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March 10, 2006

Walker Quartet Performs German Art Songs In UI Museum Of Art March 26

The Walker Quartet, a graduate vocal quartet from the University of Iowa School of Music, will present an afternoon of German art songs at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26 in the UI Museum of Art.

Current members of the quartet are Colleen Jennings, soprano; Lacretta Ross, mezzo-soprano; Quiliano Anderson, tenor; and Adam Webb, baritone. They perform with pianist Shari Rhoads, a member of the voice faculty at the UI School of Music.

The program will feature excerpts from Franz Schubert's song cycle "Die schoene Muellerin" (The beautiful miller's daughter), Gustav Mahler's "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" (The boy's magic horn), and songs by Richard Strauss and Hugo Wolf.

"The Walker Quartet normally showcases opera ensembles and arias," Rhoads said. "We decided it would be a nice change to be able to sing to a smaller audience in an intimate setting in order to enjoy the perfect marriage of piano and voice, poet and composer, art and a Sunday afternoon."

Quartet members receive a scholarship in the opera program at the UI School of Music. All have been featured in recent productions of the Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater.

Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty as opera coach and diction teacher in the fall of 2000. Before arriving at the UI she taught music history at the Music Conservatory in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. Rhoads earned the title of Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater. She was conductor and coach at the opera theater in Darmstadt, Germany; the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Spain; and the Teatro de las Zarzuela in Madrid.

Her accompanying credentials include recitals with Jose Carreras and Montserrat Caballe, with whom she worked exclusively as coach/accompanist and orchestrator. She has appeared at numerous international festivals including Aix-en-Provence, Luzern International Festwoche and the Beethovenhaus Chamber Music series.

Rhoads continues to perform internationally and conducts master classes world-wide on Mozart operas with collaborator Georges Delnon. She earned her degree in accompanying and has completed post-graduate studies in opera coaching/conducting at the University of Southern California.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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