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Jan. 13, 2009

Eberle and Hand will present works for voice and organ Jan. 25

Mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle will perform a concert of sacred repertoire for voice and organ in a University of Iowa faculty recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the First Presbyterian Church, 2701 Rochester Ave. in Iowa City.

Eberle will be assisted by organist Gregory Hand and the men of Chamber Singers of Iowa City with David Puderbaugh, conductor. Their performance will be free and open to the public.

Hand and Puderbaugh are both members of the UI music faculty.

The complete program will be:

--Psalm 84 from "Praise Unending" by Simon Sargon.
--"Les Angélus," op. 57, by the 20th-century French composer Louis Vierne.
--"Pie Jesu" from the Requiem by French composer Maurice Duruflé, composed in the 1940s.
--Duruflé's Mass "Cum Jubilo" in a reduction by the composer for one voice and organ.
--Two chorales for solo organ by Johannes Brahms, performed by Hand.
--Brahmss' "Alto Rhapsody" for contralto and men's chorus, performed with Puderbaugh and the Chamber Singers.

"I hope to introduce my audience to some sacred repertoire far off the beaten track of the typical art-song recital," Eberle said.

"The program will include an entire mass by Duruflé. This music is extremely beautiful, dramatic and emotional, which will delight those that cherish sacred music for the voice. Though the School of Music is displaced from Clapp Recital Hall by flood damage, the First Presbyterian Church of Iowa City has graciously allowed us to perform using their excellent organ, thanks to their music director, Darlene Bergman."

This is the first collaboration for Eberle and Hand, who have planned future concert engagements in Wisconsin and Illinois as well as other concerts to follow abroad.

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. In the past 10 years, she has performed more than 45 professional engagements with orchestras, choral organizations and chamber music groups. For more information, see or Eberle's personal Web page,

Hand is in his first year at the UI School of Music. He served as University Chapel Organist at Northwestern University, where he also taught music theory. He holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan. He has participated in several international organ competitions, including the Grand Prix de Chartres (France), St. Albans (England), Prix André Marchal (France) and the Dublin International Organ Competition. He is also active as a harpsichordist and continuo player. See:

Puderbaugh joined the UI faculty in 2006 as assistant director of choral activities. He conducts the Camerata Singers and teaches graduate choral literature and undergraduate choral conducting. He received a bachelor's degree from Drake University, a master's degree from the University of Missouri and a doctorate from the UI. His interest in Estonian choral music led to a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research on that country's national song festivals. For more information, see

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

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