March 12, 2009
UI Camerata Singers will present a free concert March 27
The University of Iowa Camerata singers and conductor David Puderbaugh will present a free concert of varied choral works at 8 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the Congregational United Church of Christ, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.
Graduate student Ann DuHamel, the ensemble's pianist, will accompany the performance, which will also feature student soloists throughout the concert.
The performance will begin with Mozart's "Litany of Loreto," K109, the first of two such litanies for chorus, soloists and orchestra that Mozart composed. The "Litany of Loreto" was highly popular in the 18th century. Mozart's first setting is unpretentious and compact, yet has an appealing Mozartean elegance and lyricism.
Camerata will next perform three anthems from Tudor England. Thomas Tallis' "If ye love me" is one of the most performed Renaissance English-language works. Less well-known but just as beautiful, Tallis' "Hear the voice and prayer" is a gentle prayer for protection and guidance. Richard Farrant's "Call to remembrance" is a stirring plea for mercy.
Two works by Robert Schumann will illustrate two distinct musical styles, based on different European cultures. "Es ist verraten" (It is betrayed) is from a cycle of part songs inspired by the music of Spain, set in the style of a bolero. "Zigeunerleben" (Gypsy life) aptly captures the atmosphere and mystique associated with the Gypsy people.
Estonian composer Veljo Tormis aims to recapture the tradition of Finno-Ugric folksongs. Camerata will perform "Nostalgia," a set of five old Estonian songs. Through unresolved and unconventional harmonic progressions, Tormis aptly captures the nostalgia of a person who remembers wistfully the innocence of his or her youth.
Dale Warland's "American Child" was commissioned by the Iowa Choral Directors Association. An accomplished composer, Warland is widely known as one of America's preeminent choral conductors.
The concert will end with Byron Smith's "Shout Glory!"
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 visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/CONDpuderbaugh.htm.
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