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Clearwater Choral Fest set for Oct. 9-10

RELEASED: Oct. 1, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present its annual Clearwater Choral Festival Oct. 9-10. The festival will open with the A Cappella Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in Schofield Auditorium.

The event will feature six a cappella groups composed of UW-Eau Claire students: The UW-Eau Claire Chamber Choir, Girls Night Out, Audacious, Fifth Element, Impromptu and Innocent Men. The Eau Claire Memorial Madrigals also will perform.

The events of Oct. 10 will begin with the UW-Eau Claire Voice and Choral Area Concert at 1:15 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Directed by Dr. Alan Rieck, associate professor of music, with accompaniment by junior Melissa Opitz and sophomore Alison Wheeler, the Women's Concert Chorale will begin with Peter Lyondev's "Ergen Deda," followed by "Nada te Turbe" by Joan Szymko. The final two pieces will be "No Mirrors" by Ysaye M. Barnwell and "Hail Holy Queen," as arranged by Marc Shaiman.

The Singing Statesmen will take the stage next. The Statesmen, under the direction of Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, with piano accompaniment by senior Meghan Quinn and sophomore Alex Jacques, will perform "Cantate Comino" by Hans Leo Hassler. Next will be Ola Gjeilo's "Ubi Caritas," "When I Fall in Love" by James Mulholland and "Brazilian Alleluia" by Ralph Manuel. The Statesmen will conclude their performance with "Bonse Aba," as arranged by Andrew Fischer. The piece will feature senior Nels Urtel on percussion.

The final event, the Clearwater Choral Festival Concert, will begin at 7 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall. The concert will feature the UW-Eau Claire Concert Choir, Robinsdale Armstrong High School Concert Choir and the Clearwater Festival Choir. The Concert Choir, also under the direction of Schwartzhoff and with accompaniment by Jacques and senior Johnathan Turba, will begin with "Cantate Domino" by Józef Swider, followed by "Why Rage Fiercely the Heathen" by Felix Mendelssohn and "In Paradisum" by Edwin Fissinger. The final two selections will be "The Sounding Sea" by Eric Barnum and "A Jubilant Song" by Norman Dello Joio.

The Robinsdale Armstrong High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Stephanie Trump and Dale Kruse, with piano accompaniment by Kathy Kraulik, will perform next, beginning with "Keep Your Lamps," as arranged by Andre Thomas, Felix Mendelssohn's "Frohlocket, ihr Völker auf Erden" and "Sanctus" by Gabriel Fauré The final piece will be "The Awakening" by Gilbert Martin. Three outstanding senior soloists will be featured on the festival concert as selected by members of the voice and choral area.

The Clearwater Festival Choir will conclude the event, beginning with "A Jubilant Song" by Scott Farthing and "Quoniam" by Johann Adolph Hasse. The final two selections will be "Omnia Sol" by Z. Randall Stroope and "Tango to Evora" by Loreena McKennitt. Rieck and Schwartzhoff will conduct the Festival Choir. Jacques and Turba will accompany on piano.

Tickets for the A Cappella Extravaganza are $5 at the Service Center (715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC). All other events for Choral Fest are free and open to the public.

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