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Release: March 24, 2003

Tallis Scholars Explore Flemish Renaissance In April 11 Hancher Concert

The Tallis Scholars, the international superstars of Renaissance vocal music, will explore the Flemish school of Renaissance composers in a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11 in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

The Tallis Scholars' visit to Iowa will also include two events that are free and open to the public:
-- a master class with the Iowa City High Chamber Choir at 1 p.m.. Thursday, April 10, in Hancher, broadcast to classrooms throughout the state live on the Iowa Communications Network; and
-- an appearance on "Know the Score," broadcast live from the UI Museum of Art at 5 p.m. April 11 on UI radio station KSUI, FM 91.7.

No tickets are required for either of the April 11 events, and admission to the Museum of Art is also free. Listen to the KSUI broadcast on the internet at

The April 12 Hancher concert will feature compositions by Josquin, Crecquillon, Lassus, Gallus, Manchicourt and Gombert.

Tallis Scholars founder and director Peter Phillips wrote, "This program explores some of the rarer repertoire of the Flemish Renaissance school of composers, featuring composers I have long wanted to promote. Perhaps the names of Lassus and Josquin are well known; in my experience Crecquillon and Gombert should be just as celebrated.

"The Missa Domine Deus Omnipotens by Crecquillon, for example, will be receiving its first performance in the United States on this tour. Scored for six voices throughout, it shows a composer who knew how to build the most splendid architectural structures from his polyphony. Nothing is rushed; everything is spacious.

"The other monumental piece in this line-up is Gombert's eight-voice Creed, a tour-de-force of contrapuntal ingenuity."

Britain's Tallis Scholars (named for Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis) have won their international repute by combining musicological scholarship with impeccable intonation, sensuous ensemble and loving attention to detail. They are the only early music group ever to win Gramophone magazine's prestigious "Record of the Year" award.

The critic of London's Advertiser wrote, ""They are able to sustain quality of tone to an extraordinary degree of finesse, demonstrating phenomenal breath control and concentration. The consistency of this perfection is dazzling. Each entrance, each ending, is uniformly impressive."

Classical London's critic wrote, "The sound produced by the Tallis Scholars is beautiful and captivating, and the intonation impeccable." And a review in the Boston Globe concluded, "To hear them perform is one of the great live music experiences of our time."

The concert of the Tallis Scholars is supported by Kevin and Patricia Hanick, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $33, $31 and $28 ($26.40 and $10 for UI students; $26.40, $24.80 and $22.40 for senior citizens; and half price for audience members 17 and younger).

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: .

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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