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Oct. 9, 2008

University Choir and Women's Chorale present joint concert Oct. 25

Two choral groups from the University of Iowa School of Music -- the University Choir with Timothy Stalter, conductor, and the Women's Chorale, with Scott Allison, conductor -- will present a joint concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Congregational United Church of Christ, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Due to the closure of the Voxman Music Building following the record floods in June, the School of Music does not have access to its usual performance venues. The Congregational United Church of Christ in downtown Iowa City will be used by the school's choral department during the fall semester.

Their joint concert will be free and open to the public.

The University Choir will perform six works:

--"Cantate Domino" by John Rutter.
--"Rejoice in the Lamb" by Benjamin Britten, with organist Gregory Hand from the School of Music faculty.
--"Awake the Harp" from "The Creation" by Joseph Haydn.
--"Under the Willow Tree" from "Vanessa" by Samuel Barber.
--"The Best of all Possible Worlds" from "Candide" by Leonard Bernstein, as arranged by Robert Page.
--"The Terrible Tale of Tom Gilligan" by John Rutter.

UI graduate student Noah DeLong will accompany the choir on piano for several pieces on the program.

"This program reflects a number of events this fall," Stalter said. "Rutter's 'Cantate Domino' and Britten's 'Rejoice in the Lamb' will be coached by a guest artist in the School of Music, English choral conductor David Wordsworth, who will be in residence the week prior to this concert.

"'Awake the Harp' is taken from Haydn's celebrated oratorio, 'The Creation,' which will be performed by the UI Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs on Dec. 3.

"The third set is comprised of two arrangements of songs from American musical theater. And 'The Terrible Tale of Tom Gilligan' is only performed on major presidential election years because of its thematic content."

Women's Chorale will perform eight works from a variety of styles and traditions:

--"Te Deum" by American composer Daniel Pinkham, with organist Julie Howell, a UI graduate student.
--"Though Philomela Lost Her Love" by the Elizabethan English composer Thomas Morley.
--"Since Robin Hood" by Morley's younger contemporary Thomas Weelkes.
--"Nein, Geliebter" (No, beloved) from the "Neue Liebeslieder" (New love songs) by Johannes Brahms.
--"Die Schwestern" (The sisters) by Brahms.
--"Messe basse pour voix de femmes" (Low Mass for women's voices) by Gabriel Fauré.
--"My True Love has my Heart" by Eugene Butler.
--"Praise His Holy Name" by Keith Hampton.

UI graduate students Ann DuHamel and Matthew Erpelding will be piano accompanists for several pieces on the program.

"My hope with this program is to have representative pieces from the Renaissance period to contemporary times," Allison said. "The Morley and Weelkes allow the students to experience English Madrigals, while the Brahms and Fauré show Romanticism. The Pinkham, Butler and Hampton were chosen to show representative music from America in the 20th century."

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 specializing in the role of the Evangelist in the Passions of J.S. Bach and Heinrich Schuetz. For more information see

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