Symphony Band and Platteville Chorale to perform

April 20, 2017
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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Symphony Band and Platteville Chorale will perform a joint concert on Wednesday, May 3 in the Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. The concert, “We Shall Overcome,” will include pieces that deal with the subject of overcoming adversity.

“Whether it is Mark Camphouse’s tribute to Rosa Parks, Dan Forrest’s beautiful work about parents facing the loss of a young child or Marta Keen’s heart-warming piece for choir and band, this concert will provide inspiration for all who attend,” said Matthew Gregg, associate director of bands at UW-Platteville. “These two ensembles have been collaborating regularly since before I arrived at UW-Platteville 13 years ago. It is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate community members making music alongside UW-Platteville students. I am very proud to be a part of it.”

A number of UW-Platteville faculty members will be featured during the concert.

Dr. Laura Anderson, chair of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at UW-Platteville, will perform a solo, “Sweet Home,” an old African American song arranged by Wendell Whalum. Allen Cordingley, senior lecturer of saxophone; Keith Lienert, lecturer of percussion and jazz studies; and Rob Shepherd, lecturer of music; will perform “Blues for a Killed Cat,” a song that incorporates jazz in a concert band setting while also featuring some of Platteville’s most prominent jazz musicians, including Ken Kilian. The song is by Jack End, edited by Frederick Fennell.

The Platteville Chorale, directed by Greg Dennis, will sing six pieces, including “Sanctus” by Robert Ray; “The Gypsy Rose,” an Irish ballad arranged by Emily Crocker; “The Heart of the Fugue,” by Robert Leaf; “Calme des Nuit,” by Camille Saint-Saens, edited by Judith Blezzard; “Three Limericks in Canon Form” by Arthur Frackenpohl; and “Set Me as a Seal” by Rene Clausen.

Following the chorale performance, the Platteville Chorale and UW-Platteville Symphony Band, directed by Dennis and Gregg, will perform “Homeward Bound” by Marta Keen Thompson, arranged by Jay Althouse and Brant Karrick.

UW-Platteville Symphony Band will then perform “An Outdoor Overture” by Aaron Copland; “A Movement for Rosa” by Mark Camphouse; “Good Night, Dear Heart,” by Dan Forrest; “Mock Morris” by Percy Aldridge Grainger, arranged by Joseph Kreines; and “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by Richard Wagner, transcribed by Lucien Cailliet.

Symphony Band is a group of musicians who provide performances of artistic merit for the benefit of the university and the southwestern Wisconsin community. The band is open to all UW-Platteville students, through audition, who play a wind or percussion instrument and who have an interest in music.  The group presents concerts in the fall and spring.

Platteville Chorale provides opportunities for people of all ages to make music. The group includes over 100 members from more than a dozen area communities. The group performs mainly during the academic year.

Tickets are available at the University Box Office. General admission is $7. Student and senior tickets are $5. For more ticket information visit the online box office at or call the University Box Office at 608-342-1298.

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, Communications Specialist, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,


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