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UW-Eau Claire's Concert Choir to be featured at national choral festival in Washington, D.C.

January 17, 2013
Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Concert Choir, directed by Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, will perform as the featured choir at the National Presidents Day Choral Festival at 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The Concert Choir's performance will honor the life and service of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States. Schwartzhoff, UW-Eau Claire professor of music, will serve as artistic director for the festival and will conduct a mass choir involving more than 300 musicians from five states. The Concert Choir previously performed at the Kennedy Center in February 2009 as part of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Choral Festival.

The concert will feature the world-premiere performance of "Let The Word Go Forth," a composition by former UW-Eau Claire music faculty member Dr. Ethan Wickman, as well as "Eternal Father Strong to Save" by John B. Dykes and Dan Forrest, which was commissioned by The Master Singers of Eau Claire. View the full festival program.

The Concert Choir also will perform at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at St. Matthew's Cathedral, the site of President Kennedy's funeral mass.

"It is a thrilling opportunity for the Concert Choir to perform on our nation's concert stage, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts," Schwartzhoff said. "For this program, Reality will meet Camelot."

Admission to the concert is free, but tickets are required. General admission tickets are available through Music Celebrations International by calling 800-395-2036. Following the concert, the Alumni Association will host a dinner for alumni and friends. UW-Eau Claire Interim Chancellor Gilles Bousquet will attend the concert and dinner. Tickets for the dinner, available by contacting the Alumni Association at 715-836-3266 or, are $27 and must be reserved by Jan. 21.

For more information about the National Presidents Day Choral Festival, contact Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff at 715-836-4056 or



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