UW-Green Bay Chorale and Concert Choir will premiere original work

The spring performance of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chorale and Concert Choir will feature a variety of selections, including the premiere of a new composition by UW-Green Bay professor Michelle McQuade Dewhirst.

UW-Green Bay Director of Choral Activities Randall Meder will conduct the performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 5 in the Cofrin Family Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

The groups will perform selections that range from the 1500s to the present, said Meder.

The performance will begin with Meder directing the Concert Choir with accompaniment by pianist Mary Slavek. A highlight of the choir’s performance will be three selections “Kyrie,” “Gloria,” and “Credo” from Franz Schubert’s Mass in G. Those selections will feature soprano Farin Ludtke, and bass Alex Stensaas.

The Concert Choir’s portion of the show will conclude with “Down to the River to Pray” a traditional work made popular by the movie O Brother Where Art Thou? Featured on this selection will be sopranos Eva Campbell and Nikita Cantable, altos Kristin Poehls and Elizabeth Spaulding and baritones Zach Steffel and Alex Stensaas.

Following a brief intermission, the UW-Green Bay Chorale will take the stage under the direction of Meder, with accompaniment by pianist David Severtson.

Among the selections to be performed will be the premiere of “Lament,” a composition by Assistant Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst based on text by poet Joan Michelson.

“Lament” will also feature UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Courtney Sherman (soprano), performing with the Chorale.

The performance will conclude with the upbeat gospel song “He’ll Make A Way,” featuring soprano Amanda Gaura.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. They can be purchased at the door, or in advance online at www.uwgb.edu/tickets/ or by calling at (920) 465-2217 or 1-800-328-TKTS.


R. Terry Anderson

I teach English Composition and handle media and marketing for the Institute for Learning Partnership.

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