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March 25, 2005

UI Camerata Singers And Women's Chorale Present Concert April 9

Camerata Singers and Women's Chorale, two choral organizations from the University of Iowa School of Music, will share a concert with music from the 16th to the 20th centuries, and from Bach to Beach, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 9 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be under the direction of two choral conducting graduate assistants: Fred Kiser will lead the Women's Chorale and Brian Bailey will lead Camerata.

The first half of the program will feature the 32-voice Women's Chorale, made up of undergraduate women from across the university. The program features several pieces that include tone painting: music that describes nature is found in the 17th-century madrigal "The Nightingale" by Thomas Weelkes; the bluebell, clover and yellow daisy are personified in Amy Beach's "Three Flower Songs"; and frontier life is portrayed in "Women on the Plains: Three Canadian Folk Songs," arranged by Alice Parker.

The program also includes Kiser's transcription of music by 17th-century Italian composer Ignazio Donati, works that will be included in his doctoral dissertation. Works by J.S Bach and Francis Poulenc will round out the first half of the program.

The 43-voice Camerata Singers will perform the second half of the program. The group is made up of both undergraduate and graduate students with a range of majors, and the group is also open to members of the local community. Music performed will be a set of Renaissance motets by English composers; a set of 19th-century German part songs by Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert; two works by 20th-century English composer Benjamin Britten; an Irish folksong; and the rousing spiritual "Go Where I Send Thee."

UI graduate student Katie Fang is the accompanist for both groups. Organist Thomas Hamilton will be featured in the performance of Britten's "Jubilate Deo."

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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