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Premiere by music faculty member to highlight Nov. 13 Concert Choir performance

RELEASED: Nov. 9, 2011

Schwartzhoff Wickman
Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff Dr. Ethan Wickman

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, will perform a fall concert at 2 p.m. Nov. 13 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The performance will be highlighted by the premiere of "Greater Love Than This Hath No Man" by Dr. Ethan Wickman, assistant professor of music. The Concert Choir commissioned Wickman's piece.

Wickman, who joined the UW-Eau Claire faculty in 2006, teaches music theory and applied composition. He holds a doctorate in music composition from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, as well as additional degrees in music from Boston University and Brigham Young University.

Wickman's works have been hailed as "very, very exciting ... with a lot of color and dynamic impact," according to Bernard Rubenstein, music director of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. His works have been performed by such groups as the Aspen Concert Orchestra, Flexible Music, Proteus, the Gryphon Trio and the CCM Philharmonia. Wickman has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Award.

The Concert Choir also will perform "Adoramus Te, Christe" by Eric Barnum, "Gaudete Omnes" by Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck and "Northern Lights" by Ola Gjeilo.

Impromptu, a mixed voice a cappella group, will close the concert with several selections, including "Skip to My Lou," which will feature senior Koryna Flores, Prairie du Sac; sophomore Marie Gustafson, Wausau; junior Casey Metcalfe, Eau Claire; and senior Shawn Ryser, Eau Claire; as dancers.

The concert also will feature student pianists Alexander Jacques, a senior from Oneida, and senior Andrew Steffen of New Richmond.

The 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 performed 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. This year, the choir will tour Greece and Crete in December.

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