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April 23, 2004

UI Women's Chorus Features Music For Voices, Horns May 5

Two works for women's voices and French horns will be featured on a concert by the University of Iowa Women's Chorus at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 5 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

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

"The centerpiece of this performance includes two sets of songs composed specifically for women's chorus and French horns," Lyman said.

"Brahms' Four Songs for women's chorus, two horns and harp, op. 17, represent his early style and were written by the young composer during his brief association with the Women's Chorus of Hamburg. These lyrical settings reveal the combined influences of Brahms' professional and personal association with Robert and Clara Schumann and his life-long interest in literature.

"Stravinsky's 'Four Russian Peasant Songs,' written for four horns and women's voices, were written during the composer's so-called 'Russian Period' in the mid-1910s. Stravinsky, in exile in Switzerland during World War I, recalls the folk tunes of an ancient Russian peasant heritage that would soon be lost to Revolution.

"The rest of the program will present a variety of music. 'Song for the Mira' and 'Away from the Roll of the Sea' by Allister MacGillivray were inspired by the Gaelic heritage of Nova Scotia's Cape Breton.

"'Heart, We Will Forget Him' by James Mulholland and 'The Muse, The Stove, and The Willow Plate' by Zae Munn are musical settings of texts that speak of the many plights of women. And 'Come On Up!', the closing piece of the concert, is an up-beat setting of a traditional spiritual by Alice Parker, a pioneer in the her field."

Accompanist for the Women's Chorus is Joshua Russell, a graduate student in the School of Music. Assisting performers for the concert will be Patrick Creel, Michael Helman, Dani Reynolds and Betsy Skat on horn; and Sarah Thrush on harp. Tara Warfield will be soprano soloist in the Stravinsky "Four Russian Peasant Songs."

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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