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Oct. 8, 2004

UI Women's Chorale Sings Music About Nature, Seasons Oct. 23

The Women's Chorale from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a program of 20th-century music about nature and the seasons at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

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

The complete program will be:

-- "A Girl's Garden" from "Frostiana" by Randall Thompson;

-- Four Women's Choruses by Bela Bartok: "Spring," "Enchanting Song," "Mocking of Youth" and "Wooing of a Girl";

-- "Winter Cantata" by Vincent Persichetti; and

-- "Linden Lea" by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Pianist Neil Bubke will accompany the choir on the Thompson and Vaughan Williams works. The Persichetti will be accompanied by marimba and flute.

"The 'Winter Cantata' is an especially interesting work," Kiser said. "Not only is it accompanied by the unique combination of marimba and flute, but it is also based on 11 haikus translated by Harold Stewart in 'A Net of Fireflies.'

"'A Girl's Garden' comes from the popular poetry of Robert Frost, immortalized by Randall Thompson in 'Frostiana.' This particular piece describes the joys and frustrations that a young girl faces when tasked with growing a garden. And 'Linden Lea' is a sweet, nostalgic remembrance of home."

Kiser is a second-year doctoral student in the choral conducting program at the UI School of Music. He is originally from the Quad Cities, and has family in both Toledo and Oskaloosa. He received a bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Bradley University and a master's degree in choral conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to his current studies at Iowa, Fred was an assistant professor of music and chair of the Fine Arts Program at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo.

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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