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    UW-L's Choral Union Sets Concert

    La Crosse, Wis. — Those who think George Frideric Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” contained the best choral music he wrote should probably think again, says UW-La Crosse Music Professor Gary Walth.

    The UW-L Choral Union will provide a chance to hear another outstanding choral work by Handel, his setting of “Dixit Dominus.” The university-community choir will perform the work at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, in Annett Recital Hall in the UW-L Center of the Arts.

    Walth, Choral Union conductor, and most in the ensemble agree that this composition, completed when the composer was 23 and living in Italy, is more challenging and ultimately just as satisfying or more so than any “Messiah” chorus.  

    “Dixit Dominus” also includes wonderful vocal solo writing, sung in this performance by Alyah Richling, Jane Eckstein Murphy, Jewell Aagard, Nancy Matchett and Allison Langer. Contralto Jane Powell will also be featured along with tenors Jason Bernhagen, Randy Dart and bass/baritone Brady Langer. Alethia Kenworthy will be the continuo keyboardist and David Phipps will be the orchestra’s concertmaster.

    General admission is $6 for students, $8 for senior citizens and $10 for others. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the UW-L Music Department at 608.785.8415.


    If you go—           

    What: Concert — George Frideric Handel’s “Dixit Dominus”

    Who:   UW-L Choral Union

    When:  7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14

    Where: Annett Recital Hall, UW-L Center for the Arts   

    Admission: $6 for students, $8 for senior citizens and $10 for others. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 608.785.8415.

    UW-L's Festival of Carols set for Dec. 7

    Holiday music from around the world will be featured during the 22nd annual University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Festival of Carols. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at English Lutheran Church, 1509 King St., La Crosse. Suggested ticket donations are: $6 for students, $8 for senior citizens, and $10 for others. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling the Music Department at 785-8415.

    Four ensembles will perform. They include the UW-L Women’s Chorus and Männerchor, Aliyah Richling, conductor; the UW-L Concert Choir, Gary Kent Walth, conductor; and UW-L’s Symphony Orchestra, J. Thomas Seddon, conductor. The concert will feature individual musical selections by the four ensembles. Choral compositions and arrangements from France, Germany and Nigeria will be highlighted, including “Nowell, Nowell, This is the Salutation of Angel Gabriel,” a Middle English carol arranged by Minnesota composer Gary Ruschman. Walth’s arrangement of the traditional carol from Trinidad “The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy” will also be performed. The concert will also include massed performances of the “Gloria” from Franz Joseph Haydn’s Third Mass (The Lord Nelson Mass), and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” and “O Clap Your Hands.” The perennial audience favorite “A Christmas Festival,” arranged by LeRoy Anderson, will serve as the finale for the concert.

    For more information, please call the UW-L Music Department at 608 785-8409.

    If you go—

    Who:   UW-L Women’s Chorus, UW-L Männerchor, UW-L Concert Choir and UW-L’s Symphony Orchestra          

    What: The 22nd annual University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Festival of Carols

    When:  7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7

    Where: English Lutheran Church, 1509 King St., La Crosse

    Admission: $6 for students, $8 for senior citizens and $10 for others. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 608.785.8415.

    Jazz Ensembles to Perform Swinging Yuletide at UW-La Crosse

    UW-La Crosse’s Swinging Yuletide will feature an upbeat performance of big band and vocal jazz holiday favorites. The La Crosse Jazz Orchestra, UW-L Jazz Ensembles, and the LaX Jazz4tet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in Valhalla in Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition.

    Selections to be performed include: “Santa Baby” with vocalist Cathy Reitz, “Zat You Santa?” with drummer/singer Tim Henke, a tune from Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker” and more.

    Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for others and $20 for reserved seating. There is limited cabaret table seating. Reservations are recommended — the concert typically sells out. Proceeds will support music scholarships for UW-L jazz students. For reservations or tickets, call the Music Department at 608.785.8415.                                                       

    To participate —

    Who: The La Crosse Jazz Orchestra, UW-L Jazz Ensembles, and the LaX Jazz4tet

    What: Swinging Yuletide Concert

    When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6                                                                            

    Where: Valhalla, UW-La Crosse Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition

    Admission: Call 608.785.8415 for tickets and reservations

    UW-L Theatre Performs an Elegant Farce Where Rumors Abound 

    The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts presents the classic farce, Rumors, embedded with lies, cover-ups and a bleeding earlobe. 

    The hilarious farce Rumors, written by award winning playwright Neil Simon, will show at 7:30 p.m. December 5-6 and December 11-13 and matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on December 6 and 7 in Toland Theatre in the Center for the Arts at 16th and Vine streets. 

    Rumors is a fast-paced comedy following four couples attending a dinner party in celebration of the New York City deputy mayor and his wife’s tenth wedding anniversary.  However, the guests soon discover that there are no servants, the hostess is missing and the deputy mayor has shot himself in the ear (it’s only a flesh wound).   The anticipated lovely evening of drinks and laughter quickly turns into a dinner party gone awry.  Comic complications arise when, given everyone’s upper class status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening’s events from the local police and the media.  As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

    Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 1.  Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Saturdays, and one hour before show times.  Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior/non UWL students and $5 for UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522.  

    If you go—

    Who:    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts

    What:  Rumors by Neil Simon

    Where: Toland Theatre, located on 16th and Vine streets.

    When:  December 5-6 & 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. and December 6 & 7 at 2:00 p.m.

    Admission: $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and non-UWL students, $5 UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522. Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 1.  Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturdays, and one hour before show times.

    Cast:   Molly Barbeau, Callie Boydston, Erica Bush, Tanner Costello, Olivia Dubiel Jessie Fanshaw, Sophia Goodner, Quinn Masterson, Aamer Mian, Calahan Skogman, Seth Von Steidl, Alex Taylor, Maxwell Ward, Julia Whalen

    UW-La Crosse to Feature Student Work from Art Class

     UW-La Crosse students whose assignment in an art class was to take intangible ideas and turn them into visual art will share their creations in an upcoming show.

    “Minds and Matters: Artwork from the 399 Professional Practices and Problems Class,” opens with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in the Student Gallery, 340 Center for the Arts. Admission is free.

    Students exhibiting include: Carrie Hilson, Kayla Kirchner, Nou Lee, Lexi Ninmer, Sarah Schultz, Alyssa Shurbert-Hetzel, Madline Thorn and Kelsey Walsh.

    Hilson describes art a “a very expressive and useful tool that can turn many directions.” Lee, a student photographer, portrays gender roles and how “the female form speaks more emotions than it can portray.” Painter Shurbert-Hetzel notes that the show exhibits a wide variety of art media and content explored by some of UW-L’s talented student artists.

    The exhibit runs through Wednesday, Dec. 10. Regular gallery hours are noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday, and 4-6 p.m.Thursdays and Fridays. Admission is free.

    Who:   Eight UW-L art students         

    What: “Minds and Matters: Artwork from the 399 Professional Practices and Problems Class”

    When: Nov. 21-Dec. 10; Opening reception 4-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21

    Where: Student Gallery, 340 UW-L Center for the Arts      

    Admission: Free

    Gallery hours: noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday; 4-6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

    Faculty to Exhibit at UW-La Crosse

    UW-La Crosse Art Department faculty will share some of the artwork and creative projects they have created during the past two years at the Faculty Biennial Art Exhibition.

    The exhibit opens with a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with the artists from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, and runs through Wednesday, Dec. 10. The gallery will close for Thanksgiving Nov. 27-30. Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, or when events are held in Toland Theatre or by appointment. All exhibitions and events in the gallery are free and open to the public.

