UWP's Schwetzingen Day rich in history, tradition

April 24, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-An annual University of Wisconsin-Platteville spring arts festival, Schwetzingen Day, is rich in history, tradition and German lore.

The origins of Schwetzingen Day began in the 18th century in the German village of Schwetzingen, a rural community about the size of Platteville, when an English music historian named Charles Burney heard the royal orchestra practicing.

Impressed, Burney wrote an account of his musical encounter, "The Present State of Music in Germany … 1775 London."

The late Roland Anfinson, then chair of the UWP music department, brought the spirit of that German town to Platteville 26 years ago.

Don't let the hard-to-pronounce name - Schwetzingen Day - stop you from having fun at this year's Wednesday, April 30, spring blast with music, food and fun.

Just purse your lips like you're getting ready to kiss someone, say "Schwetz" (rhymes with "Fletch") and the rest will follow. Things will get rolling at 9:30 a.m. at the northwest patio of the Pioneer Student Center.

This free and open to the public event, sponsored by the UWP Department of Fine Arts, will feature 10 musical ensembles, including wind ensemble, symphony band, two jazz ensembles, two jazz combos, University singers, chamber choir, pep band and concert choir.

The UWP music department invites everyone to join in the spring tradition, said Fine Arts Chair Department Daniel Fairchild. Campus organizations join in each year selling a wide variety of food and more, he added.

In case of rain, the event will be held in the PSC Pioneer Crossing. For further information, please call 608-342-1123.

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