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UI presentation to celebrate the art of speaking and singing

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A collaboration of efforts by people and machines will highlight an evening of vocal performances celebrating the science and art of speaking and singing at the University of Iowa.

"Vocal Extravaganza," will be Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Clapp Recital Hall. The music recital will be presented by Dr. Ingo Titze, professor of speech pathology and audiology and director of the National Center for Voice and Speech (NCVS). The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with hands-on, scientific exhibits about human voice and speech, followed by the recital at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Titze, an accomplished tenor, will be the featured soloist. Accompanying him will be Matthew Faerber, graduate student in the UI School of Music. Other performances will feature Voices of Soul choral group, graduate and post-graduate students studying various aspects of voice at the NCVS and Pavarobotti, a singing robot.

Named after the world-renowned Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, Pavarobotti is a product of Titze's research on basic speech production and perception. The robot simulates the human voice by means of digital technology. Pavarobotti's first appearance was in 1992, when Titze performed with the robot in a presentation combining science with vocal music.

The performance will educate and entertain the audience with musical selections aimed at demonstrating the art of voice and singing. Selections will include opera, folk, Broadway, gospel, and avant garde extended vocal technique.

The performance is sponsored by the NCVS, the UI department of speech pathology and audiology, and the UI School of Music.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please call (319) 335-6600.