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Jan. 19, 2005

Katherine Eberle Will Perform Dramatic Cantata 'Eleanor Roosevelt' Feb. 6

One of the legendary figures of American history will be recalled in a performance of Libby Larsen's dramatic cantata "Eleanor Roosevelt," part of a faculty recital program that will be presented by mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The performance will be free and open to the public.

For the cantata performance, Eberle will be accompanied by cellist Anthony Arnone from the UI School of Music faculty, clarinetist Heather Bynum and a vocal ensemble of UI music students. The performance will be conducted by Timothy Stalter, the UI director of choral activities.

For the remainder of the program, Eberle will be accompanied by pianist Alan Huckleberry. Together they will perform Larsen's song cycle "Love after 1950" and three songs by Elinor Remick Warren: "When you walk through Woods," "By a Fireside" and "God be in my Heart."

"For years I have been researching women composers and have been a fan of the music of Libby Larsen," Eberle said. "When I found these two major works for mezzo soprano composed by Ms. Larsen, I felt compelled to add them to my repertoire. Since Alan Huckleberry is especially gifted in performing American music, it was only natural to want to perform these pieces with him at the piano.

"The 'Eleanor Roosevelt' cantata is a major 'tour de force' written for speaker and my voice type, and I will both speak and sing in my performance. Eleanor Roosevelt was a tremendously influential person on Americans of her time, and the pairing of Larsen's setting with chorus and instruments will be an innovative way to showcase eight of the voice majors in our vocal program. In addition to Timothy Stalter, who will conduct the ensemble, I will also have the expertise of cellist Anthony Arnone and clarinetist Heather Bynum performing in this stunning cantata.

"Lovers of American history will have a 'field day' re-living Roosevelt's life in this performance."

Larsen is one of America's most prolific and most performed living composers. Her music has been commissioned and premiered internationally by major artists and orchestras. She has held composer residencies at the California Institute of the Arts, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, the Philadelphia School of the Arts, the Cincinnati Conservatory and the Colorado Symphony. She has received many honors and awards, including a 1994 Grammy Award as producer for the CD "The Art of Arleen Auger."

"Eleanor Roosevelt" was commissioned by the New York Concert Singers and premiered in 1996. In each of 14 sections, she speaks about the circumstances that shaped her public and private life as a woman, a wife, a public leader and a tireless and fearless humanitarian. Throughout the piece, the chorus assumes many roles: friends, crowds, individuals and commentators.

"Love after 1950" contains five songs that follow a progression from adolescent fascination to adult love: "Boy's Lips (a blues)," "Blond Men (a torch song)," "Big Sister Says, 1967 (a honky-tonk)," "The Empty Song (a tango)" and "I Make My Magic (Isadora's dance)." "One of the things that attracted me to this grouping of poems was that it felt as a group like a dance set," Larsen wrote. "First of all, the English chosen by the poets is voraciously contemporary. It has in each poem a sense of rhythm about it, which to me is inextricably linked to the ways contemporary bodies move while dancing."

"Love After 1950" was commissioned for mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer by the organization "artistic circles" and premiered in 2000 at the Ravinia Music Festival.

At a time when professional women musicians were an exception -- the first three-quarters of the 20th century -- Elinor Remick Warren had a remarkably successful career as both composer and pianist. In the 1920 she performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and toured as accompanist with opera stars Margaret Matzenauer, Florence Easton and Lawrence Tibbett. Her choral symphony "The Passing of King Arthur" was premiered in 1940 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a nationwide broadcast that established her reputation as an important composer.

Eberle has performed internationally in opera, concert and solo recitals. The Atlanta Constitution wrote, "Katherine Eberle was a standout. More than any other performer, she showed what it takes for a solo performer to command the stage."

