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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SPACE/PLACE CONCERT PRESENTS BEST NEW UI DANCE MAY 1-2 -- The University
of Iowa Dance Department will present its spring Space/Place Concerts,
featuring the department's best new student choreography, at 8 p.m. Friday
and Saturday, May 1 and 2 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI's North Hall.
A faculty panel viewed 22 student submissions and selected 14 works
for the concert, including seven works by graduate students and seven by
undergraduate dance majors.
A mix of solos, duets, trios and ensemble works, the dances in the program
range from ballet to dance/theater, from modern dance to a work based on
the Chinese fan-dance tradition. The music is also eclectic, including
classical music, jazz, and songs by Elvis and Kate Bush.
The graduate student choreographers are Sara Semonis, Shouze Ma, Sabrina
Madison-Cannon, Sarah Duax and Babs Case. The undergraduate choreographers
whose works were selected are Lana McAllister, Jeanne Snodgrass, Monique
Jones, Emily Power, Mandi Bedbury and Kuan Chew.
Admission to the Space/Place Concert will be $5 ($4 for UI students,
senior citizens and youth) at the door.
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TROMBONE ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE MAY 5 -- The Trombone Ensemble from the
University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert at 12:30
p.m. Tuesday, May 5 in Harper Hall in the UI Voxman Music Building.
The Trombone Ensemble is directed by David Gier, trombone professor
at the UI School of Music. The group consists of 20 trombone students at
the School of Music playing both tenor and bass trombones. They perform
works written for trombone ensemble as well as arrangements of other works.
UI graduate student Donn Schaefer will conduct the May 5 concert, which
will feature arrangements of works by Pavel Tschesnokov, J.S. Bach and
Franz Biebl, and original works for trombone by Derek Bourgeois, Eric Ewazen
and Frigyes Hidas.
A member of the UI music faculty since August 1995, Gier teaches trombone
and brass chamber music, and he performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet. He
has performed with numerous professional ensembles, including the New Haven
and Hartford symphonies, the New Orchestra of Westchester and Keith Brion's
Peerless Sousa Band. He is currently principal trombone of the Breckenridge
An active soloist, clinician and adjudicator, Gier has performed and
presented workshops at colleges, universities and professional conferences.
He is chair of the International Trombone Association's Competition Contest
Committee, and he will be a clinician at the 1998 International Trombone
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UNIVERSITY AND CONCERT BANDS MAY 5 -- The University and Concert Bands
from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a joint concert
at 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 5 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The University Band will be conducted by graduate student Andrew Mast.
The Concert Band will be conducted by Morgan Jones, who is also the interim
director of the Hawkeye Marching Band. The concert will be free and open
to the public.
The Concert Band will perform two original band works, Ralph Vaughan
Williams' "Sea Songs" and John Barnes Chance's "Incantation
and Dance." They will also play arrangements of music from two of
the most popular works in the orchestral repertoire, Tchaikovsky's Symphony
No. 4 and Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana."
The University Band program will consist entirely of original works
for band, including the "Florentiner" March by Julius Fucik,
"Satiric Dances" by Norman Dello Joio, "Hymn and Celebration"
by UI graduate Timothy Mahr and "Ginger Marmalade" by Warren
Benson. Graduate student Jeffrey Klaessy will the featured soloist in the
Fantasia for alto saxophone and band by Claude T. Smith.
Jones has been interim director of the Hawkeye Marching Band for the
past two years. A native of Muscatine, he was director of the Marching
During Jones' tenure, the band attended 12 bowl games, including three
Rose Bowls. Under his direction, the band won the 1990 Sudler Intercollegiate
Marching Band Trophy, awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation for longtime
contributions by the band and its directors.
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UNIVERSITY CHORALE MAY 6 -- The University Choir from the University
of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday,
May 6 in UI's Clapp Recital Hall.
The free concert will be directed by doctoral student Melanie Jacobson.
David Shaler, also a graduate student in choral conducting, will be the
The concert will open with "The Foundling Hospital Anthem"
by George Frideric Handel, written for a fund-raising concert on behalf
of the hospital. The anthem's texts, drawn from the Old and New Testaments,
are references to the importance of caring for the poor in society. Soloists
in the anthem will be soprano Solveig Olson, mezzo-soprano Heidi Brown,
tenor Jeffrey Krueger and counter-tenor David Shaler.
The second half of the concert will begin with Bartok's "Four Slovak
Folk Songs," a setting of peasant songs that are marked by irregular
meters and off-beat accents.
