May Concerts Planned

Free admission to Moraine Symphonic Band concert
By UW-Washington County

The Moraine Symphonic Band, under the direction of Ryan Meisel, will perform in the campus theatre on Saturday, May 6 at 2pm. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary. The program includes a wide variety of repertoire from contemporary music in “Watchmen Tell Us of the Night,” a classical piece in Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue” and a new piece, “The Addison Red Line.” Cultural musical selections include the Native American selection, “Arikara,” and the American classical piece, “Calvary Quick-Step.” Traditional music includes “Overture to Orpheus”, Bach’s “Sleepers Awake” and “Come to the Festival Tent.” A social follows the concert. The campus is located at 400 S. University Drive in West Bend.

Moraine Chorus at Holy HillUW-WC’s Moraine Chorus and the Kettle Moraine Symphony, both under the direction of UW-WC Music Professor, Dr. Peter Gibeau, will be performing Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor on Sunday, May 7 at 3pm at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary at Holy Hill in Hubertus. The C-minor Mass is scored for chorus, soloists, and orchestra. The soloists are Deanna Gibeau, soprano; Katrina Lemens, mezzo-soprano; Wesley Dunnagan, tenor; and David Mohr, baritone. 

Mozart composed the C-minor Mass in 1782-83 in Vienna and Salzburg and performed it in Salzburg in 1783. The soprano soloist for the “Et incarnatus est” was Constanze, his wife, who was visiting Mozart’s hometown and meeting her father-in-law Leopold for the first time. Because Mozart married Constanze over the objections of his father, the C-minor Mass may have been a kind of peace offering. While much of the music is exuberant and euphoric, as in the opening movement of the Gloria, some of it is very dark, chromatic, and even disturbing, such as the opening Kyrie eleison (Lord have mercy), which is a troubled pleading to his father, Leopold, for forgiveness. 

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. Tickets to the concert are available online at

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 more information about musical opportunities at UW-WC, visit the website,




Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications