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IU Jacobs School of Music releases 'Song Tapestry' CD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announces the release of the double-CD set Song Tapestry on the IU Music label.

The collection of works features Associate Professor of Voice Patricia Stiles, mezzo-soprano, and colleagues from the Jacobs School in songs that represent a wide range of cultures and languages, touching on themes of nature, love, conflict, dreams, death and God.

The compositions were written by eight current and past composers from the Jacobs School of Music -- David N. Baker, Thomas Beversdorf, Don Freund, Marian L. Harrison, Emile Naoumoff, Edwin Penhorwood, P. Q. Phan and Sven-David Sandstrom -- who set to music poetry that spans seven centuries.

"In 2003, I was the privileged recipient of an Arts and Humanities Grant from Indiana University to record songs composed by colleagues from the Jacobs School of Music," said Stiles. "I am so fortunate to be surrounded by composers of great originality and freshness, and my search for new music required me to reach out to colleagues whom I did not know in order to ask if they might have songs for a mezzo-soprano. I feel very honored by the faith of the composers who entrusted their works to me and by those who either wrote, rewrote or reworked songs for this project.

"Song Tapestry is the product of learning, rehearsing and recording these very individual creations," she said. "This rich and colorful tapestry is spun from surprises, new friends and songs which speak the truth and which speak to the heart."

The works on the CD were recorded between 2002 and 2007 in Auer Hall by Jacobs Recording Arts Director Konrad Strauss and students in the program.

The CD is available for purchase from the Jacobs School's MarketPlace Web site: www.indiana.edu/~mrktpl/.