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Oct. 26, 2005

UI University Choir Presents 'Name That Tune' Concert Nov. 13

The University Choir of the University of Iowa School of Music will present "Name That Tune," a free concert under the direction of Timothy Stalter, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

"This is a thematic program about people, their lives, their personalities and their stories," Stalter said. "The title of the program, 'Name that Tune,' is a play on words that aptly reflects this theme.

"The concert progresses from texts about Mary, the mother of Jesus, to a juxtaposition of Christ and the devil, to a series of persons from secular society. All have distinct personalities, all are connected with stories."

The full concert program is divided into eight sections:

I. "Ave Maria" by Josquin Des Pres, "Maria, mater gratiae" by Gabriel Faure for women's voices and "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl.

II. "Tu es Petrus" by Giovanni Perluiggi de Palestrina and "Hymn to Saint Peter" by Benjamin Britten.

III. "Christus factus est"  by Anton Bruckner and "Daemon irrepit callidus" (The devil sneaks expertly) by Gyorgy Orban.

IV. "Anthony O'Daly" and "Mary Hynes " by Samuel Barber.

V. The spiritual "Ezekiel saw de wheel" arranged by William L. Dawson.

VI. "sam was a man" for men's voices and "maggie and millie and mollie and may" for women, both by Vincent Persichetti.

VII. "Der Queen Cleopatra" and "Herr Newton und der Fallen Apfel" by Lloyd Pfautsch.

VIII. "Jane" for men's voices by P.D.Q. Bach, "Father William" by Irving Fine, and Oliver Cromwell by Britten.

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.

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.

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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