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Sept. 7, 2006

Mezzo-soprano Eberle will present a faculty recital on Sept. 17

Mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle will present "Singing Solo," a University of Iowa faculty recital, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. Eberle will be assisted by pianist Marian Lee. Their performance will be free and open to the public.

The program for the recital will feature songs of Henri Duparc, Eduardo Toldra, Irving Fine, Jerry Sieg, Lori Laitman and Richard Pearson Thomas.

"This art song recital offers a collection of 20th and 21st century works for solo voice, and piano set to English, Latin, Spanish and French texts," Eberle said. "These song texts and music illuminate the diversity of art song repertoire that captures the entire emotional gamut from seduction to loss, from comedy to tragedy, and moves from the religious to the sublime.

"Since I don't like to repeat well-worn standard songs from the repertoire, I have included songs with interesting harmonies, rhythmic devices, and soaring melodies. The program will travel through many styles and genres. There are huge 'scenas' where drama will capture the emotions of the audience, and also short strophic songs that have hauntingly beautiful folk melodies.

"All the songs are my 'favorites' of the moment, but I especially enjoy performing the cabaret Songs by Richard Pearson Thomas, a New York composer who has performed at our campus a number of times and whose song cycle 'Ladies of their Nights and Days' I performed two years ago in Iowa City.

This program and its vocal fireworks are a contribution to the School of Music's 100th Anniversary."

Eberle joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1990 after five years of teaching at the University of Georgia. A specialist in art song, oratorio, chamber music and opera, she has performed in the United States and abroad, including more than 80 engagements with orchestras, choral organizations, and chamber music groups. For more information, see or

Marian Lee has appeared as recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician in Western Europe, the former Soviet Union, South America, Asia, as well as in major cities throughout the United States. For a more extensive biography and other information, see

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