5 P.M. INTERVIEW: The Master Singers

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)— The Master Singers will present Choral Images: Requiem for the Living on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at First Congregational UCC in Eau Claire. The March concert will conclude the Twentieth-Sixth Concert Season by The Master Singers, Gary Schwartzhoff, conductor.
News Release:
The world will pause on July 8, 2019 to recognize members of The Greatest Generation who fought in World War II at the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Liberation of France Choral Festival in Paris, France. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Choir, Gary R. Schwartzhoff, conductor and Professor Emeritus, will participate in this solemn recognition.
“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”
General Dwight D. Eisenhower,
Supreme Commander Allied Force

Over 350 vocalists involving 14 choral programs from across the United States will join in celebration of the Greatest Generation at the Paris Choral Festival, Gary Schwartzhoff, conductor and artistic director, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Liberation of France Choral Festival in July 2019. With performances in Normandy at the American Cemetery, final resting place of 9,386 American soldiers and at La Madeleine in Paris, the festival will feature Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Alumni Choir, Gary Schwartzhoff, conductor, will participate in the festival.

The Master Singers will present Choral Images: Requiem for the Living on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at First Congregational UCC in Eau Claire. The March concert will conclude the Twentieth-Sixth Concert Season by The Master Singers, Gary Schwartzhoff, conductor. The performance will include works that will be performed on the 75th Anniversary D-Day Choral Festival in July 2019 in Paris. The tour will include a performance at the American Cemetery on Omaha Beach. The following words are etched at the cemetery for all:
“This embattled shore, portal of freedom, is forever hallowed by the ideals, the valor and
the sacrifices of our fellow countrymen.”
American Cemetery, Omaha Beach

The concert in Eau Claire will include Requiem For The Living by Dan Forrest; Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré; Neither Angels, Nor Demons, Nor Powers by Timothy Takach and Eternal Father Strong to Save, a setting of the Navy Hymn. In addition, the concert will include a setting of Prayer, text by Mother Teresa, set by René Clausen and Ubi Caritas by Ola Gjeilo. The program will conclude with a work by Mack Wilberg, Let Peace Then Still the Strife. The anthem closes with these assuring words:

“Then sing ye living souls! Sing generations past,
Swell high the Tide of life, us refreshing!
Sing forth as with one voice, Bear silent grief away,
Resound with peace and hope everlasting!
And all who wait and sing, Sing on from earth and heaven,
And make our crossing forth joyful passing!”
David Werner, poet

Guest artists on the Eau Claire program will include Christopher Stroh, organist, from the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis and members of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra. The Master Singers season is supported in-part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Advance tickets for the March 17 performance are available at the Festival Foods locations in Eau Claire and at First Congregational UCC in Eau Claire.