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Oct. 16, 2007

Kantorei will present sacred and secular music of the Renaissance Nov. 3

Kantorei, a graduate-level vocal ensemble at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a program of Renaissance music from England and the continent at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of Timothy Stalter, will be free and open to the public.

 "This concert is an exploration of both sacred and secular music from England, France and Italy," Stalter said. "The first set represents two songs of praise -- the austere 'Gloria in Excelsis' by Thomas Weelkes, set in minor mode rather than the usual more uplifting major, and a paraphrase of Psalm 150 set by William Byrd from his 'Cantiones Sacrae II' (Sacred songs II) of 1591.

"The second set is centered around a French secular song that originated before 1528, 'Dessus le marché d'Arras' (At the marketplace of Arras). First the song melody will be sung, followed by the many-voiced chanson by Adrian Willaert based on the same tune. Last, we will perform the 'Magnificat in the First Tone' by Orlando di Lasso, which is based on the Willaert setting.

"The third set is a group of five secular songs with texts about birds: 'The Silver Swan' by Orlando Gibbons, 'Sweet Suffolk Owl' by Thomas Vautor, 'Le chant des oiseaux' (The song of the birds) by Clément Janequin, 'Vezzosi Augelli' (Pretty birds) by Giaches de Wert, and 'Quel Augellin Che Canta' (That little bird that sings) by Claudio Monteverdi."

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 Schütz. For more information see

Kantorei is the premier choral ensemble of the School of Music. It is a touring ensemble limited to 28 singers, most of whom are graduate students. Kantorei presents four or five concerts on campus each year, tours to off-campus performances and participates in major choral works with the University Symphony.

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