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IPTV BROADCASTS UI ORCHESTRA CONCERT APRIL 29 -- The March 12 concert by the University of Iowa Symphony -- retiring director James Dixon's last concert with the orchestra -- will be broadcast throughout Iowa on Iowa Public Television at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 29.

Dixon, who is Philip Greeley Clapp/Carver Distinguished Professor of Music at the UI School of Music, will retire at the end of the current academic year. He has been associated with the UI School of Music for nearly 50 years, first as a student and then from 1954-59 and from 1962 to the present as conductor of the University Symphony. He also served as music director and conductor of the Quad City Symphony in Davenport from 1965 until his retirement from that post in 1994.

The concert program consists of a single work by a composer that Dixon has promoted throughout his career: the Symphony No. 6 of Gustav Mahler. Current and former faculty of the UI School of Music joined the orchestra for the performance, as a tribute to Dixon's career as musician and music educator.

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WOMEN'S CHORALE CONCERT MAY 3 -- The Women's Chorale from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The Women's Chorale is directed by Melanie Jacobson, a graduate assistant and doctoral candidate in the UI School of Music. Accompanists for the concert will be UI music students Matthew Faerber, piano, and Melissa Moll, organ.

Works on the diverse program will include the "Missa Brevis" (Short mass) in D major of Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc's "Litanies de la Vierge Noire" (Litanies of the Black Madonna). The chorale will also perform madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi, Scottish folk songs arranged by Beethoven and Igor Stravinsky's "Russian Peasant Songs."

In addition to her graduate work at the UI, Jacobson serves on the faculty of the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., where she is associate conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir. In that position she collaborates in the preparation of choral-orchestral works for the major symphony orchestras in the area.

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UNIVERSITY CHOIR CONCERT MAY 7 -- The University Choir from the University of Iowa School of Music will present its spring concert at 8 p.m, Wednesday, May 7, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

William Hatcher, director of choral activities at the UI School of Music, will share conducting duties with Leigh Seth Korn, a graduate conducting student. Pianist Matthew Faerber and members of the UI Percussion Ensemble will also appear in the concert, which will be free and open to the public.

Hatcher will conduct the first half of the concert. Included on his program will be "Io Son La Primavera," a welcome to spring by William Hawley, and Two Songs for the Summer for chorus and percussion by Ron Nelson. The program will also feature the Midwest premiere of "God Be With Us" for chorus, piano, timpani and percussion by Minneapolis composer Stephen Paulus.

After intermission, Korn will conduct the choir in partial fulfillment of a master's degree in choral conducting. His program will include a setting of Psalm 150 by Louis Lewandowski and an "Amen" setting by 20th-century Latin American composer Gerardo Dirie. The choir will also perform William Schuman's "Carols of Death," an a cappella setting of poetry on the subject of death by Walt Whitman.

"Thee Songs of Early Canada," arrangements of Canadian folk songs by Donald Patriquin, will also be performed. These three songs represent three separate populations that lived in early Canada: the Mohawk Indians, the French Canadians in Quebec, and the melting pot of British Columbia.

Hatcher has served as director of choral activities at the UI School of Music since 1988. He directs the graduate choral conducting program, conducts choral ensembles in the School of Music and frequently appears as music director of productions by the UI Opera Theater.

He was national president of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) 1991-93 and was chair of the 1991 ACDA national convention. Prior to coming to Iowa he taught at UCLA, the University of Washington and Pasadena City College.

In addition to serving as assistant conductor of the University Choir, Korn has sung with Kantorei, the premiere vocal ensemble of the UI School of Music, and the Collegium Musicum, the early-music performance ensemble of the school. He also plays bassoon with the University Symphony and the student woodwind quintet "Les Cinq" (The five).

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OLD GOLD SINGERS GO CLASSICAL MAY 10 -- The Old Gold Singers, the University of Iowa School of Music swing choir, will present a concert of classical choral music at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

The Old Gold Singers are directed by Bret Peppo, a graduate assistant in the School of Music and a graduate student in choral conducting.

Works on the program will come from the Renaissance, Classic and Romantic periods, as well as the 20th century.

The opening work will be the Missa Brevis (Short mass) in D major, K. 192, of Mozart, featuring student soloists Emily Truckenbrod, soprano; David Schaler, alto; Gerald Gray, tenor; and Drew Poling, bass.

Other works on the program will include settings of the sacred text "Ave Maris Stella" by Franz Liszt and contemporary Basque composer Javier Busto, and two movements from the "Gospel Mass" of Robert Ray.

The Old Gold singers are a select musical group whose members are chosen by audition. Each year they perform three major events on campus, "Swing Into Spring," "Cocoa and Carols" and "Fall Festival" concerts, as well as a free concert of classical choral music at the end of the spring semester. The group also travels throughout Iowa, performing for schools and community groups. Most recently, they toured to New Orleans during the UI spring break. Past tours outside the state have taken them to New York, Washington, D.C., and the Bahamas.

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COLLABORATIVE DANCE CONCERT MAY 10 -- The University of Iowa dance department will present a collaborative choreographic concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the SpacePlace theater of North Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, titled "Five," will feature five collaborative pieces by students from a cross-section of the arts. Participants include visual artists, musicians, videographers, set designers, playwrights and actors as well as dancers and choreographers. The performance pieces will use text, video, art, music and dance inspired by themes from short stories by Ernest Hemingway.

Dance faculty member David Berkey is concert director.

The pieces will be "Beating the Bounds," "Lie to Me," "A Prayer for the Living and Dying," "Broad Mountain" and "A Clean Well Lighted Place."

Tickets for the performance will be $5 general admission, $4 for students, and will be available at the door.

For more information about this concert, contact Berkey at the UI dance department, (319) 335-2228.