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Oct. 21, 2005

UI Women's Chorale Will Present Free Concert Nov. 5

The University of Iowa Women's Chorale will present a free concert with conductor Anne Lyman and accompanist Fred Kiser at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5 in Clapp Recital Hall.

The program will be presented in four sets:

-- pieces based on English poetry, featuring "O Swallow, Swallow!" from "The Princess" by Gustav Holst, "Weep, No More" by David Childs, and "Sigh No More, Ladies" from "In Windsor Forest" by Ralph Vaughan Williams;

-- "Laudate Pueri" by Michael Haydn, brother of the more famous Classical composer Joseph Haydn;

-- two Romantic sacred works in Latin, "Ubi Caritas" by Eleanor Daley and the "Messe Basse" by Gabriel Faure; and

-- two contemporary Spanish pieces, "Te Quiero" by Alberto Favero and "El Romanton" by Francisco Muro.

"Laudate Pueri" was composed in 1783 when Haydn was a court composer for the Archbishop of Salzburg. At one time, the Archbishop also employed both Mozart and his father, although by 1783 the younger Mozart had left Salzburg and settled in Vienna. "Laudate Pueri" was used liturgically as a Gradual for the Sunday of the Feast of the Holy Innocents.

Violinists Katie Hoth and Cassandre Ruby and cellist Emma Davis-Oeth, students in the UI School of Music, will play the instrumental accompaniment for "Laudate Pueri" together with Kiser on organ.

Lyman commented that "Faure's great love of melody is evident in his 'Messe Basse,' a short setting of portions of the Ordinary of the Mass, for women's voices.

"In the final set, "Te Quiero," is a vivid and expressive setting of a love poem by Mario Benedetti. The second, "El Romanton," was composed by the popular singer Francisco Muro and uses the rhythm of the Pasodoble, a Spanish dance."

Lyman is currently pursuing a doctorate in choral conducting under Timothy Stalter at the UI School of Music. She holds a musicology degree from the College of Wooster and received a master's degree in choral conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has also studied and performed early music in England. She is director of music at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Iowa City and directs the recorder ensemble Courtly Ayres.

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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