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Sept. 21 Dale Warland Singers concert ranges from madrigals to show tunes

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Dale Warland Singers, the Twin Cities institution that has become one of the world's leading choral ensembles, will present a concert ranging from madrigals to show tunes at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus. The event will open the 1997-98 Holiday Inn Viva Voce Series.

The a-cappella concert will include a set of modern madrigals, by composers including Ned Rorem and Norman Dello Joio; choral classics by composers ranging from Mozart to Charles Ives; tributes to Shakespeare by Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams and George Shearing; choral settings of folk music; and a tribute to cabaret singers, drawn from songs by Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin.

Warland's choir has been a popular part of Twin Cities culture for more than a quarter century, and Warland has followed the footsteps of Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner and Norman Luboff in developing American choral excellence that is respected world-wide. In 1990 the ensemble traveled to Stockholm and Helsinki to represent North America at the second World Symposium on Choral Music.

They have become especially well known for performance of great choral works and for expanding the repertoire by commissioning and performing many new works.

The choir has built a national and international following not only as a result of their appearances on tour and the world-wide circulation of more than 25 recordings, but also because of their many performances on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" radio program and Public Radio International's "Saint Paul Sunday." The Singers' annual Echoes of Christmas holiday broadcast reaches an estimated seven million listeners nationwide.

The critic of the Scranton Times wrote, "The chance to hear choral music sung this well is truly a rarity," and the Seattle Times critic concluded, simply, "I've never heard a better chorus." The Villager in the Twin Cities asserted that the Dale Warland Singers have "reached a standard of perfection rarely achieved in choral music."

Of the choir's latest recording, "Blue Wheat," a collection of American folk songs, the critic of the Seattle Times wrote, "The seamless blend and rich sound of what is probably America's best chorus is on display... " The Minneapolis Star Tribune also recommended the recording: "Warland's singers perform with their usual high discipline and carefully-sculpted tone."

The Dale Warland Singers have received the Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence and the Michael Korn Founders Award of Chorus America, and the choir has won the ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming three times.

Warland says that the key to his choir's quality is simple: "If you pay attention to every detail, if you never let anything slip by, your chorus will grow toward excellence."

Tickets for the Dale Warland Singers are $28, $25 and $21. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20 percent discount, and Zone 3 tickets are available to UI students for $10. Tickets for those 17 and younger are half price.

Tickets are also available at a 20-percent discount as part of the Viva Voce Series. Other events in the series are the Anonymous 4 performances Dec. 13-14 and Chanticleer on April 5.

The Holiday Inn of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor of Viva Voce through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.