April 29, 2011
UI School of Music spotlights four choirs in two days
The University of Iowa School of Music will spotlight four of its choral ensembles in two semester-ending concerts on consecutive days in the Riverside Recital Hall: The Camerata Singers and the Women's Chorale will share a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, and the Kantorei and the University Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7.
Camerata is an ensemble of 50-70 singers that is unique among UI choirs: It is open to both UI students and singers from the community.
On May 6 the Camerata will be conducted by graduate student Peter Grau, with the assistance of pianists, string players and organists, featuring several selections that welcome spring:
The spring theme will be continued by the Women's Chorale, a select chorus of 40 students, which will be conducted by graduate student Jacquelyn Zwiefel, with accompanist Noah DeLong:
On May 7 the Kantorei, conducted by graduate student Michael Schnack, with sing two of the rarely performed choruses from the controversial opera "The Death of Klinghoffer" by John Adams.
"Hagar and the Angel" and the "Night Chorus" are two of the ensemble pieces that provide context and commentary to the story of the 1985 hijacking of the Mediterranean passenger liner Achille Lauro, which led to the murder of wheelchair-bound American Leon Klinghoffer.'
Also included on the Kantorei program are two choruses from Leoncavallo's verismo opera "Pagliacci" (based, like "Klinghoffer," on a real-life murder case of the time), Brahms's Three Secular Choruses and two choruses from "Chimes" by Russian composer Valery Gavrilin.
Kantorei is the premier choral ensemble of the UI School of Music, consisting of about 30 graduate students.
The larger University Choir, conducted by graduate student Matthew Erpelding, will feature the world premiere of Erpelding's spring-themed "Rain Music," composed on a rhythmically lively text by early 20th-century African-American poet Joseph Seamon Cotter Jr.
Other works on the University Choir program are:
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