In the past 10 years she has performed in more than 125 concerts at international and regional venues, including her 1994 New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She was an Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency doing solo concert tours in South American and Korea 1995-97. Other concert credits include solo performances with symphonies in Detroit, Lansing and Saginaw, Mich.; and Atlanta, Macon, Rome, and Valdosta, Ga. She has given more than 50 solo recitals as a guest artist in 18 states and in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Korea, Peru, St. John and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Eberle's extensive performing schedule has not deterred her active work as a clinician and master class teacher. Since 1990 she has given college-level master classes in the United States, Argentina, Korea, Peru and Brazil. She has appeared as guest lecturer at the Summer Vocology Institute at the National Center for Voice and Speech and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Her high school-level vocal workshops in Iowa have introduced young, aspiring artists to her teaching. In recent summers she has given master classes at the UI All State Music Camp. Her article on "Perceptual Acoustic Assessments" is scheduled for publication in 2006 in the Journal of Voice.

Eberle holds a bachelor's degree from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, a master's from the University of Cincinnati and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. Before coming to the UI she taught at the University of Georgia School of Music for five years, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp for seven years. More information on Eberle can be obtained at her website, http://www.keberle.com.

Huckleberry is an active solo pianist and chamber musician. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and the United States. He is also a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including the first prizes in the German National Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition.

As a chamber musician Huckleberry was the featured pianist at flutist Amy Porter's 2003 summer workshop at the University of Michigan. For the past three summers he has been the faculty chamber music coordinator and faculty pianist for the University of Michigan's All-State program at Interlochen. Prior to his appointment this fall at the UI, Huckleberry taught at the Cologne Conservatory in Germany, the University of Michigan and Albion College in Michigan.

A proponent of contemporary music, Huckleberry has worked extensively with composers Bright Sheng, Michael Torke, Carter Pann, Evan Chambers, John Berners and Tom Schnauber. A collaboration with the German radio station WDR in Cologne, led to a CD of American "crossover" music, which includes works of William Bolcom, William Albright, Pann, Berners and Schnauber. Most recently Huckleberry was invited to perform at "Criss Cross: Conversations about America's Music."

A member of the UI music faculty, Arnone performs as soloist, chamber musician, conductor and teacher throughout the country and around the world. He is a founding member of the Meriden Trio and the Sedgwick String Quartet, which regularly performs at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. He has performed as soloist with the Newton/Mid-Kansas Symphony, the Madison Symphony and the Wichita State University Orchestra. He was principal cellist of the Madison Symphony in Wisconsin 1996-2001, was a member of the Orchestra Philharmonique de Nice and the Wichita Symphony and was principal cellist of the Spoleto Festival in Italy 1992-1997.

Arnone has taught master classes and performed across the country and currently teaches summers at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina and the Stonybrook Music Festival in New York. Before coming to the UI, he held a faculty position at Ripon College in Wisconsin where he taught cello and bass, music theory and chamber music, and conducted the orchestra.

Stalter joined the UI faculty as director of choral activities in 1999. He directs Kantorei, the premier choral ensemble of the School of Music, teaches graduate conducting courses, and administers the graduate program in choral conducting. He has research interests in teaching conducting to undergraduate and graduate students and historical music performance practices. An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, he frequently presents clinics and workshops in choral conducting around the United States.

In addition to conducting and teaching choral music, Stalter is active as a tenor soloist in the United States and abroad. A specialist in the music of the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, he is known for his performances as the Evangelist in the Passions of J.S. Bach and Heinrich Schuetz. He has appeared as tenor soloist with Apollo's Fire, the Newfoundland Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in France, the Robert Shaw Chamber Choir in Atlanta, the Classical Music Seminar and Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. He has recorded as tenor soloist with conductor Robert Shaw on two compact discs released on the Telarc label.

Prior to coming to the UI, Stalter was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Goshen College in Indiana. He received a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, where he studied with renowned choral conductor Robert Fountain, and a master's from the University of Illinois, where he studied with Don Moses, who was UI director of choral activities in the 1980s.

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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