WRITER: ALEX CAREY
CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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Release: April 20, 2001
University Choir will perform at Clapp Recital Hall May 5
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University Choir from the University of Iowa School
of Music will perform a concert conducted by Timothy Stalter at 8 p.m. Saturday,
May 5 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert is free and open
to the public.
Among the diverse selection of compositions the choir will perform during
the three-part concert are Michael Hennagins "Walking on the Green
Grass," Stephen Chatmans "There Is Sweet Music Here,"
Irving Fines "The Lobster Quadrille" and Stephen Fosters
"De Camptown Races."
"This program is all about nature," Stalter said. "The first
section contains pieces that have texts around the theme of natural beauty
and its connection to our emotions and feelings. The second set continues
this theme with student soloists singing pieces about nature. The third set
is again with choir and is centered around animals -- sea animals, birds,
dogs, a wolf, cats and horses. The concert is intended to be a celebration
of nature and its many manifestations."
Oboist Mark Weiger, a faculty member of the School of Music, will be featured
in "There is Sweet Music Here."
Since coming to Iowa in 1988 Weiger has performed as a soloist throughout
the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, Austria, France and Italy; presented
two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York; been a finalist in nine international
competitions; won First Prize in the Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition
(NY); performed double concertos with the Chicago Symphonys former principal
oboist, Ray Still; and presented solo recitals with many other notable oboists.
Weiger is a founding member of the double reed quartet WiZARDS!, which has
released three CDs to critical acclaim, toured 18 states and presented educational
residence programs throughout the West and Midwest. As the first oboist to
serve as an Artistic Ambassador through the U.S. Information Agency, Weiger
performed recitals in Nepal, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan and Sri Lanka.
Stalter joined the UI faculty as director of choral activities in 1999.
He directs Kantorei, the premier choral ensemble of the School of Music, teaches
graduate conducting courses and administers the graduate program in choral
conducting. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association,
he frequently presents clinics and workshops in choral conducting around the
In addition to conducting and teaching choral music, Stalter is active as
a tenor soloist in the United States and abroad. A specialist in the music
of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, he is known for his performances
as the Evangelist in the Passions of J.S. Bach and Heinrich Schuetz.
He has appeared as tenor soloist with the Newfoundland Symphony, the North
Carolina Symphony, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France, the Robert
Shaw Chamber Choir in Atlanta, the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and the
Classical Music Seminar and Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. He has recorded
as tenor soloist with conductor Robert Shaw on two compact discs released
on the Telarc label.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts.
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