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36th annual Holiday Concert set for Dec. 5

RELEASED: Nov. 17, 2010

Holiday Concert poster imageEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's department of music and theatre arts and the UW-Eau Claire Foundation will continue a long-standing tradition by offering the 36th Holiday Concert at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 5 in Zorn Arena.

The concert will feature performances by The Singing Statesmen, Symphonic Choir, University Symphony Orchestra, Women's Concert Chorale, Women's Chorus, Concert Choir and Wind Symphony. A song composed by Dr. Ethan Wickman, assistant professor of music, will be performed. Wickman dedicated the work — "Oh Great Mystery!" — to the Concert Choir, after he eavesdropped on a rehearsal led by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music.

"I was impressed by the power and musicality of the group and knew that I wanted to work with them," said Wickman, a former vocal music performer who had been creating an English setting of "O Magnum Mysterium," a responsorial chant from the Matins of Christmas. "It was approaching the holiday season and I felt compelled to write something of a personal musical reflection on the Nativity, and this historically important text. I am elated at the music Dr. Schwartzhoff and the choir are making out of this piece."

In conjunction with the concert, the Student Philanthropy Organization will be collecting new children's books for the Give-a-Kid-a-Book project of the Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. Audience members are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped children's books to donate.

To help offset the rising costs of presenting the concert, the UW-Eau Claire Foundation is charging a small fee this year — $5 for floor seats and $3 for bleacher seats. Tickets may be purchased at the University Service Center in Davies Center or by calling 715-836-3727. For special seating arrangements, contact Derek Brehm at brehmdl@uwec.edu or 715-836-5049. A $3 service fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

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