CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Sept. 21 Dale Warland Singers concert ranges from madrigals to show
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
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
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.