NOON INTERVIEW: The Master Singers

Published: Dec. 10, 2019 at 10:54 AM CST
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The Master Singers will present their annual Lessons and Carols Series on Friday and Saturday, December 13 and 14.

News Release:

The Master Singers, Gary R. Schwartzhoff, conductor, will present their annual Lessons and Carols Series on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 PM at First Congregational UCC, 310 Broadway in Eau Claire and on December 14 at 1:00 PM at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on 810 Pearl Street in Chippewa Falls.

he performances, part of their 27th Concert Season, will feature carols from eight different countries including a setting of Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head, an Appalachian carol, arranged by Trevor Manor, composer-in-residence for The Master Singers in 2019-2020. Featured soloist will include Cathy Statz, soprano; Sarah Pennington, alto; Aaron Athas, tenor; Slavko Ivankovic, bass; and Annelies White, soprano.

The Lessons and Carols Series has been a long-standing tradition with The Master Singers dating back to 1992. The seasonal program features fifteen traditional carols with poetic readings. Lukas Hoffland and Rebecca Santine will serve as narrators.

The Lessons and Carols program will conclude with choir and audience in the singing of Silent Night by Franz Gruber.

The Master Singers are pleased to welcome Wesley Boehm, oboist and four percussionists from UW-Eau Claire including Katie Miller, Anna Loughridge, Isaac Gabriel and Wyatt Cameron. Nancy Schwartzhoff and Megan Sorenson are the featured pianists.

Tickets for the December 13 performance are available at Festival Foods in Eau Claire; at First Congregational UCC; and at the door, if available. Tickets for the December 14 performance are available at Saint Charles Borromeo Church and at the door. Tickets for both performances are also available online at