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Release: Feb. 22, 2002

Guest artists from Wartburg College and UNI will present voice recital at UI March 4

Baritone David Katz from Wartburg College in Waverly, Ia., and pianist Kathy Edsill-Charles from the University of Northern Iowa will present a guest recital at the University of Iowa, at 8 p.m. Monday, March 4 in Clapp Recital Hall.

Their recital, which is sponsored by the UI School of Music, will be free and open to the public.

The program will cover a wide variety of vocal styles and 450 years of music history, from the early Baroque period to the works of living composers, and including songs by Antonio Cesti, Giulio Caccini, Mozart, Richard Strauss, Francis Poulenc, John Musto and Libby Larsen.

Katz is a member of the voice faculty and coordinator of the vocal area at Wartburg College, where he teaches applied voice, diction, vocal literature and opera workshop. An active performer, Katz has sung in oratorio, opera and art song, as well as musical theater. He has performed with the Baltimore Opera and the Bach Aria Festival in Stony Brook, N.Y. His recent operatic roles include Demetrius in Benjamin Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and Baron Douphol in Verdi's "La Traviata."

Katz received both master's and doctoral degrees from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where he studied with John Shirley-Quirk and coached with Thomas Grubb, Phyllis Bryn-Julson and Ernest Ligon. His scholarly research has focused on American music and the songs of Charles Ives.

Edsill-Charles is an instructor of piano at UNI. A native of La Porte City, Ia., she has performed in concerts in Europe, the Pacific Northwest and throughout the Midwest. She is a founding member of the Community Music Piano Quartet, which performed throughout the Pacific Northwest, and has appeared as soloist with the Wartburg Symphony. She was featured with the Cedar Rapids Symphony in John Adams' "Grand Pianola Music."

She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from UNI and a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She attended the Robert Pace Pedagogy Institute at Columbia University in New York as a Steinway scholar. She maintains a private studio in Waterloo and is a frequent adjudicator of contests, festivals and auditions.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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