Photo caption: The last live performance of the UW-Eau Claire Holiday Concert, pictured above, took place in 2019. Pablo Center COVID-19 protocols this year will require masks for attendees and several options regarding vaccination or negative test status. See link in story to Pablo guidelines.
A beloved Eau Claire tradition returns to the stage on Sunday, Dec. 5, with the 47th annual UW-Eau Claire Holiday Concert. The festive event will bring more than 300 talented Blugold students in eight distinct ensembles together for a musical event like no other.
Thanks to generous sponsorship from the UW-Eau Claire Foundation and the COVID-19 safety protocols put in place at Pablo Center at the Confluence, the campus and community can once again gather to ring in the spirit of the holidays through music and song in the RCU Theatre.
Performances will be at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets cost $12.50 each, plus fees and taxes, and can be purchased on the Pablo Center ticket site.
Concertgoers will be treated to 15 pieces of holiday music performed by the UW-Eau Claire Wind Symphony, University Symphony Orchestra, Novum Voce, Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Women’s Concert Chorale, The Singing Statesmen and Symphonic Choir.
“We are thrilled to bring back this event after having to cancel last year,” says Dr. John Stewart, associate professor of music and director of concert bands.
“This year we are proud to premiere the second installment of ‘Winter’s Song’ by composition alumnus Kyle Newmaster '99, a piece incorporating the poetry of Max Garland, Blugold professor emeritus of English and former Wisconsin poet laureate.”
As one of the signature public events offered through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, the Holiday Concert has become an annual gift to the community, complete with its own traditions and community favorites.
“The Foundation has partnered for decades with the music and theatre arts department to offer this concert to the community,” says Foundation president Kimera Way. “It’s a marvelous opportunity for the university to showcase the amazing talents of more than 300 student musicians throughout the show. Since we were unable to hold the concert last year, we are especially excited to welcome back the performing groups and audience to an afternoon and evening of outstanding music and cheer.”