UW-Stout choirs to leave mark on Earth Day

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Three choir groups from UW-Stout are looking to make their mark on Earth Day.

The Symphonic Singers, UW-Stout Chamber Choir, and the Devil Tones will be hosting their first Earth Day concert on Saturday.

Melodic humming and natural sounds are what the groups have in queue for Saturday’s concert.

“As far as this concert goes, we want to have another way we can approach the idea of the environment in terms of reexamining how beautiful the world is and just enjoy that aspect and express it through music,” Jerry Hui, the Director of Choral Activities for UW-Stout, said.

The songs being sung on Saturday will have themes based on nature to show their appreciation for the earth.

“There are songs about water,” Hui said. “There are songs about animals. There are also songs about rainforests and just the general beauty of nature.”

Bailey Bataille, a freshman in the chamber choir, says it’s a way to convey their thoughts in a peaceful way.

“I like the idea of sharing your opinions or your beliefs through music without shoving it down someone’s throat,” Bataille said.

The concert is just one part of a weeklong effort UW-Stout has promoting Earth Day and a healthy environment.

“The fact that we took on Earth Day as our theme really showcases Stout’s commitment to the earth and to that cause, but also how important it is to us students as well to get the student voice in there,” Melinda Lacke, a senior in the chamber choir, said.

“Expressing the beauty that this earth shows through melodic humming and giving all we have: our gifts, our talents in singing to present that to everyone that’s willing to hear,” Mitchell Johnson, a sophomore in the chamber choir, said.

The groups will also be singing the National Anthem at the Brewers game in Milwaukee on Thursday night.

“It’s pretty much just to show our whole entire program and how much we work in this because choir is a very big thing for all of us,” Jon Nyseth, a freshman in the chamber choir, said. “It’s a great thing to come together and show everyone.”

The concert will be at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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