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Celebration of Choral Music March 10 to feature five student ensembles

March 5, 2013

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present the American Choral Directors Association Celebration of Choral Music March 10 in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

The concert, which begins at 2 p.m., will feature the Women's Chorus, Symphonic Choir, The Singing Statesmen, Women's Concert Chorale and Concert Choir.

The Women's Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Pétillot, lecturer of voice, will be accompanied by sophomore Alex Munger, New Berlin. The group will perform "Double Trouble" by John Williams and Teena Chinn, "Through This House Give Glimmering Light" by Amy Beach and "My Sister's Hands" by Sally DeFord, among others.

The Symphonic Choir, directed by Dr. Alan Rieck, associate professor of music, will perform "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff. Senior Elliott Etzkorn, Savage, Minn., will provide accompaniment.

Dr. Gary Schwartzhoff, professor of music, will direct The Singing Statesmen with accompaniment by sophomore Miles Plant, Brookfield, and senior Andrew Steffen, New Richmond. The group will perform several pieces, including "I Come Singing!" by Eric Bamum, "Beati Mortui" by Felix Mendelssohn, and "La Danza" by Giacchino Rossini and James Mulholland, which was dedicated to The Singing Statesmen in 2008.

Rieck also will conduct Women's Concert Chorale, with accompaniment by sophomore Kayla Shoemaker, Eau Claire. The group will perform "Iter Itineris" by sophomore Zachary Moore, Wind Lake; and "Laetatus Sum" by Nicola Porpora, among others.

Concert Choir, under the direction of Schwartzhoff, will conclude the concert, with accompaniment by senior Andrew Steffen, New Richmond, and junior Megan Sorenson, Onalaska. The choir's performance will include "Cantus Gloriosus" by Josef Swider, "Ave Maria" by Kevin Memley and "Take Up the Song" by James Mulholland.

Tickets to the March 10 Celebration of Choral Music concert, available at the 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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