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Oct. 9, 2008

Kantorei will present contemporary English choral music Oct. 24

Kantorei, the University of Iowa School of Music's top choral ensemble, will present a concert of contemporary English choral music at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, in the Congregational United Church of Christ at 30 North Clinton St. in Iowa City. The concert, under the direction of Timothy Stalter, will be free and open to the public.

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.

The repertoire for the Oct. 24 concert is entirely English choral music of the late-20th and 21st centuries: "Regina caeli" and "Ave Regina" by Cecilia McDowall; three works by Gabriel Jackson; "How Love Bleeds" by Paul Spicer; "The Angels" by Jonathan Harvey; and "The Flight of Song" by Howard Skempton.

Stalter said the program stems from a career development leave in 2007 that he spent researching contemporary choral music in the United Kingdom. He will present the music, which will be unfamiliar to the local audience, in a lecture-recital format.

Stalter's leave was supported in part by a UI Arts and Humanities Initiative grant, an International Programs travel grant and a School of Music travel grant.

Kantorei will have the opportunity to prepare the program with David Wordsworth, a well-known English choral conductor and head of promotion at Oxford Music, Stalter said.

Kantorei is the premier choral ensemble of the School of Music. It is a touring ensemble of approximately 30 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.

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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