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Feb. 14, 2007

March 2 Kantorei Concert Travels From Renaissance England To Modern Finland

Kantorei, the top vocal ensemble at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert, under the direction of David Puderbaugh, will be free and open to the public.

The program extends from the music of 16th-century English madrigalists Thomas Weelkes and Thomas Morley, to music by the living Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, as well as geographical and chronological points between. The complete program will be:

-- "Rejoice in the Lord alway" and "Man that is born of a woman" by English Baroque composer Henry Purcell (1658-1695);

-- "Osterdialog" (Easter dialog) and "Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes" (The heavens tell the honor of God) by German Baroque composer Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672);

-- "Hark, All Ye Lovely Saints Above" and "Death Hath Deprived Me" by Weelkes (c.1576-1623);

--Morley's "Nolo mortem peccatoris" (I do not want the death of a sinner) and "Hard by a Crystal Fountain";

--"Taaveti Laulud" ("David's songs") by Estonian composer Cyrillus Kreek (1889-1962); and

-- "Suite de Lorca" by Rautavaara (born in 1928).

Puderbaugh commented on the program: "The first half features works by two early Baroque composers: England's Henry Purcell and Germany's Heinrich Schütz. Purcell's 'Rejoice in the Lord alway' is popularly known as the 'Bell Anthem' for its opening music. It will be followed with Purcell's poignant funeral anthem 'Man that is born of a woman.'

"The text of Schütz's 'Osterdialog' is the biblical encounter between Mary Magdalene and the newly risen Christ, in which Mary fails initially to recognize Christ. In Schütz's setting, the women of the choir represent Mary while the men represent Jesus. The piece is notable for the unorthodox harmonic turn it takes at the moment of Mary's final recognition of Jesus.

"The second half of the program begins with works by the two Tudor Renaissance composers. Weelkes' 'Hark, All Ye Lovely Saints Above' is a sterling example of the English madrigal with its frequent 'fa la la' refrain, and the haunting 'Death hath Deprived Me' was composed in 1603 as an elegy on the death of the composer's close friend Thomas Morley the previous year.

"Morley's 'Nolo mortem peccatoris' is one of his most sublime anthems, with a Latin and English text describing Jesus' submission to his Father's will at the crucifixion. In contrast, 'Hard by a Crystal Fountain' is a joyous tribute to Queen Elizabeth I.

"The program closes with two sets of works by composers from the region bordering the Baltic Sea. Kreek is one of Estonia's most notable composers, active in the first half of the 20th century. Between 1914 and 1944 he composed seven settings of the Psalms. Although these hauntingly beautiful works are among his most performed works in Estonia today, they were suppressed by the communist authorities for more than 40 years because of their sacred texts and the 'bourgeois' tendencies of their composer.

"Just 60 miles across the Gulf of Finland, Rautavaara composed his 'Suite de Lorca' in 1973, a set of four poems by the Spanish Civil War-era poet Federico García Lorca. Through vivid text-painting and harmonic language, Rautavaara accurately captures the wide range of Lorca's poetic imagery, creating a striking and memorable partnership of text and music."

Puderbaugh joined the UI faculty as assistant director of choral activities in 2006. He received a bachelor's degree from Drake University, a master's degree and doctorate from the UI. His research interest in Estonian choral music led him in a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct dissertation research on that country's national song festivals during the Soviet occupation. For more information, see: http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/CONDpuderbaugh.htm

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846; peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.

PHOTOS of Kantorei are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa/photos.html. A PHOTO of Puderbaugh is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/highrespics/puderbaugh.jpg