Concert showcases university talent

UW-Sheboygan’s University Chorus, the Small Vocal Ensemble, the Jazz Ensemble and soloists combine musical talents at 7pm on Thursday, April 21 at UW Sheboygan (UW-SHB) to celebrate Earth Day with a special musical tribute.

Oostburg Middle School Choir along with Samantha DeVries, a music major at UWOshkosh and UW-Sheboygan alumna, will also perform. The MUSE Concert (Music of the University Soloists and Ensembles) takes place in the Fine Arts Theatre on the UW-SHB campus.

The Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of UW-SHB Associate Music Lecturer, Paul Sucherman. Selections include the beautiful ballad My One and Only Love, featuring alto saxo- phonist, Jessica Crist of Cedar Grove and Benny Goodman's Sing, Sing, Sing featuring Howards Grove's Kara Thiel on clarinet and Sheboygan drummer, Derek Klockow. Lucinda will feature Sheboygan trumpeter Mia Thaves and Count Basie's Hay Burner will feature muted trumpets as well as Sheboygan's Pachia Yang doubling on lead alto and flute.

Both the small vocal ensemble and the University Chorus are conducted by Dr. Christy Talbott, Associate Professor of Music and campus department head. Musical numbers include Mornin’ by Al Jarreau, Jay Graydon, and David Foster; Noche de Lluvia by Sid Robinovitch; All Creatures of our God and King and Bumble Bee, both by Anders Edenroth, the arranger/composer for the popular “Real Group,” and Fields of Gold by Sting.

Special guests for this grand night of music include the Oostburg Middle School Choir and Samantha DeVries, senior music major at UW Oshkosh in Vocal Performance and Music Education and former UW-SHB music major. The concert will conclude with Rutter’s famous choral piece, The Lord Bless You and Keep You.

According to Talbott, the concert combines all that’s best about a university music department. “We engage the students in a variety of musical styles and encourage them to excel by gently raising the level of difficulty of the music. Our success is due, in large part, to the volunteer community members who participate in all three ensembles. They mentor our students for the sheer joy of making music together. That makes it no longer a course to take for credit; it’s a way of life.”

Admission is $7 for all community guests, $2 for children 12 and under, and free to all UW-SHB students with ID. Tickets will be available at the door, which opens at 6pm.

Also in connection with Earth Week, UW-SHB students are currently collecting cleans towels for local animal shelters, soft flannel shirts to be made into baby wipes, and needed items for Safe Harbor. Students create projects that consider their own environmental passions. For more information on this recycling project or musical events at UW-SHB, contact Dr. Christy Talbott at Christy.talbott@uwc.edu.UW-SHB is located at One University Drive in Sheboygan. Free parking is available in the student lot.


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