    Exhibiting in the show are: Misha Bolstad, Joel Elgin, Kathleen Hawkes, Linda Levinson, Brad Nichols, John Ready, Randy Reeves, Binod Shrestha, Moxie Stoermer, Karen Terpstra and Jennifer Williams Terpstra. On display will be drawings, prints, ceramics, photographs, paintings, mixed media work, metalwork and comics.  

    The exhibition is supported by the UW-L College of Liberal Studies and Student Association. For more information, contact the department office at 608.785.8230 or visit

    What: “Faculty Biennial Art Exhibition

    Who: Eleven UW-L faculty members 

    Opening Reception: 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 featuring hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with the artists

    When: Nov. 20- Dec. 10. The gallery will close for Thanksgiving Nov. 27-30

    Where: University Art Gallery, UW-L Center for the Arts, 16th and Vine streets     

    Admission: Free. Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

    UW-L Theatre Department Announces 2014-2015 Theatre Season

    The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts production presents a season filled with a groundbreaking lawsuit, a Neil Simon comedy, a classic Shakespeare and a fast-paced musical.

    Opening the 2014-2015 season is 8  by Dustin Lance Black Ripped. From the headlines, 8 is a play that re-enacts events surrounding a 2010 lawsuit that overturned California's Proposition 8, a voter referendum that threw out California’s 2008 law allowing same-sex marriage. Written by Academy and Oscar Award winner Dustin Lance Black, 8 utilizes the original transcripts from the 2010 Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, which ultimately led to a California federal judge’s ruling that Prop. 8 was unconstitutional and unfairly discriminated against homosexuals.

    Next up is the Neil Simon classic, Rumors, which begins at a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse; the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.

    Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is the high-flying, splashy new musical that was nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical.  Teenager Frank W. Abagnale Jr., runs away from home in search of a glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country. Along the way, though, both Frank and Carl forge an unlikely friendship and discover a way to ultimately work together.

    The Tempest by William Shakespeare this bewitching play is believed to be Shakespeare's final work. The story concerns Miranda, a lovely young maiden, and Prospero, her philosophical old magician father, who dwell on an enchanted island, alone except for their servants — Ariel, an invisible sprite, and Caliban, a monstrous witch’s son.  Into their idyllic, but isolated, lives comes a shipwrecked party that includes the enemies who usurped Prospero's dukedom years before, and set him and his daughter adrift on the ocean. Also among the castaways is a handsome prince, the first young man Miranda has ever seen. Comedy, romance, and reconciliation ensue, in a masterly drama that begins with a storm at sea and concludes in joyous harmony.

    The UW-L Theatre Department is also thrilled to present two Frederick Theatre productions including Peter Brook’s The Man Who and the children’s tale In One Basket.  The Man Who offers a series of fascinating doctor/patient scenarios that examine our attempts to understand the workings of the brain.  Peter Brook’s hypnotizing new theatrical work is as vast and mysterious as the human imagination and as commonplace as the image of a man trying to shave himself, but failing.  The Man Who is one of the most magically effective explorations of the mind (also possibly the soul) ever to be attempted on the stage.  The Man Who is funny, inspiring, desperate, and heroic. In One Basket by Shirley Pugh is a fascinating compilation of 12 relatively obscure folktales, told in the storytelling fashion.  Audiences will be captivated by the rare, but not forgotten tales of youthfulness, adventure, and lessons to be learned played out by a cast of silly characters including a selfish princess, an absent-minded young boy, a rich man, and a spunky young girl.  Tales include The Three Wishes, Tale of a Mouse, Crown of Dew, and The Kangaroo and the Ostrich.  (Please note:  The Man Who and In One Basket are not part of the season subscription package.)

    Please join the UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts for another thrilling season!  Early bird season tickets are on sale now through July 14, 2014 and include ticket vouchers for four season productions, postcard reminders and early ticket reservation privileges. Early bird season subscriptions are $60 for general public, $50 for senior citizens and non-UWL students/high school students, and $14 for UW-L students and can be purchased by calling the UW-L Department of Theatre Arts at 608-785-6701.

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