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Nov. 10, 2006

UI School Of Music Will Present Verdi's Requiem Nov. 29

The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Choirs will present a performance of the Giuseppe Verdi's monumental "Requiem," with four distinguished and highly successful alumni of the School of Music as soloists, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, in Hancher Auditorium. Timothy Stalter, UI director of choral activities, will conduct the performance.

The soloists, all currently enjoying active professional singing careers, will be Michele Crider, soprano; Katharine Goeldner, mezzo-soprano; William Gabbard, tenor; and Kimm Julian, baritone.

Four major ensembles from the School of Music will contribute to the combined choral forces for the performance: Kantorei and University Choir, both of which are conducted by Stalter; Camerata, David Puderbaugh, conductor; and Women's Chorale, Marin Jacobson, conductor. The Chamber Singers of Iowa City, directed by Puderbaugh, will also be part of the chorus for the performance.

The performance is one in a series of gala concerts celebrating the 100th anniversary of the UI School of Music. These centennial concerts -- many of them featuring alumni performances and compositions -- are listed online at

One of the most dramatic and powerful works in the classical concert repertoire, Verdi's Requiem is a deeply loved work that is often performed for important occasions. Requiring large forces -- a full symphony, large chorus and four soloists of operatic quality -- it is often regarded as a showpiece, particularly for the soloists.

The soloists for the occasion have all have extensive professional careers. Crider, who got her first exposure to opera at the UI, has sung major roles in Europe and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Goeldner has sung several roles at the Metropolitan, and more recently returned to the UI for a scholarship benefit performance in the fall of 2004. Gabbard has been singing professionally for more than 25 years, the last 19 with the Soldiers' Chorus of the United States Army Field Band of Washington, D.C. Julian has sung operatic roles around the United States and overseas, and is currently teaching voice and directing the Opera Workshop at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

"Hancher Auditorium will be filled with the glorious sounds of Verdi's highly operatic work," Kristin Thelander, director of the School of Music, said. "We are thrilled to welcome back four of our outstanding alumni as soloists. Many alumni and members of the Iowa City community will remember the compelling performances they provided in UI operas of the 1980s and '90s."

The Requiem was written in 1873-74, late in Verdi's long life, to honor the Italian novelist Alessandro Manzoni. "I would have knelt before him, if men worshipped men," Verdi wrote of Manzoni, whom he revered as a writer and a patriot. Motivated by these heartfelt sentiments, Verdi completed the powerful Requiem in time to lead the premiere on the anniversary of Manzoni's death. At the time, the composer thought it might be his final work, although he went on to write "Otello" in 1884-86 and "Falstaff" in 1889-93.

Established in 1906, the UI School of Music will celebrate its centennial throughout the 2006-07 academic year. The celebration was inaugurated Sept. 9 with a highly successful Centennial Gala Showcase Concert and will feature a series of concerts throughout the 2006-07 academic year, many of them presenting new compositions that were commissioned from UI alumni for the occasion.

Stalter joined the UI faculty as director of choral activities in 1999. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, he frequently presents clinics and workshops in choral conducting around the United States. He is also active as a tenor soloist who is known in the United States and Europe for his performances as the Evangelist in the Passions of J.S. Bach and Heinrich Schuetz. For more information, see

Since 1991 Crider has been singing major roles for dramatic soprano in the world's great opera houses. Her Metropolitan Opera debut in February 1999, as Leonora in Verdi's "Il Trovatore," was the first of many performances she has given at the nation's top operatic venue. She is also a successful concert artist, having appeared with orchestras including the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic.

For details of Crider's professional career, photos and other information, visit her Web page at

Gabbard has performed in most of the major concert halls nationwide, and has been a featured performer with the Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, El Paso, London and Naples, Florida pops orchestras. His television appearances include "The Coral Ridge Hour", "Bob Hope: The First 90 Years" (NBC), "The National Memorial Day Concert" (PBS), "Pops Goes The Fourth" (A&E), "The CBS Early Show," "Celebrate The Stars and Stripes" (TNN), "Hardball with Chris Matthews" (MSNBC), and "The Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular" (CBS).

While at Iowa, he was a frequent soloist with Kantorei and performed as tenor soloist with the University Symphony and Choruses in a memorable performance of Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis." With the UI Opera Theatre he sang lead roles in "Agrippina" and "Boris Godunov." In 1986 he appeared in his last UI performance, "Madame Butterfly," with Crider in the title role making her very first stage appearance.

Goeldner made her critically-acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut in Alban Berg's "Lulu," with James Levine conducting. She was immediately reengaged to sing Cherubino in Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" and Ascanio in a new production of Berlioz's "Benvenuto Cellini" and Charlotte in "Werther" among other roles. She returned to the Met for other roles in the following seasons. She has performed with the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony, the Spoleto Festival (USA), Prague Radio Symphony, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano , the Orchestre Philharmonie de Radio France and the Basel Sinfonietta.

For more information, see her Web page,

Julian came to the attention of local audiences when he substituted for acclaimed bass Simon Estes in the title role of the 1986 UI production of Musorgsky's "Boris Gudonov." Since then he has appeared in more than 85 opera, oratorio and musical theater roles. He has performed throughout the United States and in Japan, Australia, Brazil, Ireland Austria and Italy. On the musical theater stage he has performed the King in "King and I," Emile De Becque in "South Pacific" and Don Quixote in "Man of La Mancha."

More information is available at

Tickets for the performance of the Verdi "Requiem" are $20 and 16 ($18 and 14 for seniors; $12 and 10 for UI students and youth); patron tickets are available for $75. Tickets are available at the Hancher Auditorium Box Office.

If purchased together with other tickets for events presented by the UI Division of Performing Arts -- the Mainstage season of University Theatres, the annual Dance Gala performances, ticketed School of Music concerts in Hancher Auditorium and a production by the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater -- tickets to the concert may be eligible for a series discount.

The events are detailed in a Division of Performing Arts brochure that is available at the Hancher Auditorium Box Office, in the UI Theatre Building and from the division's marketing office at 319-335-3213. As explained in the brochure, patrons who purchase tickets to four, five or six events will receive a 20-percent discount; purchasing tickets for seven or more events earns a 25-percent discount.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 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.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail:

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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