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November 16, 2001

Holiday Conerts Scheduled at UW-RF
By Katie Vangsness
UW-RF News Bureau

December concerts presented by the UW-River Falls music department will include various selections to highlight the holiday season. All concerts will be held in the William Abbott Concert Hall in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building on campus, and are free and open to the public.

The UW-RF Brass Ensemble and Women's, Men's and University Choruses will perform at the "Carols and Brass" concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. UW-RF music Assistant Professor Sarah Parks and UW-RF music Instructor Rick Gaynor will direct the event.

Familiar pieces such as "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and "I'll Be Home For Christmas" will be featured, as well as standard choral literature including an African carol arranged by Wendell Whallum, titled "Betelehemu."

"New Music Ensemble Concert" will perform on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. UW-RF music Instructor Patti Cudd will direct the event. The student-comprised vocal and instrumental ensemble plays the music of modern-day composers, often with an experimental flare. The ensemble is experimental in that they will interpret drawings and nontraditional scores. The concert will feature works by composers Cornelius Cardrew, Yoko Ono, and Roger Johnson, as well as a number of drawings.

The annual Holiday Concerts featuring the UW-RF Concert Choir and the St. Croix Valley Symphony Orchestra will be held Sunday, Dec. 9, and Monday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. The UW-RF Brass Ensemble will provide pre-concert music in the lobby at 7:30 p.m. to reflect the mood of the season. The concert will open with a piece by Joel Blahnik titled "Sl-va," which translates to "Glory" from the Slavic language. The choirs will also perform selections from G.F. Handel's "Messiah."

"Payapang Daigdig" by Filipino composer Felipe de Leon will be performed by the choir with accompaniment by a guitarist. The name of the piece translates to mean "Peaceful Earth."

Holiday concert director and music department Associate Professor Amelita Grace Cajiuat said, "As we try to make sense of our chaotic situation right now, I think this Filipino song is quite timely in reminding us of what really matters and the gift that already has been given to humankind, which is creation and the simple things in life."

Poetry will be read by members of the University community throughout the programs and various soloists will be featured. Cajiuat said the audience will have the opportunity to sing carols during the program. The concert will end with the orchestra and choir performing an arrangement of "Deck the Halls," by Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller.

The St. Croix Valley Boy's Choir and the UW-RF Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. The St. Croix Valley Boy's Choir began in 1980 and this year is composed of many boys from the area. Its performance will include "Carol Of The Bells" and a Christmas medley.

For this concert the ensemble will perform "Christmas Rhapcity" by Joel Balank, a Wisconsin composer, "Tempered Steel" by UW-Stevens Point theory Professor Charles Young, and other holiday selections.

Ensemble director and music Assistant Professor Kris Tjornehoj said, "It is rare that the band does a holiday concert, so this is a great opportunity to provide the community with a festive concert."

For additional information, call 715/425-3183.

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