Mixed Choirs explore Mozart in March 3 concert

February 19, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – On Sunday, March 3, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Mixed Choirs, which includes the Concert Choir, University Singers and Chamber Choir, will present a program of Mozart’s works, ranging from the sacred to the secular. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Center for the Arts Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall at 3 p.m.

Dr. Robert Demaree, UW-Platteville music professor and director of choral activities, said there are many festivals that are “mostly” Mozart, but this concert, titled Mostly Mozart, with the first word overwritten by Totally, will be completely dedicated to the Austrian composer, conductor and musician.

Trey Davis, UW-Platteville music lecturer and associate director of choral activities, will conduct the Concert Choir and University Singers. Demaree, who conducts the Chamber Choir, will be joined by student guest conductors Nicholas Winders, a music major from East Dubuque, Ill., and Emily Hackl, a music education major from Fond du Lac, Wis. Hackl also won the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association Student Conducting Competition in Milwaukee last month.

In the concert’s first half, the University Singers and Concert Choir will sing a selection of infrequently heard Mass movements juxtaposed with two Kyries (prayers), one fast and one slow, and the Chamber Choir will offer five Italian Nocturnes, which are reflective of the nighttime. Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey, UW-Platteville music lecturer and University Symphony Orchestra director, and John Marco, UW-Platteville senior music lecturer, will join the Chamber Choir on bassoon and clarinet respectively.

Members of the USO will then join all three choirs in the second half of the concert as they perform the “Solemn Vespers.”

Davis, who joined the UW-Platteville choral program last semester, said he has enjoyed collaborating with colleagues on events like this one. “It truly is a team effort,” he said. “The fact that we all work together is my favorite part.”

Contact: Dr. Robert Demaree, professor, UW-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1446, demaree@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Barbara Weinbrenner, communications specialist, UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, weinbreb@uwplatt.edu

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