Gender choirs to perform together on May 5

April 29, 2015
Gender Choirs

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s two gender choirs will perform on Tuesday, May 5, at the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. The concert is open to university students, faculty, staff and community members.

The concert will feature performances by Coro D’Angeli, a 37-member, advanced women’s chorus, and the Singing Pioneers, a 42-member, advanced men’s chorus, both directed by Dr. Bob Demaree, professor of music and director of choral activities at UW-Platteville. The choirs will be accompanied by Rob Shepherd, music lecturer at UW-Platteville.

Coro D’Angeli’s repertoire will feature a set of compositions with the theme “Earth to Heaven,” including the motet “Duo Seraphim Clamabant” by Tomás Luis de Victoria; “Hexenlied,” (“Witches’ Song”) by Felix Mendelssohn; a number of Gospel-style songs, including “Under Heaven,” “Still I Rise,” “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me,” and “This Little Light of Mine”; a medley of three songs from the movie “The Preacher’s Wife,” starring Whitney Houston; and “Dorothy Poems” by Craig Hella Johnson.

The Singing Pioneers repertoire will include works that reflect upon the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, including a choral version of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and “Tell My Father” from “The Civil War: An American Musical.” In addition, the Singing Pioneers will perform three works from the Romantic Russian sacred choral repertoire and arrangements of Beatles songs.

“I’ve always enjoyed programming pieces that have some sort of historical relevance, and with the Beatles finishing their live performance career in San Francisco in 1965, their music seemed like a timely addition,” said Demaree. “And the Coro D’Angeli program will be extremely uplifting as their songs start ‘on the ground’ and then ascend toward the heavens.”

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. The vast majority of the singers are non-music majors as well — they represent a wide range of majors offered at UW-Platteville.

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. The collaborative, gender choir 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,


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