Feb. 28, 2008
UI Camerata Singers and Kantorei will share March 13 concert
Camerata Singers and Kantorei, two of the choral groups at the University of Iowa School of Music, will share a concert program at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Their joint concert will be free and open to the public.
Camerata is a mixed choir of approximately 40 voices, including UI students as well as members of the local community. It will perform March 13 under the direction of David Puderbaugh, a faculty member in the School of Music.
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. Their performance will be the graduate recital of conductor Marin Jacobson.
Accompanist for both groups is graduate student Ann DuHamel.
Camerata's program opens with one of Handel's stirring coronation anthems, "Let Thy Hand be Strengthened," composed in 1727 for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline. At the ceremony the piece was performed immediately after the entrance of the soon-to-be crowned monarchs.
Camerata then goes back about 150 years to the High Renaissance, with motets by Orlando di Lasso, Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina and Hans Leo Hassler.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, the choir will perform two of his earliest choral works, "Sweet Day" and "O Mistress Mine."
The Camerata program concludes with a selection of folksongs, including two seldom-heard settings by Beethoven of the Scottish songs "I Dreamed I Lay Where Flowr's were Springing" to a text by Robert Burns, and "Sweet Power of Song" with words by Joanna Baille. Beethoven scored each for two-part chorus, violin, cello and piano. The final work, the Newfoundland folksong "Feller from Fortune," will bring the Camerata program to a rollicking finish.
Kantorei will feature the music of a relatively unknown English composer, Rebecca Clarke. She studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where Vaughan Williams was a mentor and friend. Works by Clarke and Vaughan William will form the centerpiece of the Kantorei program.
Other works on the program will include settings of the text "Ave Maria" (Hail, Mary), starting with a chant version and including choral versions by Tomás Luis de Victoria, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Clarke and Arvo Pärt. The Kantorei program will conclude with a group of nationalistic songs from Argentina and Venezuela.
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. His research interest in Estonian choral music led in a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct dissertation research on that country's national song festivals during the Soviet occupation. For more information see http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/CONDpuderbaugh.htm.
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