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Release: April 20, 2001

University Choir will perform at Clapp Recital Hall May 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University Choir from the University of Iowa School of Music will perform a concert conducted by Timothy Stalter at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 5 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

Among the diverse selection of compositions the choir will perform during the three-part concert are Michael Hennagin’s "Walking on the Green Grass," Stephen Chatman’s "There Is Sweet Music Here," Irving Fine’s "The Lobster Quadrille" and Stephen Foster’s "De Camptown Races."

"This program is all about nature," Stalter said. "The first section contains pieces that have texts around the theme of natural beauty and its connection to our emotions and feelings. The second set continues this theme with student soloists singing pieces about nature. The third set is again with choir and is centered around animals -- sea animals, birds, dogs, a wolf, cats and horses. The concert is intended to be a celebration of nature and its many manifestations."

Oboist Mark Weiger, a faculty member of the School of Music, will be featured in "There is Sweet Music Here."

Since coming to Iowa in 1988 Weiger has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, Austria, France and Italy; presented two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York; been a finalist in nine international competitions; won First Prize in the Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition (NY); performed double concertos with the Chicago Symphony’s former principal oboist, Ray Still; and presented solo recitals with many other notable oboists.

Weiger is a founding member of the double reed quartet WiZARDS!, which has released three CDs to critical acclaim, toured 18 states and presented educational residence programs throughout the West and Midwest. As the first oboist to serve as an Artistic Ambassador through the U.S. Information Agency, Weiger performed recitals in Nepal, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan and Sri Lanka.

Stalter joined the UI faculty as director of choral activities in 1999. He directs Kantorei, the premier choral ensemble of the School of Music, teaches graduate conducting courses and administers the graduate program in choral conducting. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, he frequently presents clinics and workshops in choral conducting around the United States.

In addition to conducting and teaching choral music, Stalter is active as a tenor soloist in the United States and abroad. A specialist in the music of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, he is known for his performances as the Evangelist in the Passions of J.S. Bach and Heinrich Schuetz.

He has appeared as tenor soloist with the Newfoundland Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France, the Robert Shaw Chamber Choir in Atlanta, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and the Classical Music Seminar and Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. He has recorded as tenor soloist with conductor Robert Shaw on two compact discs released on the Telarc label.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.

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