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Jan. 23, 2003: This event has been cancelled due to illness.
Release: Jan. 10, 2003
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JOSELSON WILL FEATURE MUSIC FOR VOICE, CLARINET AND PIANO JAN. 25
Rachel Joselson will lead off her Jan. 25 University of Iowa faculty recital
with some rarely heard songs for voice, clarinet and piano, performed together
with clarinetist Maurita Murphy Mead and pianist Rose Chancler. Their recital,
at 8 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall, will be free and open to the public.
The program will be presented in three parts: the Six German Songs
for voice, clarinet and piano by the early-Romantic composer Louis Spohr;
La Caverne Decho (Echos cave) for voice and piano
by Jacques Leguerney, a once forgotten French composer whose life spanned
most of the 20th century; and Twelve Poems Of Emily Dickinson
for voice and piano by American Aaron Copland.
I've wanted to collaborate with Maurita again since my first year at
the UI, when we performed Schuberts Shepherd on the Rock
together, Joselson said. The Spohr pieces are uncomplicated but
beautiful songs. Ive coached several of them with my students, but never
had the opportunity to perform. I know Maurita is very fond of them and we
are both looking forward to another collaboration.
Born in 1906, Leguerney began composing songs in the 1930s. Although he worked
with several very prominent French classical singers, he remained almost unknown
and stopped composing in the 1960s. He was rediscovered in the
1970s by American vocal coach Mary Dibbern, who worked personally with the
composer until his death in 1997.
Joselson recently had the opportunity to study and perform Leguerneys
songs with the person who knows them best. I coached the Leguerney songs
this past summer in Paris with Mary Dibbern, with the support of an Old Gold
grant, she said. I performed them in Paris and as far as I know,
this will be their Iowa debut.
Coplands Twelve Poems Of Emily Dickinson are often performed
out of context, as separate songs, but the composer clearly intended for them
to be performed as a complete set .Joselson was attracted to them by the texts.
I find the haunting poetry by Emily Dickinson to be very moving,
she said. Copland's settings are magnificent, and I have wanted to study
and perform them.
Before joining the School of Music faculty in the fall of 1997, Joselson
spent 13 years in Europe performing in opera and concert with theaters and
orchestras in Darmstadt, Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn, Basel, Barcelona, Bilbao,
Braunschweig, Brussels, Kiel, St. Gallen, Trier, and other cities in Germany,
Switzerland and Spain. In this country she has appeared in Atlanta, Indianapolis,
Madison, Johnson City, Tenn., and New Brunswick, N.J.
In the 1995-96 season she had her first engagement at the Metropolitan Opera,
and was engaged by Londons Covent Garden for their 1992 Japan tour with
Mozarts Don Giovanni.
She has performed many of the major soprano roles in the repertoire, including
Leonore in Beethovens Fidelio; Mimi in Puccinis La
Boheme, Micaela in Bizets Carmen, Melisande in Debussys
Pelleas et Melisande, Donna Elvira in Mozarts Don
Giovanni, Tosca, Elisabetta in Verdis Don Carlo, and Eva in Wagners
Meistersingers of Nuremberg. She is currently recording a CD of
the songs of Swiss composer Arthur Honegger. Most recently she performed a
recital of song and arias at the Chicago Cultural Center, debuted Madame
Butterfly with Chicago's American Opera Group, and sang the title role
in Smetanas Bartered Bride with Cedar Rapids Opera Theater.
Chancler has performed throughout the United States as both a soloist and
a collaborative artist. She has played concertos and recitals in Alaska, New
York, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Oklahoma and Massachusetts. She has
played chamber music performances with notable artists, including Paul Rosenthal,
Jeffrey Solow and Harvey Pittel. She has been an invited guest artist and
teacher at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and at Magisterra!, the first
UI International Chamber Music Festival and Academy in May, 2000.
She has held teaching positions at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and
the Baylor University School of Music, and she has been faculty accompanist
at the Chautauqua Institution. She holds a bachelor's degree in piano performance
from the University of Texas at Austin, and masters and doctoral degrees in
piano performance and literature from the Eastman School in Rochester, NY.
At Eastman her teacher was Rebecca Penneys, who was guest of the UI Piano
Festival in 1999.
Mead is in her 19th year teaching clarinet on the faculty of the UI School
of Music, where she is also associate director for graduate studies. She has
been principal clarinet of several Midwestern orchestras, including the Cedar
Rapids Symphony. As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Cleveland
Quartet and other ensembles.
She is secretary of the International Clarinet Association. She has appeared
by invitation as featured soloist at the 1997 and 98 ICA conventions,
at ClarFest 99 in Belgium and ClarFest 2000. Most recently she was a featured
guest artist at the National Clarinet Symposium of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro
and has toured throughout Brazil as a soloist and teacher.
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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