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Oct. 10, 2007

University Choir presents diversity of styles in Oct. 26 concert

The University Choir from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a wide diversity of styles, ranging chronologically from the Renaissance to the 20th century, in a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Timothy Stalter, director of choral activities in the School of Music, will conduct the concert. Soloists will include tenor David Puderbaugh and baritone John Muriello, both of whom are members of the School of Music faculty.

"Concerts at a university or college present opportunities for musical growth," Stalter said. "The program was chosen to stimulate this process of the maturation of the singers by engaging them in music from the Renaissance, the Baroque, Romanticism, the 20th century and music from African-American cultures.

"This diversity of styles has been wonderful for the musicians as they continue to learn about how to perform these different styles, genres and periods of music."

Works on the program are listed below:

-- "I'm Gonna Sing 'Til The Spirit Moves in My Heart," an African-American spiritual arranged by Moses Hogan, who was one of the most successful directors and arrangers of spirituals in the later 20th century.

-- "O Sing Joyfully," by the 17th-century English composer Adrian Batten. Little known today, particularly by American composers, Batten was a singer at Westminster Abbey in London, and later Vicar Choral and organist at St. Paul's Cathedral.

-- J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 131, "Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir (Out of the depths I cry to thee, o Lord), with Puderbaugh and Muriello as soloists.

-- "There Is Sweet Music" and "Spanish Serenade" by the English composer Edward Elgar. These works will be presented in recognition of the 150th anniversary of Elgar's birth. The "Spanish Serenade" will feature piano accompanist Dan Mattix, a graduate student in the School of Music.

-- Three of the Six Chansons by the 20th-century German composer Paul Hindemith: "Verger" (Orchard), "Un Cygne" (A swan) and "Puisque tout passé" (Since all is passing.)

-- "Ain't Got Time to Die," another spiritual, this one arranged by the early 20th-century arranger Hall Johnson, with tenor Chaz William-Ali.

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

Puderbaugh joined the UI faculty as assistant director of choral activities in 2006. He conducts Camerata and teaches graduate choral literature. He received a bachelor's degree from Drake University, a master's degree from the University of Missouri and doctorate from the UI. For more information see

A singer whose work ranges from opera and operetta to concert and musical theater, Muriello joined the UI School of Music faculty in the fall of 1997. He has performed operatic and musical theater roles with Opera Carolina, the Banff Centre in Canada, L'Opera Francais of New York, Skylight Opera Theater, Ohio Light Opera and the Southeastern Savoyards of Atlanta, as well as numerous roles with the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater. For more information see

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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