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Oct. 29, 2007

Madrigals will be heard in the Museum of Art Nov. 11

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will host an afternoon concert of madrigals from the Italian, French and English repertoire at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. The performance is free and open to the public.

Patrons should enter the museum through the new permanent entrance, on the east side of the building facing the Iowa River. The new entrance leads into the museum's Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

The concert is part of "Music at the Museum," a series of intimate Sunday afternoon concerts organized by Shari Rhoads, opera coach for the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater.

Eight UI undergraduate vocal students have formed a madrigal group under Rhoads' direction. The group -- sopranos Kelsey Williams, Lexi Schiano, Samantha Blickhan, and Lauren Baker; tenors Robert Kemp and Aaron Sunstein; and basses Ivo Suarez and Joe Ellickson -- will perform unaccompanied French chansons and Italian and English madrigals from the 15th century.

Composers represented in the program will include some of the most famed musicians of the era, even though they are not well known today: Claudio Monteverdi, John Wilbye, Claude Le Jeune, Thomas Morley, Josquin Des Pres and Jacob Arcadelt.

Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty as opera coach in the fall of 2000. Before arriving at the UI she taught Lieder and interpretation at the Music Conservatory in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. She was Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater and served as conductor and coach at the opera theater in Darmstadt, Germany; the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Spain; and the Teatro de las Zarzuela in Madrid. For more information, see

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Shari Rhoads, School of Music,; Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072 (office), 319-541-2846 (cell),