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Release: August 23, 2002
SOPRANO ERRANTE RETURNS TO UI FOR GUEST RECITAL SEPT. 6
Valerie Errante, a former guest faculty member at the University of Iowa School
of Music, will return to the UI campus for a guest recital at 8 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 6 in Clapp Recital Hall. With pianist Jeffry Peterson, Errante will
present a program celebrating both the beauty and the frivolity of American
song, from the turn of the 20th century to the present.
Errante and Peterson have been collaborating on programs of song literature
We have this wonderful tendency to choose highly romantic music, and
the first half of our program reflects our romantic souls, Errante said.
The first set, music of John Duke, celebrates love and all that is held
in the promise of the rebirth of spring. The music is joyous and exuberant;
a wonderful opening to a fun evening.
In the second set, we explore the music of four turn-of-the-century
American composers, but the texts here are all in German. Again, the music
is highly romantic and the settings are extremely beautiful.
We made a great effort to find a set by an active contemporary composer,
and the Songs of Love and Longing by Minneapolis composer Stephen
Paulus was a fantastic find. The seven poems of the cycle come from a tradition
of Japanese poetry, and Paulus has captured the essence of each poem in dramatic
and at times, introspective vignettes.
In the second half of our program, we wanted to, purposefully, break
out of our romantic and lyrical mode, and therefore we chose all FUN pieces.
Libby Larsens cowboy songs are a delightful and quirky set of three
songs on cowboy themes. The recipes set by Leonard Bernstein are wonderful
to listen to, but I certainly wouldnt recommend eating the products
of their often startling ingredients. And we close our program with some wonderful
settings by Stephen Foster and Charles Ives.
We enjoy the music and hope that the audience will have as much fun
in hearing it as we have in performing it, Errante said.
Errante joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in
1997. Previously she had taught at the UI, the Folkwang Hochschule fuer Musik
in Essen, Germany, and at Northern Michigan University.
Her singing career has taken her to three continents. After her operatic
debut with Michigan Opera Theater, she was selected for the opera studio of
the Bavarian State Theater of Munich. She sang more than 30 roles in six seasons
as leading coloratura soprano with the opera of the city of Kiel, and has
sung guest appearances in opera and concerts in Italy, Israel and Estonia.
In the United States she has performed with the Rochester Oratorio Society,
the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, the Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Milwaukee
Symphony. She has given performances and lecture-recitals of German art songs
by turn-of- the-century Munich composers
She has recorded with the Bavarian State Radio Orchestra on Ariola/Eurodisc.
Her recording of the songs of Alec Wilder will soon be released by Albany
Errante completed a doctorate vocal performance and literature at the Eastman
School of Music. She is a frequent guest at national conventions, presenting
lecture-recitals on the German Art Song of turn-of- the-century Munich composers.
Peterson is chair of the program in collaborative piano at the University
of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (UWM), where he participated in the International
Art Song Festival since its inception in 1981 and founded the Vocal Arts Series.
Widely known for his work as vocal accompanist, he has performed throughout
the United States and Europe. His recording credits include two collaborations
with Yolanda Marculescu and the three-CD Something to Sing About,
a choral anthology for G. Schirmer. His recent CD with the renowned soprano
Erie Mills, Always Its Spring, has met with critical acclaim.
Peterson earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the University
of Illinois. He received a Fulbright-Hays grant to study Vocal Accompanying
at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna, Austria. While serving in the US Peace
Corps, he taught at the Escuela Nacional de Musica in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Since returning from Austria, he has served on the faculty of the State University
of New York in Fredonia.
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