CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 8, 1999
American Boychoir spans the centuries in Oct. 24 Hancher
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The American Boychoir, "the Nation's
Favorite Concert Choir," will span the centuries in a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 24 in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.
The concert will be preceded by lobby performances
featuring three local children's choirs -- from Willowind School in Iowa City,
and the Johnson School of the Arts and St. Pius X School in Cedar Rapids.
The performances by the local choirs will begin when the lobby opens at 2:15
The American Boychoir matinee concert conducted by
music director James Litton will be presented in three sections: "Great Works
for Boys' Voices from Many Centuries," "Folk Songs and Art Songs," and "Songs
and Spirituals from America." The repertoire ranges from European sacred works
by Scarlatti, Purcell and Haydn; through South African folk songs and Eastern
European folk songs scored by Bartok; to medleys of spirituals and Gershwin
Founded in 1937, the American Boychoir makes more
than 200 appearances and four to five major tours annually, making it the
most active touring vocal ensemble in the country. Its performances have included
collaborations with the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic and
the Boston Symphony; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; trumpeter Wynton Marsalis; and opera
singers Jessye Norman, Frederica von Stade and Kathleen Battle.
A New York Times review has praised the choir for
"voices so powerful, so pitch perfect, so artistically exquisite."
The choir has appeared numerous times on NBC-TVs "Today"
Show, is featured on 16 recordings and can be seen regularly on PBS in the
documentary "Journey of Butterfly," based on the holocaust memorial composition
"I Never Saw Another Butterfly," written specifically for the American Boychoir.
Litton has been music director of the American Boychoir
for 14 seasons, developing a reputation as one of America's most prominent
vocal conductors and as a leading specialist in children's vocal techniques.
In addition to his work in the United States, including work at the Tanglewood
Festival and the Lincoln Center Festival, he has been featured at festivals
in Germany, Denmark, Latvia, France, Poland, Taiwan, South Korea and South
He has served on the faculties of the Westminster
Choir College of Rider University, the Princeton Theological Seminary, the
Virginia Theological University and the University of the South. He is one
of only six Americans to become a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music.
Corporate sponsor of the American Boychoir is Group
5 Hospitality/Radisson Highlander Plaza, with media support from KHAK-PM/KDAT-FM/KRNA-FM
through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets to the American Boychoir are $22.50, $20 and
$17.50. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount,
with Zone 3 tickets available to UI students for $10. Tickets for audience
members 17 and younger are half price.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays,
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or
outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois
is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction.
People with special needs for access, seating and
auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered
by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking,
wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The
line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that
The entire 1999-2000 Hancher season -- including the
season-spanning Millennium Festival, the nation's most ambitious and extensive
performing-arts millennium celebration -- is detailed in a free brochure,
"At This Moment," which is available from the Hancher administrative offices
(319-335-1130) or the Hancher box office.
Learn more about the American Boychoir on the World
Wide Web at <http://www.princetonol.com/groups/boychoir>.
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