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Release:August 30, 2002
WOMEN COMPOSERS WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF SEPT. 14 LECTURE-RECITAL
Mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle will present a lecture recital, Women
Composers: Its Time We Took Notice, at 8 p.m. on Sept. 14 in Clapp
Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.
Eberle will be assiste d by pianist Shari Rhoads. Their performance will
be free and open to the public.
The program for the recital will feature songs of 13 women composers interspersed
with brief discussions of the historical significance of each. The program
includes works by Judith Lang Zaimont, Hildegard of Bingen, Barbara Strozzi,
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Clara Schumann, Alma Mahler, Lili Boulanger, Rebecca
Clark, Pauline Viardot and others.
Eberle commented, I hope to introduce to the audience songs composed
by women that have only recently been published or reprinted after languishing
in obscurity for some time. They cover the gamut from humorous to very serious
subjects and encompass a variety of musical styles.
These women who wrote the songs were driven to compose, sometimes against
great odds, and I consider it my personal quest to bring greater notice to
Eberle will perform the same program Sept. 28 at Kent State University, Sept.
29 at the University of Akron, and Oct. 4 at Cornell College. She also has
presented the program for a festival of women composers last March at the
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
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
in Salzburg. Her operatic roles include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel,
Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring, Dame Quickly in Falstaff
and the Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Eberle made her New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in
1994. In 1994 and 95 she toured as a musical ambassador for the United
States Information Agency, performing in South America and Korea. She has
given more than 50 solo recitals in 18 states and several foreign countries.
Her solo compact disc of songs of women composers, From a Womans
Perspective, has been issued by Albany Records on the Vienna Modern
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. Since 1990 she has given 17 college-level master classes
in ten states as well as in Argentina, Korea, Peru, and most recently Brazil.
In 2002 she appeared as a guest lecturer at the Summer Vocology Institute
at the National Center for Voice and Speech and the Denver Center for the
Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty in the fall of 2000. She earned
her degree in accompanying and has completed post-graduate studies in opera
coaching/conducting at the University of Southern California. Before arriving
at the UI she taught music history at the Musikhochschule (Music conservatory)
in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. Rhoads has also
been Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater and conductor/coach at the opera
theater in Darmstadt, Germany. She was coach at the Barcelona and Madrid opera
Her accompanying credentials include recitals with Jose Carreras, Luis Lima
and Montserrat Caballe with whom she worked exclusively as coach/accompanist
and orchestrator. She has accompanied master classes with a number of renowned
artists including singer Gerard Souzay, cellist Lynn Harrell and violist William
Primrose, and served as staff accompanist for the Francesco Vinas (Barcelona,
Spain) and Munich International competitions.
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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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