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April 26, 2004

Music From UI Rare Books Room Will Be Performed By Kantorei May 4

Kantorei, the top vocal ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, will give the first performance in the United States of a choral mass reconstructed from copies printed in 1750 and preserved at the UI, as part of a free concert under the direction of graduate student conductors at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The first half of the concert will be conducted by Marion Doherty Hayden, who made an edition of the "Missa 2" of 18th-century Bavarian composer Romanus Pinzger from part-books housed in the Rare Books Room of the UI Rita Benton Music Library. Pinzger's mass is scored for chorus with strings, horns and organ. The performance will feature UI student soloists Anne Lyman, soprano, Jamie Lynn Marble, mezzo-soprano, David Puderbaugh, tenor, and Marc Falk, bass.

The horn parts will be played by Jeffrey Agrell, who teaches horn at the UI School of Music, and Cormac O hAodain, playing on reproductions of 18th-century natural horns without valves that are owned by the School of Music.

Hayden will also lead Kantorei in performances of "Regina coeli," (Queen of heaven) for unaccompanied five-voice choir by Renaissance Spanish composer Tomas Luis de Victoria; and "Rejoice in the Lamb" for choir and organ by Benjamin Britten, featuring organist Sarah Thrush and soloists Heather Younquist, soprano, Tina Thielen-Gaffey, alto, Ryan Bernemann, tenor, and David Playfair, bass.

Tina Thielen-Gaffey, a graduate assistant who also leads the UI Old Gold Singers, will conduct a diverse program for the second half of the concert:
-- "Pater Noster' (Our Father) by Jacob Handl, for eight-part choir;
-- "Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf" (The spirit helps our weakness) by J.S. Bach, a motet for two four-part mixed choirs;
-- three songs about the month of May by Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn;
-- "Three Songs on Old Texts" by Paul Hindemith; and
-- the spiritual "The Battle of Jericho" arranged by Moses Hogan.

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.

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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