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
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
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.
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-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
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.
Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts
What: Rumors by Neil Simon
Where: Toland Theatre, located on 16th and
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
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.
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
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
Gallery hours: noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday; 4-6
p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.
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
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
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.
Where: University Art Gallery, UW-L Center for the Arts, 16th and
Admission: Free. Regular gallery hours are noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon-5
p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
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
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
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
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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