Coro D’Angeli and Singing Pioneers to perform at gender choir concert

November 13, 2013
Coro D'Angeli
Singing Pioneers

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's two gender choirs will perform on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts at 3 p.m. General admission is $5. The concert is open to the public.

The concert will feature performances by Coro D'Angeli, a 37-member, advanced women's chorus at UW-Platteville, and Singing Pioneers, a 44-member, advanced men's chorus at UW-Platteville, both directed by Dr. Robert Demaree, professor of music and director of choral activities at UW-Platteville.

The men will sing a set of pieces that relate to the theme of war. Repertoire will include “Soldier's Chorus” from Verdi's opera Il Trovatore; “Soldier's Chorus” from Gounod's opera “Faust;” “Avenging and Bright,” arranged by David Mooney; “A Stopwatch and an Ordnance Map” by Samuel Barber; and two selections from the Broadway musical “Les Miserables.”

The women will sing a set of pieces that relate to the theme “Up in the Air.” Repertoire will include “Sunshine and Cloudless Sky,” by Linda Tutas Haugen, which sets some text written by Anne Frank while she was in hiding with her family; “Beneath the African Sky” by Caldwell and Ivory, which sets text from an essay written by Clemantine Wamariya, who escaped Rwanda's death squads; “Aure Volanti” by Francesca Caccini, one of the noted female music professionals of the 1600s; and “Los Bilbilicos,” a Sephardic, or Spanish/Jewish, folksong about nightingales, arranged by Paula Foley Tillen and accompanied by UW-Platteville faculty clarinetist, Corey Mackey.

“It has been incredibly rewarding to direct Coro D'Angeli and Singing Pioneers for the past 16 years,” said Demaree. “The members in both choirs have the musical knowledge, skills and expertise needed to perform at a very high level. They also possess the ability to sing repertoire in a way that reflects a thoughtful interpretation of musical themes, and to bring those interpretations to life in front of audiences.”

“Choir members devote an incredible number of hours to prepare for a concert like this,” said Demaree. “In fact, 98 percent of what we do happens in the rehearsal room, not on the stage. Performing in front of an audience is the culmination of countless hours of practice, discussion and analysis. It is also a public declaration that choir members believe in one another and are dedicated to performing beautiful music that audience members will find meaningful and memorable.”

Both Coro D'Angeli and Singing Pioneers tour regularly and perform repertoire showcasing a variety of historical genres and styles. Members of these ensembles also frequently sing with a mixed choir.

Contact: Dr. Robert Demaree, director of choral activities, Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1446,

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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