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University Chorale is 'Living and Dreaming' Sunday

March 10, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's international award winning University Chorale returns to campus from a three-state tour of the Midwest to offer a free concert at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, March 14, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Titled "Living and Dreaming," the concert features "Trois Chansons Bretonnes" by Henk Badings, "Three Choral Ballads" by Wilhelm Stenhammar and "Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine" by Eric Whitacre.

The University Chorale performs throughout the United States and tours internationally every third year. During its 2002 European tour, University Chorale became the first U.S. choir to be named Grand Prize Winner of the International Robert Schumann Choral Competition. During its February 2003 tour, the ensemble performed in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania before presenting three featured concerts at the 2003 National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in New York City. Members of the University Chorale are selected by audition from WMU's enrollment of nearly 30,000 students.

Dr. Joe Miller, now in his fifth year as director of choral studies at WMU, holds degrees from the University of Tennessee and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Previously, he was director of choral and vocal activities at California State University-Stanislaus and artistic director of the Stockton Chorale.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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