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Aug. 31, 2007

Mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle, colleagues will present recital Sept. 16

Mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle will introduce songs from "off the beaten path" in a University of Iowa faculty recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 16, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa Campus.

Eberle will be assisted by organist Delbert Disselhorst, pianist Marian Lee, harpist Pamela Weest Carrasco and the Maia String Quartet. Their performance will be free and open to the public.

Eberle's recital will feature a wide variety of styles, including art songs, folk songs and unaccompanied chant. The complete program will be:

-- the chant "O Speculum Columbe " by the 12th-century German composer and visionary nun Hildegard von Bingen;

-- Cantata No. 170 by J.S. Bach, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust" (Contented rest, beloved soul's desire), which was composed in 1726 for the sixth Sunday after Trinity Sunday;

-- "Kaddisch" from "Deux melodies hebraiques" (Two Jewish songs) by Maurice Ravel;

-- "Les Prières" (Prayers) by the early 20th-century French composer Andre Caplet;

-- "Il Tramonto" (The sunset) by 20th-century Italian composer Ottorino Resphighi; and

-- a set of traditional Irish folk songs, including "The Foggy Dew" and "Danny Boy."

"I hope to introduce my audience to some repertoire far off the beaten track of the typical art-song recital," Eberle said. "The first half of the program will include a historical look at sacred repertoire for mezzo-soprano. I will start with an unaccompanied chant written by Hildegard, and then take listeners forward through the years to a cantata by J.S. Bach. Moving onwards to France, I will perform two works showing various musical styles while using texts in French that include the Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, a setting of the Credo and including a Kaddish in Hebrew."

"Later, The Maia Quartet and I will perform the beautiful Shelley poem 'Sunset' written for string quartet and voice by Resphighi. I will end with some traditional Irish folksongs arranged for harp and voice. This music is extremely beautiful, dramatic and emotional, which should bring joy to those that cherish music for the voice."

Eberle joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1990 after five years of teaching at the University of Georgia. A specialist in art song, oratorio, chamber music, and opera, she has performed in the United States and abroad. In the past ten years she has performed more than 45 professional engagements with orchestras, choral organizations and chamber music groups. For more information, see or Eberle's personal Web page,

Disselhorst has been a member of the UI School of Music faculty since 1970. As a concert artist, he has performed in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has been a featured artist for international festivals and concert series in the cathedrals of Trier and Limburg, and the Munster in Freiburg, Germany. For more information, see

Lee has appeared as recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician in Western Europe, the former Soviet Union, South America and Asia, as well as in major cities throughout the United States. For a more information, see

Weest-Carrasco plays harp for the UI Symphony Orchestra and the UI Center for New Music, as well as the Cedar Rapids, Quad City and Southeast Iowa symphonies. She teaches at the Preucil School in Iowa City. Her diverse performing career has included appearances with Julio Iglesias, Lainie Kazan, Jack Jones, Toni Tenille and the Moody Blues. She received bachelors and masters degrees from Indiana University.

The resident string quartet at the UI School of Music since 1998, the Maia Quartet participates in a series of chamber music concerts on campus each year. Its members -- violinists Tricia Park and Zoran Jakovcic, violist Elizabeth Oakes and cellist Hannah Holman -- are all members of the School of Music faculty. More information, including photos and bios of the individual members of the quartet, can be found online at

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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