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April 20, 2007

Camerata And Kantorei Share Vocal Concert At UI May 3

Camerata and Kantorei, two of the choral ensembles at the University of Iowa School of Music, will perform with graduate student conductors on a shared concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

The premier vocal ensemble in the School of Music, Kantorei is a touring ensemble of approximately 30 singers, most of whom are graduate students. They will perform May 3 with conductor Jason Rausch. Accompanying Kantorei will be Dan Mattix, organ and piano, and Tom Hamilton, organ.

The Kantorei program will be presented in three sets. The first set contains sacred music from the Baroque period and 20th century:

-- "I Was Glad" by English baroque composer Henry Purcell;

-- "Selig sind die Toten" (Blessed are the dead), SWV 391, by the early German Baroque composer Heinrich Schütz;

-- "Nun danket alle Gott" (Now give thanks to God), a double-choir motet by Johann Pachelbel;

-- "O Sacrum Convivium" (O sacred feast) by the 20th-century French mystic composer Olivier Messiaen; and

-- a spirited 1974 setting of the "Magnificat" (My soul doth magnify) by English composer William Walton.

The middle set is Brahms' Four Quartets with piano, op. 92, containing two much loved pieces, "O Schöne Nacht" (Beautiful night) and "Abendlied" (Evening song).

The final set is music from North and South America. The three songs in this set progress from a call for global environmental awareness -- "Kasar Mie La Gaji" by Alberto Grau -- to finding peace -- "There Will Be Rest" by Frank Tichel -- and finally, rejoicing in "Gloria" by Greg Knauf.

Camerata is a mixed choir of approximately 40 voices, including UI students as well as members of the local community. They will perform under conductor Brian Bailey with accompanists Ann DuHamel and Evelyn Dias.

The Camerata program includes a Bach cantata performed with soloists and a chamber orchestra, French songs, Scottish and American folk songs in contemporary arrangements, and a spiritual.

The complete program will be:

-- Bach's Cantata No. 61, "Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland" (Now come, Savior of the gentiles);

-- "O Whistle and I'll Come to Ye," arranged by Mack Wilberg;

-- "If Music be the Food of Love" by David Dickau;

-- Four Slovak Folk Songs by Béla Bartók, performed in the original language;

-- "Dieu! Qu'il la fait bon regarder" (Lord! How lovely thou hast made my dear) by Claude Debussy;

-- "Les Tisserands" (The weavers) by Francis Poulenc

--  "The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus; and

-- the Robert Shaw/Alice Parker arrangement of the spiritual "I Got Shoes."

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