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April 21, 2006

Women's Chorale and Camerata Share Concert Program May 4

The Women's Chorale and Camerata, choral organizations from the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a joint concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 4 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of graduate students in the choral conducting program, will be free and open to the public.

The Women's Chorale, under the direction of Anne Lyman, will perform five sets:

-- music that deals with broken hearts, with double-crossing lovers in "Ah Robin, Gentle Robin" by William Cornyshe; the sadness of seeing a lover leave in "Goin' Away," arranged by Marie Pooler; and "The False Young Man," arranged by Donald Patriquin, in which a young girl chastises her suitor for having several attachments, but finally admits that she, too, has many favorites;

-- two pieces from Northern Europe, one by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis and the other a Finnish folk song arranged by Donald Patriquin;

-- three duet settings by Felix Mendelssohn;

-- Three Madrigals by Ernst Krenek and the "Springsong" of Jack Gallagher, all lighthearted pieces based on texts by Shakespeare; and

-- "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" by Manning Sherwin, arranged by Alan Billingsley, and "Praise his Holy Name" by Keith Hampton.

Appearing with the Women's Chorale will be piano accompanists Fred Kiser and Joshua Russell and Kevin Price, cello.

Camerata is a mixed choir of approximately 35 voices, including UI students as well as members of the local community. Under the direction of Timothy Pahel its program will likewise have five parts:

-- "Chantez a Dieu" (Sing to God), a setting of Psalm 96 by the late Renaissance Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck;

-- Four Motets, sacred choral works that use the melodies and free rhythm of Gregorian chant, by the 20th-century French composer Maurice Durufle;

-- Coronation Anthem No. 2, "Let Thy Hand be Strengthened," written by George Frideric Handel for the coronation of George II as King of England;

-- Five Hebrew Love Songs for chorus and string quartet by contemporary American composer Eric Whitacre, with soprano soloist Jessica Halfven; and

-- a set of two folk songs to close the concert.

Appearing with Camerata will be pianist Joshua Russell, violinists Jeremy Starr and Armine Chamasyan, violist Julia Immel and cellist Kevin Price.

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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