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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

February 18, 2008

Slovakian composer visit includes world premieres with
Civic Symphony

Slovakian composer and music scholar Egon Krak.

GREEN BAY-Slovakian composer and music scholar Egon Krák will travel to Green Bay for the world premiere of two of his compositions with the Green Bay Civic Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8 in the Meyer Theatre, 117 S. Washington St.

The works are "Hymnus: Iam lucis orto sidere (Morning Hymn)" and "Hymnus: Te lucis anti terminum (Evening Hymn)" written for orchestra, children's choir and soprano. Performing the pieces with the Civic Symphony, conducted by Seong-Kyung Graham, will be the Green Bay Girl Choir and soprano Charlotte Corwin. Corwin is from Montreal, Canada, and has sung with the Opera of Montreal and other venues.

Krák will be in Green Bay under the auspices of the St. Norbert College-University of Wisconsin-Green Bay International Visiting Scholars Program founded in 2003. Krák was the first scholar to benefit from the program and made his first visit to Green Bay at the time the two institutions signed the agreement to participate in the joint venture. He wrote one of the two compositions on the March 8 program in gratitude to the two institutions and to the Civic Symphony.

Krák says the idea for the two hymns-one he'd had for a long time-was to symbolize the span of a human's life.

"I wrote "Morning Hymn" especially for the Green Bay Civic Symphony to be performed with dedication to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the Civic Symphony, and St. Norbert College," says Krák. He explains that an incomplete version of "Evening Hymn" was performed earlier in Bratislava, but the invitation to have his work performed in Green Bay inspired him to complete it.

Krák is well known as a composer, arranger, editor, producer and scholar, particularly in Eastern Europe. He is vice-dean of the Faculty of Music at the Academy of Music and Drama in Bratislava, founder and artistic director of a choral ensemble for Renaissance music, chairperson of the Union of Slovak Composers, member of the board of the Melos-Ethos Festival of Contemporary Music in Bratislava, and a member of the Slovak Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music.

The St. Norbert-UW-Green Bay Visiting Scholar Program was founded, with the collaboration of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, to provide financial support to enable highly qualified scholars from developing countries to spend time on both campuses and in the Green Bay community to mutual benefit of all. Since its inception it has been host to professionals from Peru, South Africa, Vietnam, China, and other countries.

In addition to the March 8 premiere of his compositions, Krák's activities during just over two weeks in Green Bay will include visiting music classes at St. Norbert College and UW-Green Bay, attending international education classes at St. Norbert and Ripon Colleges, and making a visit to Gilbraltar High School in Door County.

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