UWP Choirs to perform variety of music selections

November 3, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - The Fine Arts Department at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is excited to present the Fall Choral Concert. Three unique choirs will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16, in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Music Hall in the Center for the Arts. The concert is free and open for the public to enjoy.

Concert choir director Greg Dennis will guide the university's youngest choir through five selections, one of them including "Three Madrigals" by Emma Lou Diemer. This piece is based on text from William Shakespeare's plays, "Much Ado about Nothing," "The Twelfth Knight," and "Measure for Measure." Another selection the group will perform is "Five Limericks" which is based on the text written by 19th Century Irish poet, Edward Lear.

Dennis will also direct the University Singers performing the spiritual, "I Got Shoes" which is arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw. The singers will perform "Gate, Gate," a Buddhist Montra by Brian Tate as well as "Sanctuis," by Craig Courtney, which is the song part of the Catholic mass and was first performed in the Vatican in 1999.

UWP's oldest and experienced choir, the Chamber Choir, will be under the direction of Bob Demaree. The theme for Demaree's selections is Love Lost and will include selections by Monteverdi and Hoagy Carmichael.

"We plan to focus on the family with this year's fall concert. That's why we decided to hold it on a Sunday afternoon so family and friends of the performers would be able to attend," Demaree said.

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