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FROM THE PRESIDENT As President, as well as a singing member of the Waukesha Choral Union, I am honored and privileged to welcome you to our 2011-2012 concert season,” Heaven and Nature Sing”. Collaboration with the youthful choral artists of Hartford Union High School in this beautiful and historic venue makes this first concert extraordinarily special. In these tough economic times, the WCU is doing its best to provide a season of introspection, enjoyment, and fulfillment to its singers and audiences. We appreciate your attendance and your support. We hope that you will make attendance at each WCU concert a priority. We singers will do our best to make each concert a highlight of your season. Our ambitious 2011-2012 season is made possible not only by the hard work and dedication of our singers and musicians, but also by the support of our donors, advertisers, sponsors, volunteers, and all those who attend our concerts. In order to be successful our organization needs the efforts of all of these participants. With reduced public funding for the arts, each of these participants becomes more critical to our continued success. As a member of today’s audience you are one of these valued participants. You can increase that value by inviting friends, family members, and neighbors to experience the wonderful performances that will make up the rest of our 20112012 season. Tom Custis WCU President

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A B O U T T H E WAU K E S H A C H O R A L U N I O N The Waukesha Choral Union has been musically active in the community for over 60 years. Originally a combination of the Carroll College student chorus and community singers named Waukesha Choral Society in 1949, the group became the Town and Gown in 1961 and the Waukesha Choral Union in 1974, taking its present form as an auditioned choir in 1978. MISSION The Waukesha Choral Union will challenge, enrich, and engage its singing members, audiences, and community through the pursuit of excellence and a variety of programming. The WCU mission includes expansion of the effectiveness of its educational efforts throughout Waukesha County through collaboration.

WAUKESHA CHOR AL UNION Board of Directors President: Tom Custis Vice President: Diane McGeen Treasurer: Thomas Hering Secretary: Susan Wallenslager Ex-officio: Ernest Brusubardis, III Kristina Boerger Phyllis Cramer Aaron Frank Kristin Hansen Reanne Holmes Sarah Holmquist Tom Smith

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F R O M T H E A R T I S T I C D I R E C TO R Welcome to our Waukesha Choral Union’s season opener, The Human and the Divine. This evening WCU is joined by the Hartford Union High School Concert Choir. The performance includes songs about people’s relationships with each other as well as with the divine. We will offer songs of praise, love, victory, people, life, comfort, and community. All of this will be experienced through various musical styles and texts in many languages not to mention different cultural perspectives. Here is a small taste of what we have to offer. Psalm is based upon the yoik style of the Sami people. The text has no literal meaning, but the combination of the syllables and music is meant to evoke the context of the title. Bēdu manu, lielu bēdu is a song that encourages us to put our troubles behind us regardless of how bad things might be. Yet in another way, Vamudara, in the Shona tradition, respectfully admonishes someone to change their behavior who is wasting their life away. You will also hear songs from many more cultures and traditions.

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HARTFORD UNION HIGH SCHOOL CONCERT CHOIR This 48-voice ensemble is the most advanced of four curricular choirs at Hartford Union High School. The Concert Choir comprises sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are selected by audition from a total choral enrollment of 180 singers in a school population of 1,500 students. The choir rehearses daily for 46 minutes and gives 5 to 7 major concerts per year. The HUHS Concert Choir takes a major performance tour to New York City every three years and has sung for masses at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity Church as well as giving concert performances in St. John the Divine, St. Mark’s, and St. Mary’s. The choir has been honored with performances at the Wisconsin Music Educators Association State Convention in 2006 and 2001and the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association State Convention in 2010 and 2003. The group recently represented Wisconsin at the 2009 Festival of States in Washington D.C. honoring Abraham Lincoln. In addition to curricular responsibilities, two Madrigal Ensembles and a Vocal Jazz Ensemble are selected from the choir by audition. Hartford is a community of approximately 12,000 people located 45 minutes north-west of Milwaukee. One of the largest geographical school districts in the state, Hartford Union High School has 16 feeder school districts and serves seven rural communities. The Concert Choir is so happy to share its love of performing with the Waukesha Choral Union in their 2011-2012 season opener.

