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Concert Choir to perform Nov. 15

RELEASED: Nov. 10, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, will present a fall concert at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The performance will begin with Jósef Świder's "Cantate Domino"; "Why Rage Fiercely the Heathen" by Felix Mendelssohn; and "In Paradisum" by Edwin Fissinger, featuring sophomore soprano Britta Gilbertson, Fond du Lac; and Maurice Durflé's "Sanctus," with Paul Kosower, professor emeritus of music, on organ.

The choir will then perform "O Come, Little Children," arranged by James Fritschel; Eric Whitacre's "Five Hebrew Love Songs," featuring Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music on violin and sophomore Alex Jacques, Oneida, on piano; "The Sounding Sea" by Eric Barnum; and Norman Dello Joio's "A Jubilant Song," featuring senior Johnathan Turba, Platteville, on piano.

Impromptu, a mixed voice a cappella group, will perform "December 1963," arranged by Mark Lefeber, and "Eliza" and "Reach Out," both arranged by Jeremy Gussin.

The choir will conclude its performance with the African American folk song "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho," arranged by Edwin Fissinger; "The Silence" by Andrew Bleckner; and "Twa Tanbou, a Haitian folk song, by Sydney Guillaume. The performance will end with Dominick Argento's "So I'll Sing With My Voice."

Concert Choir, one of six UW-Eau Claire choral ensembles, performed at the American Choral Directors Association divisional conferences in 1996 and 1998, at the 1997 ACDA National Convention and at four Wisconsin Music Educators Association conventions. The group also will perform at the 2010 Wisconsin Choral Directors Association Convention. Concert Choir toured in Europe eight times between 1964 and 2008, and in 2009 performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

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, 17 and younger, and faculty and staff with a university ID; and $1.50 for students with a university ID.

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