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Release: April 23, 1999
Alumni will sing along as Hatcher conducts his final
Kantorei concert May 7
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Alumni of Kantorei, the premier choral
ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music, will return to campus
and sing along as William Hatcher, director of the group since 1988, conducts
his final Kantorei concert at 8 p.m. Friday, May 7, in Clapp Recital Hall
on the UI campus.
Hatcher, who is director of choral activities at the UI
School of Music, has announced that he will retire at the end of the summer
Hatcher will share conducting duties for the May 7 concert
with graduate assistant Gregory Milliron. Piano accompanist for the concert
will be graduate student Samuel Kwok.
More than 50 former singers of Hatcher's Kantorei will
come back to Iowa City from around the United States for the concert. After
intermission they will join with the current members of Kantorei to sing a
program with a stylistic diversity that has been characteristic of Hatcher's
programming at the UI. Composers on this portion of the concert will be the
Renaissance master Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina; the German Romantic composer
Johannes Brahms; and contemporary composers Trond Kverno, Steven Chatman and
The first half of the concert, directed by Milliron, will
include works by Heinrich Schuetz, Samuel Barber and early American composer
William Billings. A featured work will be "Acrostic Song from 'Final Alice'"
by David Del Tredici. A work arranged by the composer from his well known
1976 symphonic work "Final Alice," it is a setting of the final poem in Lewis
Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass."
During his UI career Hatcher directed the graduate choral
conducting program, conducted choral ensembles in the School of Music and
frequently appeared as music director of productions by the UI Opera Theater.
He was national president of the American Choral Directors
Association (ACDA) 1991-93, and presently is chair of the ACDA Endowment Trust.
Prior to coming to Iowa he taught at UCLA, the University of Washington and
Pasadena City College.
In the fall of 1996, he took Kantorei to an International
Choral Competition in Tolosa, Spain. Prior to that honor, Kantorei was one
of only five choirs chosen to participate in the 1994 World Choral Festival
in Seoul, South Korea, where they presented concerts over an eight-day period.
In 1990 Kantorei performed
the Mozart "Requiem" with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and other orchestras
in the former Soviet Union, and also gave concerts in Estonia and Finland.
Kantorei has also performed for regional and national conventions of the ACDA
in 1992 and 1993.
Hatcher has published materials on choral skills and choral
arrangements, and he appears frequently as a choral clinician and festival
Milliron holds degrees in vocal music and conducting from
Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. He has also done graduate work
at the University of Arkansas and was a visiting instructor of music at Culver-Stockton
College in Canton, Mo., where he served as interim director of choral activities.
He is concluding his first year of doctoral studies in the choral music program
at the UI.
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