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April 23, 2004

University Choir Will Sing Sacred, Secular Music May 7

The University Choir, a choral ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music, will give a concert of sacred and secular music at 8 p.m. Friday, May 7 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of UI graduate student Fred Kiser, will be free and open to the public.

The first part of the program will feature music written for the liturgy and Psalm settings. The program for this part of the concert will be:
-- "Haec est dies" by Jacob Handl;
-- "Verbum caro factum est" by Hans Leo Hassler;
-- a setting of Psalm 96 by Jan Sweelinck;
-- "Sing Unto God" from "Judas Maccabaeus" by George Frideric Handel;
-- Psalm 43, "Richte mich, Gott" by Felix Mendelssohn; and
-- "Jubilate Deo" by William Walton.

In the second portion of the program, folk and dance music will be highlighted in works with accompaniment by piano four-hands, the "Neues Liebeslieder" (New love songs) by Brahms and Scottish Folk Songs by Mack Wilberg. The concert will close with the "Farewell Overture" by Jean Belmost.

Several student accompanists will assist the University Choir. Josh Russell will accompany from piano for Handel's "Sing Unto God." Sarah Thrush will accompany on the organ for Walton's "Jubilate Deo." Russell and Jamie Marble will be play piano four-hands for the Brahms and Wilberg pieces.

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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