May Concerts Planned

Free admission to May 7 concert
By UW-Washington County

The Music Department at UW-Washington County (UW-WC) is planning two May concerts.

The Moraine Symphonic Band, under the direction of Ryan Meisel, will perform in the campus theatre on Saturday, May 7 at 2pm. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary. The hour long program includes a wide variety of repertoire from contemporary music in Clowns, a medley of Gerschwin and an arrangement of Casey at the Bat, narrated by clarinetest Dick Gerard. Cultural musical selections include Slavia, Four Scottish Dances, and Hebrew Folk Songs.  Traditional music in Overture to Orpheus, Bach's Sleepers Awake and Come to the Festival Tent, a composition by one of our member's former band directors.

A social follows the concert. The campus theatre is on the second floor of the campus, located at 400 University Drive (exit from Hwy. 33) in West Bend.

UW-WC’s Moraine Chorus, under the direction of UW-WC Music Professor, Dr. Peter Gibeau, will be performing their spring concert with the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, May 15 at the Basicilica of the National Shrine of Mary at Holy Hill in Hubertus at 3pm. The 75 minute concert will consist of one work, A German Requiem, by Johannes Brahms. It is scored for chorus, soprano and baritone soloists, and orchestra.

The soprano soloist is Deanna Gibeau and the baritone soloist is David Mohr. Paul Thorgaard, director of the Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra will conduct the work while Peter Gibeau, the director of the Moraine Chorus, will sing with the bass section.

A German Requiem is seven movements long in a kind of arch form. Movements around the arch are paired: the first and seventh movements are similar in that they offer comfort for the living, the second and sixth movements are the most exciting, the third and fifth movements feature soloists, and the keystone fourth movement is the familiar and beautiful, “How lovely is thy dwelling place.” There is also a three-note motive that unites the work.

The Moraine Chorus is a “Communiversity” chorus based at UW-Washington County. The ensemble consists of students, former students, and community members, all united by a love of singing. Concert tickets are required and available through the Symphony website, or at the door.

Both the Moraine Symphonic Band and the Moraine Chorus meet at UW-WC weekly to practice. UW-WC students as well as community members are welcome to join. For information about membership in any of the musical organizations, email: or phone 262-335-5259.


Sue Bausch