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Women's Concert Chorale to Perform Spring Concert April 26

RELEASED: April 21, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Women's Concert Chorale will present "Celebrating the South African Experience" at 2 p.m. April 26 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Women's Concert Chorale, under the direction of Alan Rieck, associate professor of music, will begin the performance with "God's Bottles," by Randall Thompson, followed by John Gardner's "The Ballad of Nancy Dee," "To Thy Love: Choral Fantasy on Old English Rounds" by William Schuman and "My Girls" by Gwyneth Walker.

The rest of the concert will focus on selections inspired by the choir's spring break trip to South Africa; the pieces presented represent significant connections to each portion of their trip, beginning with John Stafford Smith's "The Star-Spangled Banner," followed by The National Anthem of South Africa" by M. Khumalo, "Overture to The Marriage of Figaro" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart" and "Laar toe oom Jakkals" arranged by Saldone Here. The choir also will perform "How Can I Keep From Singing" by Rev. Robert Lowry. These selections were inspired by the Concert Chorale's travels through the Cape Town area, including a visit to Robben Island.

The next part of the concert will feature "Adiemus" by Karl Jenkins, "Living in a Holy City" by Stephen Hatfield and three South African Freedom Songs referencing the choir's travels while on safari in Pilanesburg National Park.

The second half will begin with pieces inspired by travels through Johannesburg and Soweto, including "Svete tihiy" by Pavel Chesnokov and "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl.

The last part will feature selections performed with Wits Choir from Witswaterstrand University in Johannesburg, beginning with "Wees My Genadig" by G. Kendrick and "Walk in the Light," a traditional South African song. It will end with "We Are" by Ysaye M. Barnwell.

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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