelphia Brass. It has been a guest in the Missa Choralis Series at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis since 1997 and has been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio in an annual broadcast of its holiday concert since 2006.

The UW-Eau Claire Women's Chorus consists of 70 women from all academic disciplines. Membership is through audition with the conductor or the director of choral activities. The ensemble presents a concert each semester in Gantner Concert Hall as well as performances in Eau Claire during the year.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at Morgan Music, Schmitt Music or First Congregational Church, Eau Claire, from any ensemble member, or at the door. Season passes are available for $30 for adults and $15 for students. Learn more about the concert by visiting The Master Singers Web site.

This concert is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been received from Florence Burk and friends.

Charter Media and Wisconsin Public Radio are the Master Singers' season media sponsors.

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