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Jan. 23, 2003: This event has been cancelled due to illness.

Release: Jan. 10, 2003

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Soprano Rachel Joselson will lead off her Jan. 25 University of Iowa faculty recital with some rarely heard songs for voice, clarinet and piano, performed together with clarinetist Maurita Murphy Mead and pianist Rose Chancler. Their recital, at 8 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall, will be free and open to the public.

The program will be presented in three parts: the “Six German Songs” for voice, clarinet and piano by the early-Romantic composer Louis Spohr; “La Caverne D’echo” (Echo’s cave) for voice and piano by Jacques Leguerney, a once forgotten French composer whose life spanned most of the 20th century; and “Twelve Poems Of Emily Dickinson” for voice and piano by American Aaron Copland.

“I've wanted to collaborate with Maurita again since my first year at the UI, when we performed Schubert’s ‘Shepherd on the Rock’ together,” Joselson said. “The Spohr pieces are uncomplicated but beautiful songs. I’ve coached several of them with my students, but never had the opportunity to perform. I know Maurita is very fond of them and we are both looking forward to another collaboration.”

Born in 1906, Leguerney began composing songs in the 1930s. Although he worked with several very prominent French classical singers, he remained almost unknown and stopped composing in the 1960s. He was “rediscovered” in the 1970s by American vocal coach Mary Dibbern, who worked personally with the composer until his death in 1997.

Joselson recently had the opportunity to study and perform Leguerney’s songs with the person who knows them best. “I coached the Leguerney songs this past summer in Paris with Mary Dibbern, with the support of an Old Gold grant,” she said. “I performed them in Paris and as far as I know, this will be their Iowa debut.”

Copland’s “Twelve Poems Of Emily Dickinson” are often performed out of context, as separate songs, but the composer clearly intended for them to be performed as a complete set .Joselson was attracted to them by the texts. “I find the haunting poetry by Emily Dickinson to be very moving,” she said. “Copland's settings are magnificent, and I have wanted to study and perform them.”

Before joining the School of Music faculty in the fall of 1997, Joselson spent 13 years in Europe performing in opera and concert with theaters and orchestras in Darmstadt, Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn, Basel, Barcelona, Bilbao, Braunschweig, Brussels, Kiel, St. Gallen, Trier, and other cities in Germany, Switzerland and Spain. In this country she has appeared in Atlanta, Indianapolis, Madison, Johnson City, Tenn., and New Brunswick, N.J.

In the 1995-96 season she had her first engagement at the Metropolitan Opera, and was engaged by London’s Covent Garden for their 1992 Japan tour with Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”

She has performed many of the major soprano roles in the repertoire, including Leonore in Beethoven’s “Fidelio”; Mimi in Puccini’s “La Boheme,” Micaela in Bizet’s “Carmen,” Melisande in Debussy’s “Pelleas et Melisande,” Donna Elvira in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Tosca, Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlo, and Eva in Wagner’s “Meistersingers of Nuremberg.” She is currently recording a CD of the songs of Swiss composer Arthur Honegger. Most recently she performed a recital of song and arias at the Chicago Cultural Center, debuted “Madame Butterfly” with Chicago's American Opera Group, and sang the title role in Smetana’s “Bartered Bride” with Cedar Rapids Opera Theater.

Chancler has performed throughout the United States as both a soloist and a collaborative artist. She has played concertos and recitals in Alaska, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Oklahoma and Massachusetts. She has played chamber music performances with notable artists, including Paul Rosenthal, Jeffrey Solow and Harvey Pittel. She has been an invited guest artist and teacher at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and at Magisterra!, the first UI International Chamber Music Festival and Academy in May, 2000.

She has held teaching positions at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and the Baylor University School of Music, and she has been faculty accompanist at the Chautauqua Institution. She holds a bachelor's degree in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and masters and doctoral degrees in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School in Rochester, NY. At Eastman her teacher was Rebecca Penneys, who was guest of the UI Piano Festival in 1999.

Mead is in her 19th year teaching clarinet on the faculty of the UI School of Music, where she is also associate director for graduate studies. She has been principal clarinet of several Midwestern orchestras, including the Cedar Rapids Symphony. As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Cleveland Quartet and other ensembles.

She is secretary of the International Clarinet Association. She has appeared by invitation as featured soloist at the 1997 and ‘98 ICA conventions, at ClarFest 99 in Belgium and ClarFest 2000. Most recently she was a featured guest artist at the National Clarinet Symposium of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro and has toured throughout Brazil as a soloist and teacher.

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