2016-2017 Season Announcement!

From the Director

Welcome to another groundbreaking year with the Chamber Singers of Iowa City. Much has changed since our inaugural season in 1971, but one thing that hasn’t is the region’s dedication to supporting a flourishing artistic community. We are thrilled to be a part of it and can’t wait to present our 46th season to you, our loyal audience. We have a tremendous season planned, from the sublimity of Mozart to music of our own time that uplifts and inspires the soul. I am excited to join the singers in bringing these concerts to the stage and am confident you will enjoy them immensely. Thank you for your continued support of CSIC. Through the generosity of our patrons and sponsors, we have shared our love of choral music with Iowa audiences for forty-five years. With your help, we will continue singing for at least forty-five more!

See you in the seats!

David Puderbaugh

Music Director



Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2


Wednesday, September 28, 7:30pm

Hancher Auditorium

Our season launches with the grand re-opening of the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium in a performance of Mahler’s masterful ode to the afterlife. CSIC joins the UI Symphony Orchestra — and choirs from UI, Coe College, and Kirkwood Community College — in this once-in-a-lifetime musical event under the baton of William LaRue Jones.

Admission is free; this concert is not part of CSIC’s season ticket package.


A Candlelight Christmas

Sunday, December 11, 3:00pm

First United Methodist Church, 220 E. Jefferson Street, Iowa City

Celebrate the promise of the upcoming holiday season through traditional carols and new favorites. This concert will feature Benjamin Britten’s beloved A Ceremony of Carols for choir and harp, new Christmas anthems by local composer Peter Bloesch, and a rousing finish with Craig Courtney’s A Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas. Share the warmth and the glow of the holiday season with CSIC.

Eternal Light

Sunday, March 5, 3:00pm

First United Methodist Church, 220 E. Jefferson Street, Iowa City

From the deep dark of winter comes our concert celebrating the transcendent, ethereal radiance of light in all its literal and figurative forms. CSIC will explore the subject through the work of some of the most beloved 20th-century composers such as Herbert Howells and Latvian superstar Ēriks Ešenvalds before finishing with Morten Lauridsen’s effervescent Lux Aeterna for choir and organ.


Sunday, May 14, 3:00pm

City High School Opstad Auditorium, 1900 Morningside Drive, Iowa City

The season comes to a rousing close with two festive works for chorus, soloists, and orchestra: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessor and Coronation Mass. The Vespers is famous for its lilting soprano solo, “Laudate Dominum,” while the Coronation Mass is widely considered one of Mozart’s finest settings of the liturgy. Both works bubble with the composer’s infectious optimism and joy in the impressive Opstad Auditorium.