Next, the choir will perform "Love and Shapes High Fantastical"
by Stephen Chapman, a collage of poetry and prose on love and music. The
texts are drawn from the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare and describe
many aspects of music's power and love's charms and dangers. Chapman's
setting calls for a narration, which will be spoken by John Muriello of
the UI School of Music voice faculty, in addition to choir, harp, piano
and English horn.
The concert will close with settings by Alice Parker by Robert Shaw
of two spirituals, "Sometimes I Feel Like a Lonesome Dove" and
"Set Down, Servant."
Jacobson is a doctoral student in choral conducting at the UI School
of Music. Since 1991 she has been a member of the faculty of Westminster
Choir College in Princeton, N.J.
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WOMEN'S CHORALE MAY 7 -- The Women's Chorale from the University of
Iowa School of Music will present its end-of-semester concert at 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 7 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The performance
will be free and open to the public.
The Women's Chorale, one of five choral ensembles in the School of Music
that are filled by auditions, has 28 singers. The group is directed by
choral conducting doctoral student Matthew Faerber.
The first half of the concert will feature sacred music for women's
voices from the 18th and 20th centuries. A fanfare for treble voices, piano,
brass and percussion by contemporary Welsh composer William Mathias will
open the concert. Two works from the 18th century will be "Suscepit
Israel" from the Magnificat in D major of J.S. Bach and Nicolo Porpora's
"Lauda Jerusalem," with soloists Cecilia Francis, Collete Conway,
Jenny Edmund and Emily Einwalter.
The first half will conclude with two movements from Edward Gregson's
"Missa Brevis Pacem," composed in 1989.
The second half of the concert will feature secular music, with compositions
by Schubert and Francis Poulenc. Ron Nelson's arrangement of the Appalachian
melody "Will He Remember" will feature soloist Beth Purdy. Andrew
Carlson -- a three-time Georgia state fiddle champion as well a doctoral
violin student in the School of Music and an instructor at the Preucil
School in Iowa City -- will be the guest soloist for the square dance tune
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STEEL PAN CONCERT MAY 7 -- River City Steel, the steel-pan ensemble
at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free concert
at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in Voxman Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.
River City Steel is directed by Tom Keck, a graduate student in percussion
in the UI School of Music who also makes most of the arrangements for the
group. The instruments, which originate from the Caribbean island nation
of Trinidad and Tobago, are constructed from 55-gallon metal oil drums.
The versatile instruments have a remarkable sound that is immediately recognizable
and is widely associated with Caribbean cultures.
River City Steel has various pans for eight players, ranging from single
pans that carry high notes to a bass that requires six drums. Together
with the "engine room" -- the percussion section -- the pans
offer a special combination of melody, harmony and driving rhythm.
The May 7 concert will feature a variety of Caribbean tunes and popular
songs associated with Caribbean styles. Familiar pieces on the program
will include Alan Menken's "Under the Sea" from the popular Disney
movie "The Little Mermaid," Jimmy Buffet's hit "Margaritaville,"
and the traditional "Matilda." The program will also include
two songs by Len "Boogsie" Sharpe, "Musical Wine" and
"Sunset"; and the traditional "Everybody Loves Saturday
The steel pan ensemble was started in 1994 as a project to widen the
multicultural musical environment for UI students and the community. The
ensemble is offered for credit to music and non-music students alike.
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KANTOREI CONCERT MAY 8 -- Kantorei, the premiere vocal ensemble of the
University of Iowa School of Music, will present "The End Times,"
a concert of choral works dealing with the judgment day and final farewells,
at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The concert, under the direction of graduate choral conducting student
David Shaler, will be free and open to the public.
The first portion of the program will comprise two works dealing specifically
with judgment day: a motet by Orlande de Lassus, one of the most prolific
and admired composers of the 16th century; and a small-scale oratorio by
the 17th-century master of the genre, Ciacomo Carissimi. The latter will
feature soloists from the choir.
The second portion of the program will include three motets by Charles
Hubert Perry, one of England's most cherished composers at the turn of
this century. Written in his troubled final years, these works were titled
by the composer "Song of Farewell."
Following Perry's works Kantorei will sing "Naenie" by Hermann
Goetz, a little known contemporary of Brahms. This work is a passionate
setting of a poem by Schiller that uses figures from Greek mythology to
portray the end of life and beauty.
To end the concert, an instrumental combo from the UI gospel choir Voices
of Soul will join Kantorei for performances of two gospel tunes, "Going
to Heaven" and "Packing Up."
