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Release: March 16, 1999
Mezzo-soprano Eberle will perform commissioned works on recital March
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
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
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
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