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April 16, 2004

Camerata Travels From Mourning To Hope April 23

The University of Iowa Camerata, a mixed choir under the direction of Timothy Dickey, will present a free concert of works progressing from the 15th to the 20th century at 8 p.m. Friday, April 23 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

An ensemble of the UI School of Music, Camerata is open to both students and members of the local community. Organist Sarah Thrush, a graduate student in the School of Music, will accompany the performance.

"The central theme of this concert travels from mourning to hope," Dickey said. "It begins with funeral music, but proceeds to songs of praise and exaltation. The central pillars are four settings of the 'Magnificat' text that span nearly 400 years."

The concert will open with two Renaissance settings of the text "Sicut cervus" (As the hart yearns for the water springs, so longs my soul for thee, O God!) from the 42nd Psalm, by Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina and Pierre de la Rue.

Next will be three pairs of works by composers from the 17th to 19th centuries, each ending with a setting of the "Magnificat" (My soul doth magnify the Lord), known as "The Canticle of Mary" from the Gospel of Luke and traditionally set with joyous music.

The first pair are by the 17th-century German composer Heinrich Schuetz: "Die mit Traenen saen" (Those who sow with tears shall reap with joy), a motet that is also taken from Psalm texts, and the "Magnificat." Seventeenth-century English composer Henry Purcell comes next, with "Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts," from his "Music on the Death of Queen Mary," followed by his setting of the "Magnificat." And concluding this series of pairings will be "Heilig" (Holy, holy, holy) and a Magnificat setting by Felix Mendelssohn.

The program will continue forward in time with two settings of the "Ave Maria" text (Hail, Mary, full of grace) by the late 19th-century composers Joseph Rheinberger and Franz Liszt, and "A Spotless Rose" by early 20th-century English composer Herbert Howells. The program concludes with a final "Magnificat" from 1989, by Arvo Paert.

Dickey joined the UI faculty in 2003 as assistant director of choral activities in the School of Music, directing Camerata, teaching the history of choral literature and advising doctoral students. He did his doctoral work in musicology at Duke University, received master's degrees in choral conducting from the University of Connecticut and the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston. He also has attended the Royal School of Church Music at Sarum College in Salisbury, England.

Before coming to the UI, Dickey worked with the choral program and directed the Collegium Musicum at Duke University and has served as associate conductor at the University of Connecticut. He also founded and directed choral ensembles at Amherst College and Duke University. His dissertation research in Siena and Florence, Italy, was supported by an Advanced International Travel Fellowship from Duke, and a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from Duke's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

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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