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Women's Chorus Spring Concert Set for April 20

RELEASED: April 9, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Women's Chorus will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. April 20 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Women's Chorus, directed by Robert Mondlock, lecturer of music, will open with a Patrick Liebergan arrangement of "Ave Maria" by Giulio Caccini, featuring junior Rebecca Czachor, De Pere, on flute. Next will be "Fire" by Mary Goetze, followed by a setting of Keats' "Weep No More" by David Childs, featuring guest conductor Dr. Alan Rieck, associate professor of music. Next will be Copland's "Ching-A-Ring-Chaw (Minstrel Song)," arranged by Irving Fine. The first half will conclude with "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing" by Duke Ellington and Irving Mills, arranged by Mac Huff. It will feature a cappella groups Girls Night Out and The Innocent Men, senior Josh "Mittens" Mittendorf, Eagan, Minn., on bass and junior Mary Imsdahl, Burnsville, Minn., on drums.

During intermission, Girls Night Out and The Innocent Men will perform original arrangements of popular music. Girls Night Out will perform "Womankind" by Annie Lennox, arranged by Katie LeBrun, and "Crush Crush Crush" by Paramore, arranged by Jesse Traner. The Innocent Men will perform "Eleanor Rigby" by the Beatles, arranged by Tom Anderson, and "This is How a Heart Breaks" by Rob Thomas, arranged by Mike Jones.

The second half will begin with a Japanese children's song by Ro Ogura titled "Hotaru Koi (Ho Firefly)," featuring sophomore Alex Hayes, Menomonie, on taiko drums. Next will be "Heart We Will Forget Him" by James Mulholland, featuring senior Mike Renneke, Eagan, Minn., on French horn. Senior Laurie Zakrzewski, Fall Creek, will conduct Eugene Butler's "Pavane For Spring," featuring juniors Nick Lamuro, Fort Atkinson, and Chris Halbauer, Hartford, on auxiliary percussion. Next will be "He Never Failed Me Yet" by Robert Ray, featuring senior Noppawan Sangkhajan, Thailand, and junior Pung Her, Lake Elmo, Minn., as vocal soloists; sophomore Kari Rue, Clayton, and freshman Jordan Gibbs, Waupaca, as alternate vocal soloists; Imsdahl on trap set; and Mittendorf on bass. The concert will conclude with Billy Joel's "And So It Goes," arranged by Kirby Shaw.

Tickets, available at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $4 for the general public; $3 for those 62 and older, children 17 and younger and faculty and staff with a university ID; and free for students with a university ID.

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