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Oct. 10, 2003

UI Kantorei Performs Oct. 24

Kantorei, the top vocal ensemble at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present its first full concert of the 2003-04 program year at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 in Clapp Recital Hall.

The concert, under the direction of Timothy Stalter, UI director of choral activities, will be free and open to the public.

The program will be divided into three sets. The first will comprise the seven movements of Cantata No. 12 of J.S. Bach, "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen" (Weeping, crying, sorrow, sighing). One of Bach's earlier cantatas, "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen" was written for the third Sunday of Easter and was first performed in 1714 in Weimar, where Bach was court organist to the Duke of Weimar. The performance will be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble.

The opening chorus from Cantata No. 12 was borrowed by Bach for the "Crucifixus" section of his Mass in B minor, which will be performed by Stalter with the University Symphony and Choruses for their Dec. 3 concert in Hancher Auditorium.

The concert's second set will be the a-capella Mass for double chorus by Frank Martin, a prominent Swiss composer of the mid-20th century. Composed in 1922, the Mass was unknown, laying unperformed in Martin's desk drawer until an acquaintance happened to see it and ask the composer about it. "It turned out to be a beautiful masterpiece," Stalter said, "filled with lush, rich harmonies and interesting rhythmic figures."

Stalter said the final set will comprise "a satirical and somewhat pessimistic -- but also humorous -- view of love from a variety of perspectives." It will include "Love Lost: A cycle of four satirical poems on love" by contemporary composer Paul Sjolund, which will be followed by "Due Cori di Michelangelo Buonarroti il Giovane" (Two choruses by Michelangelo Buonaroti the younger) by the 20th-century Italian composer Luigi Dallapiccola. The mood of these works is indicated by the titles of the two choruses: "Chorus of the unhappily married women" and "Chorus of the unhappily married men."

Kantorei is the premier choral ensemble of the School of Music. It is a touring ensemble of approximately 30 singers, most of whom are graduate students. Kantorei presents four or five concerts on campus each year, tours to off-campus performances and participates in major choral works with the University Symphony. Past tours have been international, including performances in Russia, Korea and Spain.

Stalter joined the UI faculty as director of choral activities in 1999. He teaches graduate conducting courses and administers the graduate program in choral conducting. He has research interests in teaching conducting to undergraduate and graduate students and historical music performance practices. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, he frequently presents clinics and workshops in choral conducting around the United States.

In addition to conducting and teaching choral music, Stalter is active as a tenor soloist in the United States and abroad. A specialist in the music of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, he 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 Apollo's Fire, the Newfoundland Symphony, 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.

Prior to coming to the UI, Stalter was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Goshen College in Indiana. He received a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied with renowned choral conductor Robert Fountain, and a masters from the University of Illinois, where he studied with Don Moses, who was UI director of choral activities in the 1980s.

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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