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Release: Oct. 18, 2002

WOMEN’S CHORUS AND CAMERATA SHARE NOV. 3 CONCERT AT UI

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The Women’s Chorus and Camerata, two choral ensembles from the University of Iowa School of Music, will share a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The Women’s Chorus is a select group of approximately 40 women who sing three to four concerts each year. Under the direction of graduate student Paul J. Mayhew, they will perform a selection of classic choral works from Renaissance madrigals to Romantic opera, including two contemporary spirituals and one contemporary setting of poetry by Emily Dickenson. Composers on their program will include Handel, Mozart, 19th-century Italian opera composer Umberto Giordano, and contemporary American composer Michael Larkin.

The accompanist for the Women’s Chorus is graduate student Michael Porter.

Camerata is a mixed chorus that includes both university students and members of the local community. Under the direction of UI graduate student Marc Falk they will present a program titled “Fun and Games: Bestiaries, Nursery Rhymes, and Nonsense from Around the World.”

Falk described Camerata’s program as “based on children’s music and themes, especially ones with a dark adult twist.” The program features “A Renaissance Bestiary,” made up of songs about, or imitating animals by Josquin des Prez, Johann Hermann Schein, Orlando Gibbons and Adriano Banchieri; a Latin-American sampler, with new choral works from Venezuela, Argentina, and El Salvador; three settings of Lewis Carroll texts from “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass”; and “Rikadla” (Nursery rhymes) by Czech composer Leos Janacek.

The performance of “Rikadla” will feature a nine-piece instrumental ensemble as well as video projections of the nursery rhymes.

Graduate student Marion Doherty-Hayden is accompanist for Camerata.

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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