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Iowa Brass Quintet will perform two recent commissions on free concert
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Brass Quintet will play two recently commissioned
works on a free concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 in Clapp Recital
Hall on the University of Iowa campus.
The new works -- James Grant's Quintet for Brass, composed in 1995,
and Mark Schultz's "Dark Matter(s)," composed in 1996 -- were
each commissioned by a consortium of brass quintets including the Iowa
Brass Quintet (IBQ). Both were premiered by the IBQ on earlier concerts.
Grant's Quintet was recorded by the IBQ for a CD produced by the UI
and recorded as part of the university's sesquicentennial celebration in
1997. The CD also included "The Five Chairs" for brass quintet
by Marti Epstein, composed in 1979, which will also be performed on the
April 22 concert.
Other works on the concert program will be arrangements for brass of
music originally written for other media: Karl Hinterbichler's arrangements
of villancicos -- Spanish songs from the Renaissance; Kenneth Singleton's
arrangement of three songs by French composer Maurice Ravel; and John Wallace's
arrangement of three French Baroque harpsichord pieces.
In the past few years many new works have been commissioned by a consortium
-- a group of presenters or performers who share the cost of paying a composer
or other artist for a new work. This approach is useful for the performers
since it lowers the cost of acquiring a new work. It is also useful for
the composers since they know their work will be performed by all of the
members of the consortium.
Grant lives and works as a free-lance composer in Rehoboth Beach, Del.
and is composer-in-residence for the Environment Through the Arts. His
works have been played by chamber groups and orchestras including the New
Orchestra of Boston, the Sage City Symphony of Bennington, Vt., and the
His Brass Quintet is in four movements, the first of which, the composer
says, "assaults the listener with a blustery, urgent narrative featuring
wild leaps in all of the instruments as they explore the full dynamic and
pitch range of the brass quintet." Other contrasting movements include
a jazzy brass chorale and a final movement marked "pretty damn crazy."
The score was commissioned by the IBQ and two other brass quintets.
Mark Schultz is a freelance composer and editor of a music publishing
company in Austin, Texas. His music has been performed throughout North
America and in Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Australia. Performers of his work
have included the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, the Florida West Coast Symphony,
the Omaha Symphony and the Omaha Chamber Symphony.
"Dark Matter(s)" refers the term astronomers use to describe
a part of the total mass of the universe, matter that we know must exist
but that cannot be seen or measured. Schultz said he found the idea of
dark matter "at once quite inspiring and immensely comical (considering
the possibility of a huge quantity of matter floating around in the cosmos
playing a game of hide-and-seek with the astrophysicist)." The score
was commissioned by the IBQ and four other brass quintets.
An associate professor of composition at the Berklee College of Music,
Epstein studied composition and piano at the UI. She was a composition
fellow at the Tanglewood Festival in Lenox, Mass. in 1986 and 1988. Her
works have been performed in San Francisco, New York, Boston, Minneapolis
and Munich. "Five Chairs" -- named for a pub in Lenox -- was
written for the New England Brass Quintet.
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
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 Symphony.
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.)
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."