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Feb. 13, 2004

Kantorei Presents Vocal 'Images of War' On Feb. 27 Concert

Kantorei, the top vocal ensemble at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present "Images of War," a program of choral music based on texts that describe or refer to war, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

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

The concert will include the world premiere of "The End of Troy" by Bernard van Beurden, performed by the women of Kantorei and bassoonist Benjamin Coelho from the School of Music faculty. Based on a text from "The Trojan Women by Euripides" that dates from 410 BC, "The End of Troy" was written for Coelho.

Other works on the program will include:
-- "I tremble not at noise of war" by English composer Orlando Gibbons, which Stalter describes as "a Renaissance madrigal with no 'fa, la, la's'";
-- "A Stopwatch and an Ordinance Map" by Samuel Barber, timpani and performed by the men of Kantorei and based on a text by Stephen Spender about the death of a soldier during the Spanish Civil War.
-- "Altri canti di Marte" for two violins, continuo and voices the Eight Book of Madrigal by Claudio Monteverdi, with a text that veers from images of war to the mortal wounds of love; and
-- "La guerre" (War) by Clement Janequin.

One of a few composers of programmatic chansons in the Renaissance, Jannequin was a leading French composer of vocal music in the 16th century. His chansons are highly descriptive, containing meaningless words and syllables that describe and imitate sounds from nature or, in this case, noises from battle.

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 directs Kantorei, the premier choral ensemble of the School of Music, 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.

Coelho has worked extensively as performer and teacher of bassoon, in both the United States and his native Brazil. He was a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, with whom he played a sold-out concert in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. The quintet won various chamber music competitions including Artists International, Coleman, and Monterey Peninsula chamber music competitions. As a soloist, Coelho has played recitals and concertos in Brazil, the United States, Canada and Portugal.

In Brazil, Coelho has played principal bassoon with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, the Grupo de Musica Contemporanea of Minas Gerais and the Gramado Woodwind Quintet. He taught bassoon at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, where he served as the elected vice-dean of the School of Music.

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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