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UW-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen to Perform May 1

RELEASED: April 28, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Singing Statesmen will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 1 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Many of the selections will include pieces by composer and conductor James Mulholland, who will attend the concert.

The Statesmen, under the direction of Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, will begin with "All that Hath Life and Breath, Praise ye The Lord" by René Clausen, followed by James Mulholland's arrangement of "La Danza" by Giacchino Rossini, featuring seniors Meghan Quinn, Shoreview, Minn., and Johnathan Turba, Platteville, on piano. The piece is dedicated to the 2008 Singing Statesmen. Next is "Drinking Song" by Sigmund Romberg, a piece commissioned by the 2007 Singing Statesmen. It will feature sophomore tenor David Starry, Portage, soprano Meghan Quinn, and sophomore Alex Chilsen, New Richmond, on piano. The concert's first half will end with Carl Orff's "In Taberna Quando Sumus" from "Carmen Burana."

The second part will begin with "Lux Aeterna" by Brian Schmidt and "Innisfree" by Bradley Ellingboe, featuring junior tenor Mike Jones, Hastings, Minn., and senior Evan Lloyd, Muskego, as student conductor. Next will be "Momentos of Millay" by James Mulholland.

The third part will feature The Innocent Men, an a cappella group auditioned out of The Singing Statesmen. The Innocent Men will perform "This is How a Heart Breaks" by Rob Thomas, "City" by Sara Bareilles and "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" by Stevie Wonder.

The last part of the concert will begin with "Three Scottish Songs" by James Mulholland, featuring senior Danny Fallon, Sussex, on bagpipes, followed by Theodore Morse's "M-O-T-H-E-R," "Sweetheart" by Sigmund Romberg and "I Have Had Singing" by Ron Jeffers. The concert will conclude with "Songs of the University": "Hail University," Alma Mater" and "Fight Song."

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. Tickets are for reserved seating.

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