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UW-Eau Claire Symphonic Choir to Perform May 3

RELEASED: April 29, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphonic Choir, under the direction of associate professor of music Alan Rieck, will present its spring concert at 1 p.m. May 3 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Symphonic Choir, along with the University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music, will present Joseph Haydn's "Mass in a Time of War (Pauken Mass)" and "Requiem" by Gabriel Fauré. Yasuda will conduct.

Haydn's "Mass in a Time of War" was composed at Eisenstadt in August 1796 at the time of Austria's mobilization into war. The most famous movement is the soprano aria "Pie Jesu."

Gabriel Fauré's "Requiem," thought to have been composed between 1887 and 1890, is one of his best known large works. The inspiration for "Requiem" is thought to be the death of Fauré's father in 1885 and that of his mother two years later.

The performance will feature guest soprano soloist Mitra Sadeghpour, associate professor of music; mezzo-soprano Jessica Riley, assistant professor of music; tenor soloist Kevin Newell, a senior from Edgar; baritone Robert Knight, professor of music; and UW-Eau Claire emeritus professor of music Paul Kosower on organ.

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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