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Oct. 20, 2008

Camerata Singers perform Haydn and more Nov. 1

The University of Iowa Camerata Singers will present a wide-ranging program, with music by Joseph Haydn, composers from Latvia and Estonia, and a piece based on the African-American gospel tradition, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Congregational United Church of Christ at 30 North Clinton St. in Iowa City.

The concert, under the direction of David Puderbaugh, will be free and open to the public.

Because of 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.

Camerata is a mixed choir of approximately 40 voices, including UI students as well as members of the local community. Piano accompanist for the group is graduate student Ann Duhamel.

The program will be:
--"Achieved is the glorious work" from "The Creation" and three partsongs by Joseph Haydn.
--"When Allen-a-Dale went a-Hunting" by the early Romantic-era composer Robert Pearsall.
--"Missa Simplex" (Simple Mass) by the Latvian composer Rihards Dubra.
--"Gloria Patri" (Glory to the Father) by the Estonian composer Urmas Sisask.
--"He Never Failed Me Yet," based on the African-American gospel music tradition, by Robert Ray.

The concert will open with a chorus from Haydn's great oratorio "The Creation," which will be performed in its entirety by the University Symphony and Choruses -- including Camerata -- on Dec. 3. That performance, at 8 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union, will be lead by Timothy Stalter, UI director of choral activities.

During the same time that Haydn was composing "The Creation," he also turned to much more intimate choral forms. His "Thirteen Partsongs," of which Camerata will present three, are very different from the monumental "Creation." Scored for voices and piano, the partsongs treat primarily secular themes from everyday life, including marriage, conviviality and death.

Pearsall's works often hearken back to the style of the English Renaissance madrigal. "When Allen-a-Dale went a-Hunting" tells the story of one of Robin Hood's Merry Men.

A composition graduate of the Latvian Music Academy, Dubra principally composes sacred choral music. The "Missa Simplex" is a setting of the Mass that omits the Credo section, making it appropriate for weekday services.

Sisask is one of Estonia's most active contemporary composers -- and an amateur astronomer. In the late 1980s he worked out theoretical sound values for the rotations of the nine planets, which he turned into a row of five pitches -- C-sharp, D, F-sharp, G-sharp, and A -- that he called a "planetal scale." Making use of this scale, his music can be best described as a fusion of old styles and forms with modern melody and harmony.

Ray is professor of music at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he teaches keyboard studies. His most popular works are based on the African-American gospel music tradition. "He Never Failed Me Yet" is one of his most successful works, a favorite of choirs around the U.S. for more than 25 years.

Puderbaugh joined the UI faculty as assistant director of choral activities in 2006. He conducts Camerata and teaches graduate choral literature and undergraduate choral conducting. 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 to a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct dissertation research on that country's national song festivals during the Soviet occupation. For more information visit

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