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Symphonic Choir, University Symphony Orchestra to present Nov. 22 concert

RELEASED: Nov. 18, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Symphonic Choir and University Symphony Orchestra will present a performance of Handel's "Messiah" at 1 p.m. Nov. 22 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Hailed as Handel's most famous oratorio, "Messiah" is divided into three parts that address specific events in Christ's life. Part one is concerned with the advent and Christmas stories; part two chronicles Christ's passion, resurrection and ascension; and part three is based on the events chronicled in the Book of Revelation.

Solos by student performers will be featured throughout the concert. Sixteen students received solos, which were based on competitive auditions.

The Symphonic Choir, directed by Dr. Alan Rieck, associate professor of music, specializes in the study and performance of music composed for chorus and orchestra. The group is made up of students from many scholastic disciplines within the university as well as interested singers from the communities in the Chippewa Valley. Two major concerts are presented each year with the University Symphony Orchestra.

The University Symphony Orchestra, directed by Nobuyoshi Yasuda, associate professor of music, is a 60-member student ensemble that performs symphonic repertoire of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

The Symphonic Choir and University Symphony Orchestra together will present this performance under the direction of Rieck.

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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