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Release: Sept. 27, 2002
BARITONE JOHN MURIELLO PRESENTS SOME OF HIS FAVORITE SONGS OCT. 9
Baritone John Muriello will sing some of his favorite songs on a University
of Iowa faculty recital with pianist Shari Rhoads at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.
9 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Their performance will be free and open to the public.
I didnt choose what you might call an academic program, arranged
around a theme or subject, Muriello said. To tell the truth, I
didnt put a lot of thought into selecting the pieces, except that theyre
all songs that I just love to sing.
For example, Im singing five songs by (Austrian composer) Hugo
Wolf. Theyre all serious, very intense songs, but I didnt pick
them for that reason. I picked them because I love them.
You might say that this program is there for purely entertainment purposes,
and I hope that the audience will enjoy it as much as I do.
In addition to the five songs by Wolf, Muriello will sing a group of four
songs by French composer Gabriel Faure. The rest of the program is made up
of individual songs by an eclectic selection of composers from the Western
hemisphere: South Americans Heitor Villa-Lobos from Brazil, Carlos Guastavino
from Argentina and Ernesto Braga from Brazil; and North Americans Charles
Ives, Virgil Thomson, Richard Pearson Thomas, Stephen Sondheim and Chris DeBlasio.
A singer whose work ranges from opera and operetta to concert and musical
theater, Muriello has become one of Iowa City s most popular performers
since he joined the UI School of Music faculty in the fall of 1997. He appeared
in the title role of the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater production of Tartuffe
in 2001, and the Riverside theatres production of Sweet and Hot.
In the fall of 1998 he made his directing debut with the UI School of Music
production of the musical comedy The Fantasticks, and he directed
the School of Music production of She Loves Me in 1999.
Muriello has performed operatic and musical theater roles with Opera Carolina,
the Banff Centre in Canada, LOpera Francais of New York, Skylight Opera
Theater, Ohio Light Opera and the Southeastern Savoyards of Atlanta. He performed
as the Narrator and Mysterious Man in Sondheims Into the Woods
and Marcello in La Boheme for Lyric Opera Cleveland. Other roles
have ranged from Guglielmo in Mozarts Cosi fan tutte to
Voltaire in Bernsteins Candide.
He has also performed in concert and recital throughout the Midwest and the
Southeast, singing in performances of Vaughan Williams Five Mystical
Songs and Hodie, the Brahms Requiem and the
Bach Mass in B minor.
He was a winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in North Carolina, in
the Washington International Competition and the Louise D. McMahon International
Song Competition in Oklahoma, and toured two seasons with the Mantovani Orchestra.
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.
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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