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Release: Oct. 12, 2001

UI Kantorei Presents Program Of German Songs, Motets Oct. 26

Kantorei, the premier vocal ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a program of songs and motets in German, from the Renaissance to the 19th century, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert, under the direction of Timothy Stalter, will be free and open to the public.

The program will explore a wide variety of approaches to the settings of texts in German, from Austrian folk songs to the sacred works of J.S. Bach -- with a whimsical epilogue to round off the concert. The more serious works on the program will be presented in five parts, each representing a specific historical period and musical style:

-- Part I, Renaissance German Lied: songs by Han Leo Hassler and Ludwig Senfl;

-- Part II, Baroque German Motet: "Komm, Jesu komm" by J.S. Bach;

-- Part III, Romantic Austrian Part Songs for Male Chorus: "Nachthelle" and "Staendchen" by Franz Schubert;

-- Part IV, Romantic German Songs for Mixed Chorus and Piano: Four Nocturnes by Heinrich von Herzogenberg, edited and accompanied by Richard J. Bloesch; and

-- Part V, Romantic German Songs for Mixed Chorus and Solo Voices: "Spanisches Liederspiel" (Spanish songs), op. 74, by Robert Schumann.

The concert will conclude with Part VI, a playful adaptation of one of the greatest and most loved art songs of all time, "Trout as you like it (variations on 'Die Forelle' of Franz Schubert)" by Franz Schoeggl. "The Trout," about a fisherman and the elusive fish that he tries to catch, is one of Schubert's most delightfully tuneful songs. Schoeggl's adaptation includes pieces in the style of other classical composers, including "Mozart: A Little night Trout," "Beethoven: In Honor of the Trout," "Weber: Der Freifisch" and "Wagner: Anglers' Chorus."

Kantorei is a touring ensemble of approximately 30 singers, most of whom are graduate students. Kantorei presents four or five concerts on campus each year, tours to off-campus performances and participates in major choral works with the University Symphony. Past tours have been international, including performances in Russia, Korea and Spain.

Stalter joined the UI faculty as director of choral activities in 1999. He directs Kantorei, teaches graduate conducting courses, and administers the graduate program in choral conducting. He has research interests in teaching conducting to undergraduate and graduate students and historical music performance practices. 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 Classical Music Seminar and Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. He has recorded as tenor soloist with conductor Robert Shaw on two compact discs released on the Telarc label.

Prior to coming to the UI, Stalter was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Goshen College in Indiana. He received a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied with renowned choral conductor Robert Fountain, and a masters from the University of Illinois, where he studied with Don Moses, who was UI director of choral activities in the 1980s.

A member of the UI faculty, Bloesch received his doctorate in choral conducting and choral literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He teaches the history of choral literature in the UI School of Music, conducts the Camerata Singers and advises doctoral students. He is CD review editor for the Choral Journal, and he held the national chair of the Repertoire and Standards Committee for Colleges and Universities in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He is co-author of an annotated bibliography of 20th-century choral music that was published by the ACDA.

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

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