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Release: Oct. 19, 2001
UI Camerata Singers will present major work by Swedish composer Otto Olsson
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Camerata Singers from the University of Iowa School
of Music will present one of the major works by little-known Swedish composer
Otto Olsson as part of a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 in Clapp Recital
Hall on the UI campus.
Richard Bloesch will conduct the concert, which will also feature tenor
soloist Timothy Stalter. Bloesch and Stalter are members of the UI School
of Music faculty.
A mixed choral ensemble of about 60 voices, Camerata includes both UI students
and members of the local community. The group and its conductor are known
for performances that bring to light unfamiliar choral works of significant
interest and value.
On Nov. 2, this tradition of Camerata will be represented by a performance
of Olsson's "Te Deum" for chorus, strings, harp and organ.
One of the great organ virtuosos of the early 20th century, Olsson studied
organ and music theory at the Stockholm Conservatory, graduating in 1899.
He subsequently taught organ and harmony at the conservatory, where he influenced
several generations of Swedish church musicians. Her served as organist at
the Gustav Vasa Church in Stockholm and worked to revive church music in Sweden
after a long period of decline. He drew up the specifications and supervised
the building of more than 60 organs all over the country. He was especially
known for his performances of French organ music, which also influenced his
Composed in 1906, the "Te Deum" is his largest and -- at least
in Sweden, where it was performed more than 100 times in Olsson's lifetime
-- his best known work.
The first half of the program will consist of two groups of pieces. The
first group contains three pieces by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams:
"Ca' the Yowes," a Scottish folk-song arranged for chorus and tenor
solo; "Orpheus With His Lute" for a-cappella chorus; and the wedding
chorus "See the Chariot at Hand" from Vaughan Williams' cantata
"In Windsor Forest," with a text by Ben Jonson. The third piece,
adapted from Vaughan Williams's opera "Sir John in Love," was originally
scored for orchestra and chorus and will be accompanied on piano by graduate
student Joshua Russel.
The second group will comprise four spirituals: "My Lord, What a Mornin',"
arranged by Harry T. Burleigh; "I am His Child" by Moses Hogan;
"Li'l David, Play on Yo' Harp," arranged by Charles S. Brown; and
"Precious Lord," arranged by Arnold Sevier.
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.
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. He is also active as a tenor soloist in the United States and
A specialist in the music of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods,
Stalter 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
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.
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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