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UWFox Jazz Ensemble & Chorale Offer Free Concert – UW-Marinette Chorale to Perform with UWFox Chorale

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The University of Wisconsin-Marinette’s “West Shore Chorale” and the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley’s “UWFox Chorale” are presenting a spring concert on Sunday, May 2. Both chorales will perform together following a performance by the UWFox Jazz Ensemble that begins at 7:00 p.m. in the James W. Perry Hall on the UWFox campus in Menasha. The entire program is free and open to the public with unreserved seating.

The Jazz Ensemble program includes “Now’s the Time” (Charlie Parker), “Blue Bossa” (Kenny Dorham), “Impressions” (John Coltrane), “Autumn Leaves” (Joseph Kosma), “Bags Groove” (Milt Jackson), and “Summertime” (George Gershwin). The Jazz Ensemble is led by Dr. Marc Sackman, associate professor of music and director of bands at UWFox.

The chorale concert features music by Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann and Eric Whitacre under the direction of David Giebler, associate professor of music at UW-Marinette and Cara Davis, associate lecturer in music at UWFox, with accompaniment by James Martell of Marinette.

The chorale program will open with “Two Hebrew Love Songs” by Whitacre based on a poem by Hila Plitmann and sung by the UWFox Chorale. The combined choirs will then perform Whitacre’s “Water Night,” set to a poem by Octavio Paz and translated by Muriel Rukeyser.

Whitacre is one of the most popular and performed composers of his generation, his works being part of standard choral and symphonic repertoire. Both his choral and instrumental styles are immediately recognizable, namely by his signature “Whitacre chords,” which, with their multiple layers, create atmospheric sound images for the lyrics.

Next the combined choirs will perform three works by Schumann: “Zahnveh,” which is a setting of Robert Burn’s poem entitled, “Address to the Toothache, Der Traurige Jager” (The Sad Hunter) and “Zigeunerleben” (Gypsy Life) in honor of the 200th anniversary of the year of Schumann’s birth.

Selections from Mendelssohn’s Elijah Oratorio will complete the program. The West Shore Chorale will perform No. 22 “Be Not Afraid,” No. 29 “He, Watching Over Israel,” No. 32 “He That Shall Endure,” and No. 38 “Then Did Elijah.” Soloist Thomas Schwaba will sing No. 39 “Then Shall the Righteous Shine Forth.”  The final selection, No. 43 “Then Shall Your Light Break Forth” will be sung by the combined choirs.

For more information about the May 2 performances of the UWFox Jazz Ensemble, contact Sackman at 920-832-2625.  For the combined performance of the UWFox and UW-Marinette chorales, email Davis at 920-832-2687, email cara.davis@uwc.edu

Posted 4/26/2010