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April 29, 2011

UI School of Music spotlights four choirs in two days

The University of Iowa School of Music will spotlight four of its choral ensembles in two semester-ending concerts on consecutive days in the Riverside Recital Hall: The Camerata Singers and the Women's Chorale will share a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, and the Kantorei and the University Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

Camerata is an ensemble of 50-70 singers that is unique among UI choirs: It is open to both UI students and singers from the community.

On May 6 the Camerata will be conducted by graduate student Peter Grau, with the assistance of pianists, string players and organists, featuring several selections that welcome spring:
--"Domine, Ad Adjuvandum Me Festina" bu Padre Giovanni Battista Martini.
--"Komm, Jesu, Komm" by Johann Schelle.
--"O Filii et Filiae" by Volkmar Leisring.
--"Three Madrigals" by Emma Lou Diemer.
--Versions of "Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind" by John Rutter and George Shearing.
--"Spring" by Ivor Gurney.
--"Sweet Day" by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
--"O Süsser Mai" by Johannes Brahms.
--And "Now Is The Month of Maying" by Thomas Morley.

The spring theme will be continued by the Women's Chorale, a select chorus of 40 students, which will be conducted by graduate student Jacquelyn Zwiefel, with accompanist Noah DeLong:
--"Ave verum corpus" in settings by Josquin des Prez and Camille Saint-Saëns.
--"Today this Spring" by Libby Larsen.
--"Salut Printemps" by Claude Debussy.
--"Quant j'ai ouy le tambourin" by William Brown.
--"A Girl's Garden" by Randall Thompson.
--"Away from the Roll of the Sea" by Allister MacGillivray.
--And "Roulez jeunes gens roulez" arranged Joseph A. Gregorio.

On May 7 the Kantorei, conducted by graduate student Michael Schnack, with sing two of the rarely performed choruses from the controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer" by John Adams.

"Hagar and the Angel" and the "Night Chorus" are two of the ensemble pieces that provide context and commentary to the story of the 1985 hijacking of the Mediterranean passenger liner Achille Lauro, which led to the murder of wheelchair-bound American Leon Klinghoffer.'

Also included on the Kantorei program are two choruses from Leoncavallo's verismo opera "Pagliacci" (based, like "Klinghoffer," on a real-life murder case of the time), Brahms's Three Secular Choruses and two choruses from "Chimes" by Russian composer Valery Gavrilin.

Kantorei is the premier choral ensemble of the UI School of Music, consisting of about 30 graduate students.

The larger University Choir, conducted by graduate student Matthew Erpelding, will feature the world premiere of Erpelding's spring-themed "Rain Music," composed on a rhythmically lively text by early 20th-century African-American poet Joseph Seamon Cotter Jr.

Other works on the University Choir program are:
--"Vestiva i Colli" by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
--Missa in C, K. 220, the "Sparrow Mass," by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with chamber-ensemble accompaniment.
--Two French Part-Songs by Saint-Saëns.
--And "Make Our Garden Grow" from "Candide" by Leonard Bernstein.

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