CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Iowa Brass Quintet will play Baroque and contemporary music April 27
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Brass Quintet from the University of Iowa School
of Music will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Clapp
Recital Hall on the UI campus. The program will include an early Baroque piece
and four compositions from the 20th century.
The early piece is an arrangement of "Canzona a 5 super 'O Nachbar Roland'
" (roughly translated "Canzona in five parts on the song 'Neighbour
Roland' ") by Samuel Scheidt, a German composer of the 17th century.
One of the most distinguished German composers of his generation, Scheidt
was organist and court music director in Halle, Germany.
The four contemporary works will be "The Golyardes' Grounde" by
Malcolm Forsyth; "Music for Brass Instruments" by Ingolf Dahl; "Four
Outings for Brass" by Andre Previn; and the Divertimento of Karel Husa.
Because the brass quintet is a relatively modern development, most of its
original repertoire has been written in the 20th century. In the last few
years, it has become an extremely popular medium, due in part to the popularity
of groups including the Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass.
Golyardes' Ground was written for the Canadian Brass and is a short, virtuosic
piece built on a repeating bass pattern. Forsyth was principal trombonist
with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and currently is professor of composition
at the University of Alberta.
Dahl's Music for Brass Instruments was written in 1944 and is considered
one of the major works in the brass ensemble genre. The Iowa Brass Quintet
will perform the optional sextet instrumentation, adding bass trombone to
the normal quintet configuration. Graduate student Donn Schaefer will play
the bass trombone.
Previn's "Four Outings" is dedicated to John Fletcher, the late
tuba virtuoso who distinguished himself as a member of the London Symphony
and solo tuba with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. The work includes unmistakable
jazz elements, reflecting Previn's career as a jazz pianist.
The Divertimento by Czech composer Karel Husa is rhythmic, vigorous music.
Like many of the composer's early works, the score draws heavily on Czech
folk melodies. Originally written for large brass ensemble and percussion
in the mid-1950's, it will be performed in the composer's own quintet arrangement
The Iowa Brass Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble at the UI School of Music,
performs on the UI campus each semester and for schools, universities, civic
concert associations and professional meetings throughout the United States.
Founded in the early 1950s, the group has been widely acclaimed for its artistry
in the performance of music of all periods and premieres of new compositions.
Its current members are David Greenhoe and Barbara Deur, trumpets; Kristin
Thelander, horn; David Gier, trombone; and Robert Yeats, tuba.
Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal
trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass
area at the UI and is active as a soloist and recitalist. During summer seasons
he performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta, a post
he has held since 1975.
Deur is a member of the Quad Cities Symphony and has been a trumpet instructor
at UI. She has performed widely as a soloist and clinician, has been principal
trumpet of the Des Moines Symphony and has been a member of the Cedar Rapids
The newest member of the brass faculty at the UI School of Music, Gier came
to the UI in August 1995. He has taught at Baylor University and Central Connecticut
State University. He began his professional career in New England as a member
of the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony and Orchestra New England. He has performed
with numerous professional ensembles, including the New Haven, Hartford, Waco
and San Angelo symphonies, and Keith Brion's Peerless Sousa Band. He is currently
principal trombone of the Breckenridge (Colo.) Festival Orchestra.
Thelander, who joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989, is active
as both soloist and chamber musician. During the summer she performs with
the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Ore. Previously she was on the
music faculty at the University of New Mexico, and she was a member of the
New Mexico Brass Quintet, the Santa Fe Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony and
the Four Corners Opera Festival in Durango, Colo.
Yeats has taught at the UI for more than 20 years. He was principal tubist
with the Cedar Rapids Symphony for 19 years and has appeared as soloist with
many professional orchestras, bands and brass ensembles on the East Coast
and across the Midwest. At the UI he teaches tuba and euphonium, directs the
Collegium Tubum and edits the "University of Iowa Guide to Selected Wind
and Percussion Materials."
For further information, call (319) 335-1667.