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UW-Eau Claire Clearwater Choral Fest Set for Oct. 10-11

RELEASED: Oct. 6, 2008

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EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present its annual Clearwater Choral Festival Oct. 10-11. The Festival will open with A Cappella Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

The event will feature six a cappella groups composed of UW-Eau Claire students: The UW-Eau Claire Chamber Choir, Girls Night Out, Audacious, Fifth Element, Impromptu and Innocent Men. The Eau Claire Memorial Madrigals/Vocal Jazz ensemble, under the direction of Jane Schutt, also will perform.

The events of Oct. 11 will begin with the UW-Eau Claire Voice and Choral Area Concert and a performance by the Women's Concert Chorale at 1:15 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Directed by Dr. Alan Rieck, associate professor of music, with accompaniment by senior Katy Eckes and sophomore Melissa Opitz, the Chorale will open with "O Music" by Lowell Mason, followed by "Pueri Concinite" by Jacob Handl, "God's Bottles" by Randall Thompson and "Wish You Were Here" by Nathan Christensen. After Women's Concert Chorale closes with "Living in a Holy City" by Stephen Hatfield, The Singing Statesmen will take the stage.

The Statesmen, under the direction of Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, with piano accompaniment by seniors Meghan Quinn and Johnathan Turba, will perform "Spasniye Sodlal" by Pavel Chesnokov. The ensemble also will perform Howard Helvey's "O Lux Beatissima"; "When I Fall in Love" by James Mulholland, featuring Verle Ormsby Jr., lecturer of music, on horn; and "You are Loved" by Josh Groban, as arranged by UW-Eau Claire graduate Tom Anderson. The Statesmen will conclude their performance with James Mulholland's "There Was an Old Farmer."

The final event, the Clearwater Choral Festival Concert, will take place at 7 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall. The concert will feature the UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir, the Chippewa Falls High School Cardinal Choir, members of the Music Educators National Conference and the Clearwater Festival Choir. The UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir, also under the direction of Schwartzhoff and with accompaniment by Meghan Quinn and Johnathan Turba, will begin with "Sing Joyfully" by William Byrd. Following will be Claudio Monteverdi's "Cantate Domino," "Loveliest of Trees" by James Mulholland" and "My Flight for Heaven" by Blake Henson. The final selection will be "The Testament of Freedom" by Randall Thompson.

The Chippewa Falls High School Cardinal Concert Choir, directed by Ronald Buckles and assistant director Sarah Larson, will perform "Sicut Locutus Est" by Johann Sebastian Bach, "Dirait-on" by Morten Lauridsen, "A Boy and a Girl" by Eric Whitacre, and "Ain't Got Time to Die" by Hall Johnson. A performance by the chosen outstanding senior vocalists will follow.

Next will be selections directed by members of the Music Educators National Conference, beginning with Samuel Ward's "America the Beautiful," led by Susan Elsen, student teacher of the Fall Creek school district; George Cohan's "Give My Regards to Broadway," conducted by senior Caitlin Nelson, Green Bay; and "Home on the Range," conducted by senior Alex Kurkowski, Waconia, Minn. The final selection will be "Let There Be Peace on Earth" by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson, conducted by Sarah Larson, student teacher at Chippewa Falls High School, with piano accompaniment by graduate Derek Machan.

The Clearwater Festival Choir will perform "Scenda Amor" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "Requiem" by Eliza Gilkyson and "I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray," as arranged by André Thomas. The concert will conclude with "How Can I Keep from Singing," arranged by James Mulholland. Rieck and Schwartzhoff will conduct the Festival Choir. Meghan Quinn and Johnathan Turba will accompany on piano.

Tickets — $5 for general admission — for A Cappella Extravaganza are available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC. Tickets for all campus events also are sold at the Service Center's ticket office in the main lobby of Haas Fine Arts Center. The Haas Center ticket outlet is open Monday-Friday from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and closed during holidays and academic breaks. All other events for Choral Fest are free and open to the public.

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