David Shaler is currently completing his doctorate in choral conducting
in the UI School of Music. He is music director at St. Mark's United Methodist
Church in Iowa City. Before coming to the UI he sang for five years with
the professional choral group Chanticleer, which recently performed in
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DANCE CONCERT PRESENTS COLLABORATIONS MAY 8-9-- The University of Iowa
Dance Department will present its spring Choreographic Design Concert at
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI's
The concert reflects class projects in collaborative creation. This
semester's projects emphasized dance/theater collaborations between choreographers
and writers. Each choreographer worked with a playwright or poet in the
creation of an ensemble production.
The resulting pieces reflect the variety of ways in which choreography
and text can be combined. Some pieces feature spoken or recorded text as
accompaniment to dance; others use text through projections; and in others
the text is spoken by dancers and/or actors.
The five pairs of collaborators are: choreographer Sabrina Madison-Cannon
with Iowa Playwrights Workshop member Levy "Lee" Simon, choreographer
Kirsten Kaschock with playwright Rob Merritt, choreographer Kuan Chew with
playwright Nina Orechwa, choreographer Lana McAllister with playwright
Wes Broulik, and choreographer Sarah Duax with intermedia student Erin
Although the five pieces in the program are not related -- with subjects
ranging from tribal rituals to alien abductions -- intermedia student Katie
Roach has collaborated with all the choreographers and writers to create
interludes that provide segues between the pieces.
Admission to the Choreographic Design Concert will be $5 ($4 for UI
students, senior citizens and youth) at the door.
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OPERA SCENES MAY 9 -- The University of Iowa Opera Theater will present
"Scenes from the Opera Workshop," a program of arias and scenes
from a variety of operas, at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9 in the Opera Rehearsal
Room of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus.
The performance, under the general direction of Beaumont Glass, will
be free and open to the public.
Graduate and undergraduate students in the voice area of the UI School
of Music will perform on the program, including soprano Yat-Si Leung, bass-baritone
Colin Johnson, bass-baritone Jonathon Thull and bass-baritone Gary Haase.
They will perform several arias, the duet "La ci darem la mano"
from Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and a scene from Verdi's
"Don Carlo," featuring a highly dramatic confrontation between
King Philip II of Spain and the Grand Inquisitor.
Accompanist for the performance will be Katerina Stamatelos, a graduate
student in the School of Music.
The director of the UI Opera Theater, Glass was for many years a leading
opera coach of the Zurich Opera and the Festival of Aix-en-Provence. Along
with staging operas in Europe and the United States, he has accompanied
song recitals in the Salzburg, Aix and Holland festivals, as well as on
tour with well known singers including Grace Bumbry, Martina Arroyo and
Simon Estes. He has been at the UI since 1980. The spring Opera Theater
production of Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet" was his 35th major
production at the UI. In addition to stage direction, he has provided his
own translations of 20 of the operas.
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OLD GOLD SINGERS GO CLASSICAL MAY 9 -- The Old Gold Singers, best known
as the University of Iowa's show choir, will present a free concert of
classical choral music at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9 in Clapp Recital Hall
on the UI campus.
The Old Gold Singers is directed by School of Music graduate assistant
The May 9 concert will stress diversity of style, with works ranging
from the sacred music of the Renaissance to American spirituals.
One major work on the program will be J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 10, "Meine
Seel' erhebt den Herren" (My Soul sings praise to the Lord) for chorus,
soloists and an instrumental ensemble of strings and winds, plus organ
and harpsichord continuo. The solo parts will be sung by graduate voice
students in the UI School of Music: soprano Emily Truckenbrod, male alto
David Shaler, tenor Dirk Garner and bass Jonathan Thull.
Other works on the program will be:
--"Gloria Patri" by Renaissance composer Giovanni Perluigi
da Palestrina, who is known for the purity and clarity of his many-voice
--the Magnificat of 20th-century composer Halsey Stevens, featuring
trumpeter Mike Flynt and pianist Ben Hagen;
--two sacred motets by the Spanish Renaissance composer Thomas Luis
Victoria and the Romantic French composer Gabriel Faure, with soloist Anne
--arrangements of two American spirituals, "I'm Gonna Sing 'Til
the Spirit Moves in My Heart" and "He's Got the Whole World."
The Old Gold Singers is a select musical group whose members are chosen
by audition. The group's annual campus performances include the popular
"Cocoa and Carols" at the winter holiday season, as well as the
"Fall Festival" and "Swing Into Spring" concerts. The
group also travels throughout Iowa, performing for schools and community
groups. Most recently, they toured to New Orleans during the UI spring
break. Past tours outside the state have taken them to New York, Washington,
D.C., and the Bahamas.