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University of Iowa News Release

March 25, 2005

University Choir Presents Spring Concert April 8

University Choir from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a concert of choral music for mixed voices at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of UI graduate teaching assistant Neil Bubke, will be free and open to the public.

The University Choir is a select, advanced choir of approximately 50 singers, primarily undergraduate students. The group presents concerts of its own each semester, in addition to participating in combined choral performances with the University Symphony.

The program begins with a stylistically diverse set of three songs about the Virgin Mary by the 16th-century German composer Hans Leo Hassler, the early 20th-century Russian Romantic composer Sergei Rachmaninoff and the contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Paert.

Next, the choir will sing two Baroque pieces by Georg Philipp Telemann and Giovanni Battista Martini. An a-capella Psalm setting by Felix Mendelssohn will be followed by a little known choral piece by Gioachinno Rossini that recalls the style of his operatic choruses. The program will conclude with three arrangements of folk songs from England and Canada.

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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