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April 17, 2003

University Choir Presents Works April 27

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The University Choir from the University of Iowa School of Music will present works by Renaissance, Romantic and contemporary composers during their spring concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 27 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of UI graduate student Andrew Percifield, will be free and open to the public.

The concert will open with a Renaissance set featuring a cappella sacred works on themes of praise, longing and love. The composers on this portion of the program will be Hans Leo Hassler from Germany, Giovanni Palestrina from Italy and Thomas Tallis from England.

Before the intermission, the University Choir will also sing Josef Rheinberger's "Stabat Mater," a brief setting of the Latin text with harmonies in the choral and orchestral parts that passionately depict the crucifixion.

The second half of the concert opens with two contrasting secular German Romantic pieces by Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann, both performed with piano.

For the final set, American composer and singer Ysaye Barnwell's "Wanting Memories" uses intricate rhythms and unique sounds from the tenor and bass voices to depict a text about learning to find beauty in a broken world.

The concert will close with a piece by Iowan Ben Allaway, choir director and composer-in-residence at First Christian Church in Des Moines. "Freedom Come" from "Bandari: Inside These Walls" is modeled after an African tribal tradition that uses singing to settle conflicts and build social connections between individuals, families, or entire tribes.

The composer describes "Freedom Come" as written in the "style of a South African freedom song; one that creates an atmosphere in which hope can increase, healing can occur, and connections to our common humanity can be strengthened."

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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