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Works by late poet Lorine Niedecker inspire music performed by ensemble

Originally posted on Daily Union on June 18, 2013. MADISON — The Isthmus Vocal Ensemble of Madison, under the direction of Scott MacPherson, celebrated its tenth anniversary by commissioning a piece from composer Jerry Hui. The piece is made up of three parts based on three poems penned by the late Fort Atkinson poet Lorine Niedecker. “When we heard about this performance, several of us traveled to Madison to hear it. We were not sure what to expect,” Friends of Lorine Niedecker President Ann Engelman Continue reading →

“On Wisconsin” Documentary

See UW Concert Choir sing my arrangement of On Wisconsin! From UW-Madison School of Music Newsletter, December 18, 2009: A documentary highlighting the history, culture and impact of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s fight song, “On, Wisconsin!” premieres on the Big Ten Network at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21. The program includes a clip of the Concert Choir performing a new arrangement of the song by doctoral student Jerry Hui. The documentary will be rebroadcast on the Big Ten Network at 9 a.m. and 3:30 Continue reading →

On Wisconsin!

A retro-blog: The University of Wisconsin-Madison was celebrating the 100th birthday of its fight song “On Wisconsin!” I was invited to write an official a cappella arrangement of the tune, and UW Concert Choir gave it an exhilarating premiere on November 13, 2009, conducted by Beverly Taylor. Besides a live performance, the University has also prepared ample amount of activities and material related to this jovial celebration. For example, they’ve put together an archive; you can learn more than you want to know about the Continue reading →

Gimme, gimme that gorgeous “Modern Millie”

Capital Times, 08/16/2008 [original] Kenneth George nearly steals the show of “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” and he isn’t even in the cast. The third year MFA Scene Design major at UW-Madison has created a sweeping, striking set in the Wisconsin Union Theatre, inspired by art deco and meticulous in every detail. A performance on such a stage could seem like an afterthought. Delightfully, when the company appears onstage they do not disappoint for a moment, clad in Rebecca Sites’s beautiful costumes and tapping as fast as Continue reading →