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The Human and the Divine Saturday, October 15, 2011 Holy Hill Basilica Waukesha Choral Union Hartford Union High School Concert Choir Ernest Brusubardis, III, Conductor Christopher Ruck, Piano Thomas L. smiTh President

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Praise Consecrate The Place And Day......................................................................... Lloyd Pfautsch Exultate justi in Domino............................................................Lodovico Grossi da Viadana Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal.........................................................................arr. Alice Parker

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Love Amor De Mi Alma...........................................................................................Z. Randall Stroope Die Nachtigall................................................................................................. Felix Mendelssohn Think On Me.................................................................................. James Quitman Mulholland Victory Ride On, King Jesus................................................................................................. Moses Hogan Hartford Union High School Concert Choir INTERMISSION People Psalm.........................................................................................................................Frode Fjellheim Vamudara.................................................................................................... arr. Dumisani Maraire Life Lebenslust............................................................................................................... Franz Schubert Bēdu manu, lielu bēdu................................................................................... Valters Kaminskis Nechevala Tuchka........................................................................................... Peter Tchaikovsky Choose Something Like A Star................................................................. Randall Thompson 5-Time Award Winner

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SOPRANO Karen Bieszk Indra Brusubardis Christine Budish Phyllis Cramer Paula Custis Bonnie Eales Jensen Patricia Hummel Barbara Miller Rena Pett Shira Richardson Sally Schwarz Carol Slaybaugh Mary Stephani Wendy Stippich Kathi Stoiber Tasha Twesme Joanna Vanderhoef ALTO Jane Dykema Maureen Hair Beth Heflin Claire Johnson Sue Laubenheimer Wendy Muller

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AU D I T I O N I N F O R M AT I O N Waukesha Choral Union is always seeking new members. To schedule an audition please call (414) 297-9310 or email at membership@choralunion.org The 2011-2012 Waukesha Choral Union season, “Heaven and Nature Sing” is sponsored in part by grants from the Arts Alliance of Waukesha County and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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C O N T R I B U TO R S The Waukesha Choral Union is deeply grateful to these donors for their meaningful financial support. Their commitment to live, local music will help the WCU remain affordable and accessible to the communities we serve. Maestro ($2,500 and above) Anthony and Andrea Bryant Family Fund Wisconsin Arts Board Conductor ($1,000 to @2,499) Arts Alliance of Waukesha County A donation in memory of James L. and Dorothy Goff Frisch JoAnn Portz Soloist ($500 to $999) Tom and Paula Custis Richard and Carol Snook Waukesha State Bank Chorister ($250 to $499) Alan Thompson Betty Lou Tikalsky Tom’s Heating Service Mary Stephani

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S H OW YO U R S U P P O R T Keeping the Waukesha Choral Union singing takes money as well as time, effort, and audiences. Show your support by coming to our performances, singing with us, “liking” us on Facebook, making a donation, or advertising in our print programs. We are a 501(c)(3) organization and your donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. S I N G W I T H WAU K E S H A C H O R A L U N I O N

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The Waukesha Choral Union derives its strength and quality from its members’ passion for singing and is always seeking new voices interested in: • Growing in your singing ability • Singing Handel’s Messiah with an orchestra • Learning new musical genres • Socializing with others who have similar interests • Being a part of a growing, dynamic Waukesha County non-profit arts organization To schedule an audition please call (414) 297-9310 or email membership@choralunion.org. REHEARSALS Tuesday nights at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2016 Center Road, Waukesha, WI 53189. VO L U N T E E R O P P O R T U N I T I E S The Waukesha Choral Union is always in need of an extra pair of hands. Let us know the talents you are willing to share. Call (414) 297-9310 or email marketingdirector@choralunion.org. A DV E R T I S E W I T H WAU K E S H A C H O R A L U N I O N Our audience is encouraged to support those businesses that advertise in our concert programs. B&W season ad space is available in: • Full-page • Half-page • Quarter-page All ads include a link on our website.

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IsN’T IT ROMANTIC?

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Love Songs from Vienna to Broadway

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