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Camerata Singers will present annual spring concert at Zion Lutheran
Church May 10
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Camerata Singers from the University of Iowa
School of Music will present their annual spring concert at 8 p.m. Sunday,
May 10 in Zion Lutheran Church, 310 N. Johnson St. in Iowa City.
Camerata is directed by Richard Bloesch from the UI School of Music
faculty. Most of the May 10 concert will be conducted by choral conducting
graduate student Eric Holtan with Bloesch conducting one piece. The concert
will be free and open to the public.
The concert will open with the "Gloria" portion of Antonin
Dvorak's Mass in D major. Camerata will perform the infrequently heard
original version of the Mass, scored for chorus, soloists and organ. Soloists
from Camerata will be soprano Marie von Behren, alto Melanie Jacobson,
tenor John Des Marais and bass J.S. Endres. The important organ part will
be performed by UI doctoral student Adrienne Cox, who is also associate
organist at Zion.
A chamber choir made up of members of Camerata together with singers
from Kantorei -- another choral ensemble from the UI School of Music --
will perform the poignant a-cappella final movement of 16th-century composer
Leonard Lechner's setting of the passion story from the Bible.
The piece conducted by Bloesch will be the "Stabat Mater"
of 19th-century German composer Josef Rheinberger. Camerata will be accompanied
by organ and a string ensemble for this piece, composed in 1884 in fulfillment
of a vow. The composer promised to write a "Stabat Mater" if
an open sore on his hand, from which he had suffered for 10 years, would
improve. It did, and Rheinberger wrote the piece soon after.
Handel's anthem "Let Thy Hand be Strengthened," written for
the 1727 coronation of George II as King of England, will also be performed
with a string ensemble. Two shorter works, a setting of Psalm 150 by Brazilian
composer Ernani Aguiar and an arrangement of the African-American spiritual
"Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal," will be performed without accompaniment.
The concert will conclude with "O, Clap Your Hands" by English
composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Organ and a brass ensemble will accompany
this setting of Psalm 47, a text for Ascension that includes the text "God
is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet."
One of the official choral ensembles at the UI School of Music, Camerata
is made up of both UI students and community members. The group includes
approximately 60 singers.
Holtan is currently completing a master's degree at the UI after four
years of high school teaching in Minnesota. He will enroll in the doctoral
choral conducting program at the UI next fall.
Bloesch teaches the history of choral literature in the UI School of
Music, conducts the Camerata Singers and advises doctoral students. He
is CD review editor for the Choral Journal and the co-author of an annotated
bibliography of 20th-century choral music that was recently published by
the American Choral Directors Association.