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Release: March 29, 2001
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents April 17 Hancher-sponsored
concert at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform
works by Beethoven, Villa-Lobos, Debussy and mystical contemporary English
composer John Tavener at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 in Clapp Recital Hall on
the University of Iowa campus, presented by Hancher Auditorium.
In various configurations, soprano Heidi Grant Murphy, flutist Ransom Wilson,
violinist Ida Kavafian, violist Paul Neubauer and harpist Heidi Lehwalder
will perform Beethovens Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola; the Suite
for Soprano and Violin by Villa-Lobos; Debussys Sonata for Flute, Viola
and Harp; and "To a Child Dancing in the Wind" for Soprano, Flute,
Viola and Harp by Tavener, set to a poem by Yeats.
Before the concert, the City High Madrigal Singers of Iowa City, under the
direction of Greg Grove, will perform two choral works by Tavener, beginning
at 7:30 p.m. in the Clapp lobby.
Ransom Wilson will conduct a flute master class at 7 p.m. Monday, April
16 in Clapp Recital Hall. Beginning as a protege of Jean-Pierre Rampal, Wilson
has become Americas most-recorded classical flutist and is the winner
of two Grammy Awards. The public is welcome to observe the master class, free
Works by Beethoven, Debussy and Villa-Lobos are staples of the concert repertoire,
but the works that will be performed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln
Center are rarely performed in concert because of the unusual vocal/instrumental
combinations they require.
Taveners compositions, with their neo-medieval aura, have been increasingly
performed and recorded in recent years. A devout follower of the Russian Orthodox
Church, Tavener strives for the purity of expression found in chant and other
early musics. His work is often compared to that of contemporary Estonian
composer Arvo Part, who also takes inspirations from deep, traditional religious
faith and medieval musical sources.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Artistic Director David Shifrin
says of this springs tour concert: "This program centers on Debussys
unique Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp. This sonata was one of three completed
sonatas from a set of six that Debussy had intended to write during his final
"The incredible range and colors of this work have inspired numerous
composers to write for the same ensemble. In Taveners case he added
the wonderful dimension of the human voice. This was our opportunity to weave
the great artistry of Heidi Grant Murphy into the mix of the program."
Murphy, who has been described as "a shimmering soprano with an enchanting
stage presence," emerged from the Metropolitan Operas Young Artist
Development Program into a career that has already taken her to the stages
of the Met, the Salzburg Festival, the Frankfurt Opera, the Netherlands Opera,
the Tanglewood Festival, the Opera National de Paris and the Santa Fe Opera.
She has been engaged as soloist with orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic,
the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the
Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra
and the St. Louis Symphony.
A New York Newsday critic wrote, ""There are not many singers
more qualified to represent the forces of heaven among us: With her silvery
voice and porcelain refinement, Murphy radiates purity."
For more than three decades the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
has been the resident company at Lincoln Center devoted to the creation and
performance of chamber music. Its pioneering structure -- a core group of
distinguished Artist Members augmented by invited guests -- creates the flexibility
to present concerts and tours of every instrumentation, style and historical
In 1999, in honor of the organizations 30th anniversary, Musical America
selected the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as its Ensemble of the
The organization now presents more than 100 concerts each season, including
approximately 45 concerts outside New York City. The Hancher-presented concert
in Clapp Recital Hall is part of a 10-city tour for this Chamber Music Society
of Lincoln Center ensemble.
The Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation of Marshalltown is the sponsor of the Chamber
Music Society of Lincoln Center concert, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets are $28 ($10 for UI students, $22.40 for senior citizens and $14
for audience members 17 and younger) from the Hancher box office.
Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.
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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 technology.
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