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Release: April 11, 2002

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UI Kantorei Will Present Wide-Ranging Program April 25

Kantorei, the premiere vocal ensemble at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present music ranging from Renaissance madrigals to a contemporary Psalm setting on a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

UI graduate assistant David Puderbaugh will conduct the concert, which will be free and open to the public.

The program will be in five sections:
-- Selections from "The Triumphs of Oriana," a collection of madrigals that was published in 1603 in honor of England's Queen Elizabeth I;
-- "Litaniae Lauretanae" (Litany of Loretto), K109, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, to be performed with a organ and a small string orchestra;
-- "Vier Zigeunerlieder" (Four gypsy songs), op. 112, by Johannes Brahms;
-- "Three Elizabethan Partsongs" by Ralph Vaughan Williams ; and
-- "Praise Him with the Timbrel" (from Psalm 150) by 20th-century Czech composer Vaclav Nelhybel.

The title of "The Triumphs of Oriana" refers to Queen Elizabeth I, who was referred to in literature by a number of honored names, including Oriana. Each madrigal in the collection ends with the phrase "Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana: long live fair Oriana."

The "Litaniae Lauretana" was composed when Mozart was only 15 years old. The text is a Marian litany, a series of petitions to the Virgin Mary in which she is referred to by phrases such as "Mystic Rose," "Queen of Angels" and "Mirror of Justice." Mozart's music is unpretentious and straightforward in its character.

Nelhybel was born in Czechoslovakia and held positions in Prague and Munich before emigrating to the U.S. in 1957. His choral compositional style is largely instrumentally conceived, as shown by the intense rhythmic quality of his choral works. "Praise Him with the Timbrel" is part of a four-movement setting of Psalm 150, published in 1977.

Kantorei is the premier choral ensemble of the School of Music. It is a touring ensemble of approximately 30 singers, most of whom are graduate students. Kantorei presents four or five concerts on campus each year, tours to off-campus performances and participates in major choral works with the University Symphony. Past tours have been international, including performances in Russia, Korea and Spain.

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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