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March 3, 2006

Hancher Presents Trio Mediaeval At First Presbyterian Church In Iowa City

The University of Iowa will present a concert by Trio Mediaeval, the all-female a cappella ensemble that has been hailed as the heir apparent to Anonymous 4, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23 in the First Presbyterian Church at 2701 Rochester Ave. in Iowa City. A very limited number of tickets remain available.

The concert opens the second 2005-06 U.S. tour for the ECM recording artists. The program combines 13th-century music with works by contemporary composers who are inspired by early music -- Gavin Bryars, Andrew Smith, Lasse Thoeresen, Bjorn Kruse and Piers Hellawell -- as well as traditional Norwegian music.

First Presbyterian Church was selected as the concert venue after Hancher's 2003 presentation of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir in St. Mary's Catholic Church was so well received.

"Because of the intimacy of the performance, and because of the sacred character of much of their repertoire, we thought that, again, a church would be the appropriate venue," explains Judith Hurtig, Hancher artistic director. "We were advised by members of the School of Music faculty that the acoustics of First Presbyterian are excellent for voices."

Trio Mediaeval's fall concerts in the United States -- including performances at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center -- were met with rave reviews. A review in the San Francisco Chronicle asserted, "This superb Norwegian ensemble consists of three Scandinavian sopranos . . . who sing without accompaniment, mixing their clear, vibrato-free tones in a vocal tapestry of extraordinary splendor. To hear the group's note-perfect counterpoint -- as pristine and inviting as a clear, white linens -- is to be astonished at what the human voice is capable of."

Trio Mediaeval -- Anna Maria Friman, Linn Andrea Fuglseth and Torunn Ostrem Ossum -- was founded in Oslo in 1997. From the beginning they have excelled in three distinct strands of repertoire: polyphonic mediaeval music from England and France, contemporary works and Norwegian ballads and songs.

The trio has given concerts and radio broadcasts throughout Europe, in the United States and Canada, and its ECM releases began in October 2001 with "Words of the Angel," which immediately jumped into the Billboard Top 10 and was the April 2002 Stereophile "Recording of the Month."

In January 2004 the trio released its second CD "Soir dit-elle," which also took up residence on the Billboard Top 10 list. The group has just released its third CD, "Stella Maris."

The trio has collaborated with composers from the United Kingdom, the United States, Albania, the Ukraine, Mexico, Norway and Korea.

In November 2005 the Trio Mediaeval performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York together with the German musikFabrik in "Shelter," a contemporary oratorio with projections, featuring music by Bang on a Can (Julia Wolfe, UI alumnus David Lang and Michael Gordon). The work had its European premier in Cologne and Essen in Germany, and was performed in Amsterdam and Antwerp in January 2006.

Listen to a recent National Public Radio interview with Trio Mediaeval at

The Trio Mediaeval concert is sponsored by the Iowa House Hotel, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $28 ($15 for UI students and $19.60 for youth)

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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