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Singing Statesmen set to perform May 6

RELEASED: April 29, 2011

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Singing Statesmen will continue to celebrate their 45th Anniversary season with a performance at 7:30 p.m. May 6 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The Statesmen are directed by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music. The first set will feature the world premiere of the original composition "Ode to the West Wind" by senior Jeremy Gussin, Iowa City, Iowa, who also will conduct the piece.

The second set will feature four works commissioned by The Singing Statesmen. Eric Barnum’s "I Come Singing!" was commissioned in 2010, as was the new arrangement of Giuseppe Torelli’s "Tu Lo Sai" by James Mulholland. The Singing Statesmen commissioned "It is a Beauteous Evening" by Dr. Ethan Wickman, assistant professor of music at UW-Eau Claire, earlier this year, and "Nunc Dimittis" by Jackson Berkey in 2002.

The concert also will feature a cappella group The Innocent Men and student pianists Alexander Jacques, a junior from Oneida; senior Alex Chilsen of New Richmond; and sophomore Andrew Steffen, also of New Richmond.

The Singing Statesmen is an all male choral ensemble comprised of 67 students from various academic backgrounds. The ensemble has released nine recordings and has represented UW-Eau Claire on six international tours, most recently to Argentina and Uruguay in 2010.

Tickets, available online and at the University Service Center, 715-836-3727 or 800-949-UWEC, are $6 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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