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Kantorei, University Choir share UI choral concert Oct. 23

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two choral ensembles from the University of Iowa School of Music, Kantorei and the University Choir, will share billing for a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Kantorei, the UI's premiere vocal ensemble, will be conducted by William Hatcher, director of choral activities. University Choir, a mixed choral ensemble mostly of undergraduate students, will be conducted by David Shaler, a former member of the professional ensemble Chanticleer and a doctoral student in choral conducting.

Kantorei will present "A Celebration of 20th-Century Choral Music," with compositions by composers from seven countries and in four languages. Among the works featured will be the world premiere of "Ave Maria" by Brazilian composer Achille Picchi, featuring flutist Tadeu Coelho from the School of Music faculty.

Also part of the Kantorei program will be "Tota Pulchra" by N. Lincoln Hanks, a work that was submitted for inclusion in the Midwest Composers Symposium, a regional conference that will be held at the UI Nov. 6-7. Other composers on the program will be John Tavener, Harry Somers, Velio Tormis, Irving Fine, Antonio Estevez and Steven Sametz.

Student soloists performing with Kantorei will be undergraduate Jennifer Valle, soprano; and graduate students Maria Delgado, soprano, J. S. Endres, baritone, and Dirk Garner, tenor.

The 65-voice University Choir will present Joseph Haydn's "Mass in Time of War." Accompanying the choir will be a chamber orchestra of students from the School of Music. Vocal soloists will be undergraduate music students Maria Gimenez, Jacqueline Lang, Heidi Brown and Dong-oon Lee; and graduate students Dirk Garner and Martin Dicke.

Haydn's "Mass in Time of War" was composed in 1795, a time when Haydn had just finished his final symphonies and was about to begin his famous oratorio "The Creation." The Mass not only shares certain features of those works but draws on the style of Handel's oratorios, Italian opera, Viennese song, and Haydn's own cheerful and witty spirit. The lavish and fashionable musical style served to display the power of the noble Esterhazy family for whom it was written.

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 presently is chair of the ACDA Endowment Trust. Prior to coming to Iowa he taught at UCLA, the University of Washington and Pasadena City College.

In the fall of 1996 his UI Kantorei participated in an International Choral Competition in Tolosa, Spain. Prior to that honor, Kantorei was one of only five choirs chosen to participate in the 1994 World Choral Festival in Seoul, South Korea, where they presented concerts over an eight-day period. In 1990 Kantorei performed the Mozart "Requiem" with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and other orchestras in the former Soviet Union and also gave concerts in Russia, Estonia and Finland. Kantorei has also performed for regional and national conventions of the ACDA in 1992, 1993 and 1998.

Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. He has previously taught at the University of New Mexico and more recently has been visiting professor at the Ino Mirkovich music academy in Croatia. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the Americas. He has performed as first solo flutist with the Santa Fe Symphony, the Hofer Symphoniker in Germany and the Spoletto Festival Orchestra in Italy. In the summer of 1996 he was invited to play with the Boston Symphony under conductors Bernard Haitink, Robert Shaw and Robert Spano.

Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire with special interest in the music of Latin America. Several composers have written works for him, including Ronald Roseman, Ruth Schonthal, Joaquin Gutierrez Heras, Eduardo Gamboa, Amaral Vieira, Michael Weinstein and Steven Block. His CD recording of the music of Brazilian composers was released on Tempo Primo in 1995, and he also recorded works by Thomas Delio on 3D Classics. His new CD of 20th-century Mexican flute music will be released shortly.