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Oct. 4, 2007

Photo: The University of Iowa Camerata Singers, a choral group that brings together university students and members of the local community, will present their first concert of the 2007-08 season at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Camerata Singers presents their season-opening concert Oct. 20

The University of Iowa Camerata Singers, a choral group that brings together university students and members of the local community, will present their first concert of the 2007-08 season at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of David Puderbaugh, will be free and open to the public.

"This concert represents a long span of time, from the English Renaissance to modern-day Estonia," Puderbaugh said. "Of the English madrigals we will perform, John Farmer's 'Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting Alone' and John Bennet's 'Weep, O Mine Eyes' are two of the most popular selections for today's choirs. The madrigal by Francis Pilkington, 'Amyntas with his Phyllis Fair,' which is less well-known, treats the same topic from Greek mythology as the others."

A major work on the program will be the Mass in B-flat major, known as the "St. Joseph Mass," by the 17th- and 18th-century Viennese composer Antonio Caldara. The performance, accompanied by strings and organ, will feature student soloists Brittanie Bagby, soprano; Vivien Shotwell, alto; Lynn Maxfield, tenor; and Joseph Ellickson, bass.

Other works on the program will be:
--"Sure on This Shining Night" by the American composer Samuel Barber with Ann Duhamel, piano.
--Three Motets, op. 2, by Edward Elgar.
--Three works by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis: "Kutse Jaanitulele II" (Call to the midsummer bonfire) from "Estonian Calendar Songs"; "Meil Aiaäärne Tänavas" (In our village lane) from "Five Favorite Estonian Songs"; and "Pärismaalase Lauluke" (Aboriginal song).

"Veljo Tormis is, next to Arvo Pärt, arguably Estonia's preeminent modern composer," Puderbaugh noted. "His output is predominantly choral, and derives its inspiration from Estonian folk music and poetry. 'Kutse Jaanitulele' is a traditional musical call to participate in the revelry of St. John's Day (Midsummer Day), Estonia's most important holiday.

"'Pärismaalase Lauluke' is actually a protest song, written in 1981, a period of deepening repression in the Soviet Union. Its one-word text is the Polynesian 'tabu,' predecessor in meaning and appearance to the English word 'taboo.' In the Soviet Union, the practice of subsuming small ethnic enclaves into the greater amorphous Soviet society was an unspoken, 'tabu' policy, and Tormis meant the song to be a critical commentary on it."

Puderbaugh joined the UI faculty as assistant director of choral activities in 2006. He conducts Camerata and teaches graduate choral literature. He received a bachelor's degree from Drake University, a master's degree from the University of Missouri and doctorate from the UI. His research interest in Estonian choral music led 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.

Camerata Singers is one of the major choral ensembles of the UI School of Music. It has 50 to 70 singers, including university students and members of the local community, and presents three concerts on campus each year.

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

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