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November 13, 2002

VITERBO CELEBRATION SINGS WITH THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

LA CROSSE, Wis.—The Viterbo University Music Department is kicking off the holiday season this year with a magical Christmas Celebration, from Dec. 7-8, as part of the Bright Star Season.

 The evening begins with the performance of J.S. Bach’s Baroque choral masterpiece "Magnificat in D," by the Viterbo Concert Choir, directed by Daniel Johnson-Wilmot and supported by an orchestra comprised of local individuals. The piece is a setting of the Latin text, which begins, "My soul doth magnify the lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior."

 John Rutter’s 20th century collection of carols, "Dancing Day," directed by Jean Saladino and performed by the Women’s Chorale, will follow the "Magnificat." "Dancing Day" is a series of poetry and traditional songs of the season and is accompanied by harpist Elinor Niemisto. Viterbo University will feature its new Martin harpischord during the concert. The instrument was built by Willard Martin of Bethlehem, Penn. and is a single manual instrument built in the French style.

 The performance also features Viterbo student soloists under the instruction of Jean Saladino, Diane Foust, Jerry Benser, and Daniel Johnson-Wilmot. The annual Christmas Lobby Party will follow both performances and features faculty soloists as well as the Concert Choir, Women’s Chorale, the Ninth Street Singers directed by Diane Foust, and Platinum Edition directed by Nancy Allen.

The Christmas Celebration is sponsored by Charter Communications. Performances will be held in the Fine Arts Center Main Theatre, on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $14/11. To order tickets, contact the Viterbo University Box Office at 608-796-3100.

EDITORS: PLEASE NOTE STUDENTS FROM YOUR CITIES (OVER)

STATE CITY NAME YEAR ROLE
AR Russellville Edson Melendez Sophomore Magnificat—duet tenor (Friday, Sunday) & aria tenor (Saturday)
GA Richmond Hill Amanda Drake Senior Dancing Day—"Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day" solo (Friday)
IA Fort Dodge Suzanne Flater Junior Magnificat—aria, soprano (Friday, Sunday)
Hudson  Dixie Roberts  Sophomore  Dancing Day—"Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day" solo (Sunday)
Washington Emily Jewell Freshman Dancing Day—"A Virgin Most Pure" solo (Friday)
Hawthorn Woods Katie Siri Junior Magnificat—trio soprano I
MN Brooklyn Park Kayla Sundean Freshman Dancing Day—"A Virgin Most Pure" solo (Sunday) & "There is no Rose" duet (Saturday)
Cottage Grove Jason Bielke Junior Magnificat—aria bass (Saturday)
Grand Meadow Sarah Baldus Junior Magnificat—aria, soprano (Saturday) & trio alto
Minneapolis Katie Butler Senior Magnificat—trio soprano I
Kimberly Hutchinson Freshman Dancing Day—"A Virgin Most Pure" solo (Friday)
Richfield Colleen Kachelmeier Freshman Dancing Day—"A Virgin Most Pure" solo (Saturday)
Roseville Angela Hermes Sophomore Dancing Day—"There is no Rose" duet (Sunday)
WI Amherst Chelsea Bassett Freshman Dancing Day—"A Virgin Most Pure" solo (Saturday)
Arkansaw Jackie King Senior Magnificat—trio soprano I
Cashton Valentina Sales Freshman Dancing Day—"A Virgin Most Pure" solo (Saturday)
Holmen Katie Mumaw Freshman Dancing Day—"There is no Rose" duet (Friday)
La Crosse Denise Bird Senior Magnificat—aria soprano (Friday)
Erin Schockmel Freshman Magnificat—aria soprano (Sunday)
Nolan Dresden Senior Magnificat—aria bass (Sunday)
Lynn Biddick Senior Magnificat—duet alto (Saturday) & trio alto
Ken Schelper Senior Magnificat—duet tenor (Saturday) & aria tenor (Friday, Sunday)
Susan Espe Freshman Dancing Day—"There is no Rose" duet (Saturday)
Lone Rock Damion Edwards Senior Magnificat—aria bass (Friday)
Madison Ellie Boucher Freshman Dancing Day—"A Virgin Most Pure" solo (Sunday) & "There is no Rose" duet (Sunday)
Malone Heide Freund Junior Magnificat—trio soprano I
Maribel Amanda Zeitler Sophomore Magnificat—trio alto
Marshfield Molly Nesbitt Senior Dancing Day—"A Virgin Most Pure" solo (Friday)
Milwaukee Jen Roberdeau Senior Magnificat—trio soprano II
Mosinee Sara Heil Junior Dancing Day—"There is no Rose" duet (Friday)
Oconomowoc Krysta Hansen Freshman Dancing Day—"A Virgin Most Pure" solo (Sunday) & —"Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day" solo (Saturday)
Onalaska Jackie Whitsett Senior Magnificat—aria soprano (Saturday)
Amanda Rhatigan Junior Magnificat—duet alto (Friday, Sunday) & aria alto (Saturday) & trio alto
Racine Shelly Gorr Senior Magnificat—trio soprano II
River Falls Carrie Knudson-Hendrickson Sophomore Magnificat—aria alto (Friday, Sunday)
Sparta Jill Giudice Junior Magnificat—trio soprano II
West Salem Alyssa Bruemmer Senior Magnificat—trio soprano II

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