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Nov. 11 Singing Statesmen concert to include Civil War remembrance

RELEASED: Nov. 9, 2011

The Singing Statesmen with Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff
The Singing Statesmen with
Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff

EAU CLAIRE — The Singing Statesmen of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Directed by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, The Singing Statesmen will dedicate a portion of the concert to the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. During this segment, quotations from presidents, generals, poets and soldiers will be read in honor of all members of the armed forces who served and in remembrance of those who lost their lives.

Selections to be performed during the Civil War remembrance include "Waitin' for the Dawn of Peace" by Ron Jeffers, "Soldier's Elegy" by Michael Kregler, "Salutation of the Dawn" by Harvey Enders and "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key/J.S. Smith. The Singing Statesmen also will perform "War at Home" by Josh Groban, arranged for the ensemble by senior Andrew Steffen, New Richmond. "War at Home" will feature tenor soloist Bill Seipel, a senior music education major from Eau Claire, and accompanist Miles Plant, a freshman applied piano music major from Waukesha.

This is The Singing Statesmen's 46th season as one of the premier university male choruses in the United States. The group is one of six choral ensembles on the UW-Eau Claire campus, recognized as Wisconsin's "Singing University."

The Singing Statesmen comprises 71 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.

Seating is reserved for this event and concertgoers are encouraged to purchase tickets early. Tickets, available 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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