Singing groups to join in mixed choir concert

April 20, 2015
Chamber Choir
Concert Choir
University Singers

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Members of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Concert Choir, University Singers and Chamber Choir will raise their voices in song at a mixed choir concert on Monday, April 27, in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for general admission and $5 for student admission.

Dr. Bob Demaree, director of choral activities at UW-Platteville, and Dr. Brian Burns, associate director of choral activities at UW-Platteville, will conduct the performance.

The Chamber Choir will feature works by Antonio Vivaldi; Morten Lauridsen, including three of his six “Fire Madrigals” – 20th century madrigals based on the style and texts of Renaissance Italian madrigals; John Corigliano, including “Liebeslied” (Song of Love), a homage to Johannes Brahms’ two famous sets of Liebeslieder Waltzes; and Josef Rheinberger, including four works by this contemporary of Johannes Brahms.

Three UW-Platteville students will be featured during the concert. Madison Anderson, a senior choral/general music education major from Wind Lake, Wis., will sing a soprano solo during the Vivaldi work. Laura Bee, a piano major from Bloomington, Minn., and Amanda Godin, a piano major from Lakeville, Minn., will play four-hand piano during the Corigliano piece.

The centerpiece of the University Singers portion of the concert will be the “Five Hebrew Love Songs,” by Eric Whitacre, which will feature faculty violinist Dr. Carol Carlson. University Singers will also sing the world premiere of Iowa composer Elaine Hagenberg's “Refuge,” a setting of Sara Teasdale's poetry. They will also sing one of G.F. Handel's Coronation Anthems, “Zadok the Priest,” a setting of the 150th Psalm by Howard Hanson; and “Sicut Cervus,” a motet by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. The Palestrina work will include interpolations from UW-Platteville saxophone professor Allen Cordingley.

Concert Choir will sing “Hatikva,” John Leavitt's arrangement of a traditional Jewish melody; “Dereva Ni Mungu,” a setting of a Swahili prayer by Minnesota composer Jake Runestad; Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov's version of the 103rd Psalm from the Russian Orthodox tradition; and Robert Ray's upbeat gospel tune “He Never Failed Me Yet.”

As UW-Platteville pursues its vision of being recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities and empowering each individual, it is guided by four strategic planning priorities. This collaborative, mixed concert aligns with three of the priorities, including providing an outstanding education, fostering a community of achievement and respect and enriching the tri-state region. 

Written by: Laurie Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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