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Release: March 16, 1999

Mezzo-soprano Eberle will perform commissioned works on recital March 26

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle will present a program of contemporary art songs, including two new works she has commissioned from composers at the University of Iowa School of Music, on a UI faculty recital at 8 p.m. Friday, March 26 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The performance will be free and open to the public.

Exceptionally for a voice recital, none of the pieces on Eberle's program are accompanied by piano. Most are works for voice and harp, with one including flute, and one of the new works calls for voice with flute and vibraphone.

The commissioned works on the program will be "Light Poem" for voice and harp by David Gompper, the director of the UI Center for New Music; and "Nanapizma" (Lullaby) for voice, flute and vibes by UI doctoral student Katarina Stamatelos.

Other works on the program will be four British folk songs, arranged for voice and harp by David Watkins; sets of songs for voice and harp by Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ravel and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; and two songs for voice, harp and flute by Spanish composer Juaquin Rodrigo.

Appearing with Eberle will be guest artist Pamela Weest-Carrasco, harp, as well as flutist Tadeu Coelho and percussionist Dan Moore. Eberle, Coelho and Moore are members of the School of Music faculty.

Eberle traces the origin of the program: "Two years ago I started looking for harp and voice material with the idea of some day making a CD of the repertoire. When I did not find a lot for mezzo and harp, I started commissioning pieces."

The concert will end with the two commissioned pieces. "I like the vocal parts of both pieces," Eberle said. "They are interesting, challenging and very different.

"Stamatelos' 'Lullaby' is poetry of Aristotelis Valaontis and is a story about a widow who is rocking her child to sleep. She talks of all she sees and feels at the time. I will sing the song in Greek -- that is the composer's native language, and she has coached me on the pronunciation."

Gompper's piece is a setting of poetry by Marvin Bell, who has taught for many years in the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Gompper and Bell have collaborated on several teaching projects, and Bell's poetry provided the text for Gompper's "Requiem for Bosnia," premiered last December by the University Symphony and choruses. Eberle described the "Light Poem" as "jazz setting that speaks about a lover trying to call their beloved on the phone and not reaching them, thus being reduced to writing a letter instead."

A native of Akron, Ohio, Eberle has performed internationally in opera, concert and solo recitals. The Atlanta Constitution wrote, "Katherine Eberle was a standout. More than any other performer, she showed what it takes for a solo performer to command the stage."

She has performed with the opera theater of Lille, France, the Academy of the West, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Aspen Festival Opera Theatre, the American Institute of Music Studies in Graz, Austria and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Her solo compact disc of songs of women composers, "From a Woman's Perspective," has been issued by Albany Records on the Vienna Modern Masters Label. She was also soloist on a CD of the Mozart "Requiem" released by the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Eberle made her New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1993. In 1994 and '95 she toured as a musical ambassador for the United States Information Agency, performing in South American and Korea. In 1998 she was elected President of the State Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, hosting the state convention.

She has won awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Bel Canto Foundation and the Ann Arbor Friends of Opera. During the academic year she is on the faculty of the UI School of Music, and for seven summers she taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. In 1997 Eberle did research on American opera in Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

Weest-Carrasco lives in Iowa City, where she teaches harp and performs frequently with the University Symphony and the UI Center for New Music, as well as the Quad City Symphony and the Southeast Iowa Symphony. Her diverse performing career ahs included free-lance appearances with Julio Iglesias, Lainie Kazan, Jack Jones, Toni Tenille and the Moody Blues. She has bachelors and masters degrees from Indiana University, where she studied with Peter Eagle. Before moving to Iowa City in 1990 she was a free-lance musician in the Washington, D.C., area, playing frequently with the Arlington Symphony and at Ford's Theatre.

Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. 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 Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy. Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire, with special interest in the music of Latin America. Many composers have written works specifically for him. 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.

An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic and multi-percussion, he is considered a "total percussionist." For the past 12 years he has toured as a member of the Britain/Moore Duo, whose CD "Cricket City" has been described by Pan-lime Magazine as "a brilliant collage of pan-marimba pieces." Earlier this year Moore released a CD recorded by the UI Recording Studios featuring arrangements of the Percussion Pops music of legendary percussionist Dick Schory.

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