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April 24, 2009

Choral ensembles will wrap up the semester's activities with May 8 concert

Graduate students in choral conducting will lead Camerata and the Women's Chorale -- two of the choral groups from the University of Iowa School of Music -- in a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, in the second-floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The concert, under the direction of doctoral students in choral conducting at the School of Music, will be the final performance of the semester for both ensembles.

Camerata Singers is a select ensemble of about 60 singers, including students from the university as well as members of the community at large. They will perform under the direction of Trevor Loes.

Works on the Camerata program will be:

--"Exultate Deo" by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
--"Round Me Falls the Night" by Vincent Persichetti.
--"O Thou That Art the Light" by Gabriel Jackson.
--"Bring Res, Sweet Dreaming Child" by Tarik O'Regan, featuring Pam Carrasco, who teaches harp at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City and frequently performs with orchestras and touring musicians throughout the Midwest.
--A setting of the 23rd Psalm by Bobby McFerrin.
--Three movements from the "Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes" by Johannes Brahms, with graduate students Ann DuHamel and Noah DeLong, piano.
--"The Stove" by Zae Munn.
--"Two for the Price of One," arranged by Andrew Carter.
--"Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" by Gerald Finzi.
--"Homeland," arranged by Z. Randall Stroope.
--"Alma Caribe" by Juan Tony Guzman.

"This is a program that incorporates a great deal of variety and quality repertoire for truly everyone to enjoy," Loes said. "I am particularly excited to introduce relatively new works by the contemporary composers Gabriel Jackson, Tarik O'Regan, Bobby McFerrin and Tony Guzman."

The Women's Chorale is an ensemble of approximately 24 singers, providing a choral experience for undergraduate women at the UI. They will perform under the direction of Scott Allison. Piano accompaniments will be by UI music student Matt Erpelding.

Works on their program will be:

--"Echo Song" by Orlando di Lasso.
--"View Me, Lord, a Work of Thine from Thoughts and Remembrances" by Jackson Berkey.
--"Tota pulchra es" from Four Motets by Maurice Durufle.
--Gloria from "Heiligmesse" by Joseph Haydn, arranged for women's voices by Benjamin Suchoff.
--"Tantum ergo" by Hector Berlioz.
--"In the Beginning" by Imant Raminsh.
--Slovak folksong "Tancuj, Tancuj," arranged by Miroslav Raichl.
--Estonian folksong "Lauliku lapsepoli," arranged bu by Veljo Tormis.
--South African Suite, three folksongs arranged by Henry Leck.
--The spiritual "Sometimes I feel like a motherless child," arranged by Michael Neaum.
--The spiritual "I'm Goin' Up a Yonder," arranged by Martin Sirvatka.

"The first half of our performance will feature pieces from Western classical music and the second half will be folksongs from various cultures," Allison said. "The folksongs allowed opportunities for current faculty and former students to share some specialized knowledge with the singers. Jitka Sonkova provided diction coaching and demonstrated the dance that will be performed in the concert, as is usually done in conjunction with this folksong. David Puderbaugh provided diction coaching for the soloist on the Estonian folksong, and former UI graduate student Allyss Haecker provided diction coaching and dances for the South African Folksongs."

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

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