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April 24, 2009

Kantorei and University Choir share concert program May 9

Kantorei and the University Choir, two of the choral organizations at the University of Iowa School of Music, will share the program for their final concerts of the 2008-09 academic year at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in the second-floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The concert, under the direction of two doctoral students in the UI School of Music, will be free and open to the public.

University Choir is a select, advanced choir of about 60 singers, primarily undergraduate students. Under the direction of Larua Wiebe, they will present a varied program of sacred and secular choral music. Highlights will include English and Italian madrigals, a rarely performed work by French composer Gabriel Fauré, and humorous choruses by American composer Irving Fine on texts from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland."

The complete program will be:

--"O stay, sweet love" by John Farmer.
--"Cedan l'antiche tue chiare vittorie" by Luca Marenzio.
--"Les Djinns," op. 12, by Fauré.
--"Ave Maria" by Igor Stravinsky.
--The spirituals "Sometimes I Feel" and "Dere's No Hidin' Place," as arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw.
--"O Süsser Mai" and "Der bucklichte Fiedler" by Johannes Brahms.
--"The Lobster Quadrille" and "Father William" from Fine's "Three Choruses from 'Alice in Wonderland'."

Kantorei is the School of Music's premiere choral ensemble, comprised of 28 singers, most of whom are graduate students. It is the touring ensemble of the university and gives 4 or 5 concerts per year on campus as well as a number of touring performances. They will perform under the direction of Noah DeLong.

The first portion of the Kantorei program consists of various musical settings from the book of Psalms. The centerpiece of the program is Aaron Copland's "In the Beginning," an extended a cappella setting of the creation account found in the first two chapters of Genesis. The program concludes with Gwyneth Walker's "God's Grandeur," a setting of three poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Kantorei's complete program will be:

--"Sing Joyfully" by William Byrd.
--"Jauchzet dem Herrn" by Heinrich Schütz.
--"Richte mich, Gott" by Felix Mendelssohn.
--"By the Waters of Babylon" by Edwin Fissinger.
--Copland's "In the Beginning."
--"God's Grandeur" by Walker.

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