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Release: April 27, 1999


CAMERATA SINGERS MAY 8 -- The Camerata Singers from the University of Iowa School of Music will present their spring concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The performance, under the direction of music doctoral student Kelly Bjugan, will be free and open to the public. Accompaniment on piano and harpsichord will be played by choral conducting graduate student Koi Hin Samuel Kwok. Graduate student Adrienne Cox will play organ accompaniment for one piece.

Camerata is a 54-voice mixed chorus of undergraduates, graduate students and members of the local community. The group presents a concert on campus each semester and participates in choral-orchestral concerts with the University Symphony.

The "Missa brevis" in B-flat of W.A. Mozart will comprise the first half of the program May 8. Four current and former UI students will be featured soloists for this piece: soprano Marie Von Behren, a former music student; alto Megan Franzen, an undergraduate voice student; tenor Dirk Garner, a graduate student in choral conducting; and bass Andrew Clinton, a graduate student in the English department. The performance will be accompanied by strings and harpsichord.

The second half of the concert will open with the celebratory fanfare "Ecce sacerdos" for chorus, trombones and organ by Anton Bruckner. Other works on the program are a set of songs for Tolstoy's "Czar Feodor Ioannovich" by Russian composer Georgy Sviridov, featuring undergraduate students Darlene Enke, soprano, and Carol Dusdieker, alto; the Wedding Cantata by American composer Daniel Pinkham; and the "Knock Knock" Cantata of P.D.Q. Bach, the humorous alter ego of Peter Schickele.

Bjugan is a native of Minnesota and a graduate of Luther College in Decorah. After teaching high school vocal music in Colorado, she received a master’s degree in vocal performance from Colorado State University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in choral conducting at the UI.

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CHOREOGRAPHIC DESIGN CONCERT MAY 8-9 -- The University of Iowa department of dance will present: "Red Blue Yellow: an intersection," a collaborative project by UI students in dance, theater, music and the visual arts at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 8 and 9 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

Three sections, each derived from one of the primary colors, were created by teams of artists, in association with the Advanced Choreographic Design class taught by Armando Duarte. The class gives students the opportunity to collaborate on performance productions with artists in a variety of disciplines.

The "Red" section was created by choreographer Arleen Sugano, composer J.J. Hudson and intermedia artist Jen Weitz.

"The dancing ensemble will consist of six women," Sugano explains. "As a group and individually they will create moving sculpture on stage, promoting the basic premise of heat. As the piece builds musically, the choreography will become more quick in tempo, like a spark developing into a blaze."

The "Blue" team -- choreographer: Shouze Ma, composer Edgar Crokett and intermedia artist Alan Murdock -- was inspired by Picasso's blue-period painting 'The Guitar Player." "We are presenting the idea of a fragmented self as well as abstracting the idea of a human being," Murdock says.

The "Yellow" section, created by choreographer Sara Semonis, composer Oak Vatchara Vichaikul and sculptor Jolynne Roorda, uses text, song, dance and visuals to create a comic portrait of a domestic engineer's daily life.

Director Mary Ellen O'Hara has coordinated the three projects and worked with intermedia artist Nathan Peck, who designed a computerized visual projection to link the three sections.

Interested audience members will be invited to remain after the performances for discussions with the artists.

Admission will be $5 $(4 for UI students and free for children 12 and younger) at the door. Because of the nature of the work, late seating will not be possible.