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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 20, 2005

UI School Of Music Presents Annual 'Choral Collage' Oct. 7

The University of Iowa School of Music will present its annual "Choral Collage," a gala concert featuring four vocal ensembles -- the Women's Chorus, University Choir, Kantorei and Camerata Singers -- at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

Timothy Stalter, the director of choral activities at the School of Music, said he likes to start the year by giving each group the chance to perform a short program. "We like to do this to give each group something to work for early in the year -- a focus for their efforts before November," he said.

"Since no single group has to carry a whole concert, each can concentrate on a few pieces and polish something early on, without having to do too much. That is beneficial to the conductors and singers alike. And it also gives us all an extra opportunity to perform during the fall."

The relatively brief concert will also give the audience an opportunity to sample a variety of choral repertoire, as presented by the four groups. This year's program ranges from Renaissance sacred works to spirituals and humorous contemporary pieces.

Kantorei, directed by Stalter, will perform the "Gloria" from the Mass for five voices by William Byrd, "La blanche neige" (Black snow) by Francis Poulenc and "Thule, the period of cosmography" by Thomas Weelkes.

The University Choir, also directed by Stalter, will sing "Mary Hynes" from "Reincarnations" by Samuel Barber. "Father William" based on a text from "Alice in Wonderland" by Irving Fin; and "Christus factus est" by Anton Bruckner.

Camerata Singers, directed by Timothy Dickey, will perform "An die Musik" (To music) by Franz Schubert, "Musica, Dei donum optimi" by Orlando Lassus, the spiritual "Li'l David, play on your harp" and "Geographical fugue" by Ernst Toch.

Women's Choir, directed by graduate assistant Anne Lyman, will sing "O Swallow, Swallow" by Gustav Holst, "Sanctus" and "Agnus Dei" from "Messe Basse" (Low mass) by Gabriel Faure and "Te Quiero" by Favero.

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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