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UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir to Perform Spring Concert April 19

RELEASED: April 16, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Choir will present a concert at 2 p.m. April 19 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Concert Choir, directed by Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, will open with "Hosanna to the Son of David" by Orlando Gibbons, followed by "Faire is the Heaven" by William H. Harris, based on poetry by Edmund Spenser. The first set will conclude with Herbert Howells' "Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing," written in memory of John F. Kennedy.

The second set will begin with "Borgoróđits Devo" by Rachmaninoff, followed by "In Rememberance" by Jeffery Ames, featuring Dr. Verle Ormsby Jr. on French horn and junior John Turba, Platteville, as accompanist, and Blake Henson's "My Flight for Heaven." Z. Randall Stroope's "Caritas et Amor," which translates as "Where there is charity and love, God is there," will conclude the second set.

For the third set, a capella group Impromptu will perform original arrangements of popular music, including "Somebody to Love," "Eye to Eye" and "It Don't Mean a Thing."

In its final set, the Concert Choir will perform two movements of a work titled "Momentos of Millay" by voice and choral division Artist-in-Residence James Mulholland, followed by "John Saw Duh Numbuh," an African-American folk song arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw. The program will end with Moses Hogan's "The Battle of Jericho."

The Concert Choir, one of six UW-Eau Claire ensembles, has traveled to Europe on eight concert tours between 1964 and 2008. In 2006, it received an international award for artistic excellence and cultural exchange from the Federation of the Mediterranean in Italy. In 2009, the Concert Choir performed at the Washington National Cathedral and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the performing arts as part of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Choral Festival.

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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