Philharmonic Chorus of Madison Day

The State of Wisconsin

Office of the Governor

Philharmonic Chorus of Madison Day

Sixty years ago, a number of talented individuals who love to sing gathered together and under the leadership of Dr. Kunrad Kvam, they became known as th ePhilharmonic Chorus of Madison. From the performance of the Randall Thompson "Alleluia" at their first concert in 1947 to the world premiere of Andrew Rindfleisch's "Veni Sancte Spiritus," commissioned for its anniversary this spring, the chorus has proven itself to be an outstanding a cappella ensemble. Among chorus favorites over the years is the Steven Sametz composition, "I Have Had Singing." The Philharmonic Chorus of Madison has had singing, much to the enjoyment and enrichment of all in greater Madison and beyond.

Since 1972, the chorus has performed the popular Tudor Holiday Dinner Concerts at the Wisconsin Memorial Union. Longtime patrons and new guests alike agree there is no better way to start the holiday season. Many travel great distances, and much as they enjoy the wassail, tender beef loin and flaming figgye pudding, they delight in the must most of all. The evening of merriment and caroling alway sends with an exceptional concert performance. Before departing all join in singing Mozart's "Dona Nobis Pacem," a prayer for peace throughout the year.

For 12 years, Dr. Patrick Gorman has been the Philharmonic Chorus director. Under his leadership the group made its first trip abroad in 2002, sharing its gift of music throughout the British Isles, just as it does with us back home in Madison in a series of free public concerts every spring. Besides the gift of music, the chorus awards scholarships each spring to high school students, allowing them to attend the University of Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic and explore the world of music. In this way, the chorus helps ensure that we will know the joy of music for generations to come.

And so as Governor of the State of Wisconsin, I congratulate the Philharmonic Chorus of Madison and its Director, Dr. Patrick Gorman, on the 10th anniversary of the chorus and do hereby proclaim this day, Sunday, April 29th, 2007, in honor of the Philharmonic Chorus of Madison.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Executive Privy Seal of the State of Wisconsin to be affixed. Done at the Capitol in the City of Madison this twenty sixth day of April in the year two thousand seven

Jim Doyle