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Release: Feb. 2, 2001
UI faculty performers will present an unfamiliar repertoire
for voice and organ Feb. 14
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Soprano Susan Sondrol Jones and
organist Delbert Disselhorst will perform a recital of songs by composers
known better for their organ works than their vocal compositions at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.
Their UI School of Music faculty recital will be free and open to the public.
Jones said she picked her program because performing
"with the glorious Casavant organ in its dramatic Clapp Recital Hall
setting presents an opportunity to bring to the audience a sample of a musical
genre not often showcased in the recital setting. Throughout history, music
for organ and solo voice has predominantly been associated with religious
worship. However, many composers have written interesting voice and organ
works that stand successfully as concert repertoire.
"Though the texts are primarily songs of praise
and prayer, in a very real sense these songs represent an interesting and
little explored body of solo vocal repertoire. The late 19th and the 20th
centuries are particularly rich sources for this repertoire. The listeners
ear will enjoy a spectrum of styles, ranging from traditional harmonic works
with lovely melodies to angular, very
"As you will see, the works chosen for this program
are those of composers well-known for organ composition, but hardly for solo
vocal works. The program also includes some surprises from composers more
often associated with opera or art song.
The Feb. 14 recital will open with a setting of Psalm
150 by Gerhard Krapf, who taught organ at the UI School of Music 1962-77.
Krapf came to the UI in 1962 to found the organ department. During his tenure
at the UI he built the department and oversaw the installation of the first
organs at the UI School of Music. In recognition of his efforts, an organ
performance hall in the Voxman Music Building has been named the Krapf Organ
Krapf left the UI in 1977 to start another organ department,
at the University of Alberta (Canada) in Edmonton. He received the University
of Albertas J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research in 1984,
and retired from the university in 1987.
Other composers on the concert will be Johann Nepomuk
David, Joseph Haas, Gabriel Faure, Lili Boulanger, Giacomo Puccini and Daniel
An alumna of the UI School of Music, Jones is an adjunct
professor of voice and coordinator of the voice, opera and choral areas. She
has had an extremely diverse professional career, having appeared in opera
and oratorio throughout the Midwest, been a member of the renowned Dale Warland
Singers and the Bach Society of Minnesota, and sung solo recitals with a variety
of instrumental combinations.
Opera roles include Corisande in the Baroque opera
"Amadis" by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Euridice in Offenbachs fanciful
operetta "Orpheus in the Underworld," roles in contemporary operas
by Hans Werner Henze and Giancarlo Menotti, and traditional operatic characters
including all three major female roles in Mozarts "Marriage of
Figaro": the Countess, Susanna and Cherubino.
A great deal of her career has focused on the teaching
of singing, beginning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music
Clinic and extending to faculty appointments at UW Parkside and the MacPhail
Center for the Arts at the University of Minnesota. At the MacPhail Center
she served as chair of the voice department and initiated a series of Artist
Master Classes that has served as the model for similar programs throughout
the country. She has served two terms as North Central Governor and four years
as Minnesota State Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Jones has held several administrative positions, including
general manager of the Minneapolis Chamber Symphony and Executive Director
of the Minnesota Chorale.
Disselhorst has been a member of the UI School of
Music faculty since 1970. He holds both bachelors and masters degrees in music
from the University of Illinois, where he graduated as a Bronze Tablet Scholar.
As a recipient of a Fulbright grant in organ, he also studied at the Staatliche
Hochschule fuer Musik in Frankfurt, Germany. He earned the Doctor of Musical
Arts degree from the University of Michigan.
As a concert artist, Disselhorst has performed in
the United States, Canada and Europe. He has appeared as a recitalist for
several regional conventions and for the National Convention of the American
Guild of Organists in Houston, Texas, in 1989. He has recorded the Organ Books
of Ned Rorem and "Prophesies" by Daniel Pinkham on the Arkay Label.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing
Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.
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