CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Guest artists at UI School of Music will present trombone and piano
recital Feb. 27
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Trombonist JoDee Davis and pianist Marleta Matheson
will present a free recital as guests of the University of Iowa School
of Music at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Both guest artists have ties to the state through the University of
Northern Iowa. A faculty member at Kent State University in Ohio, Davis
holds master's and bachelor's degrees in music education from UNI, and
Matheson is professor emeritus of accompanying and group piano at UNI.
Their program will cover a broad spectrum of the available trombone
repertoire, from the Baroque period to the 20th century. A concerto for
trombone will share the program with arrangements taken from a variety
of original sources: a song from operetta, a sonata for cello and -- unusually
for a lower pitched instrument -- music that is usually played by violinists.
The complete program will be:
-- the "Meditation" from "Thais" of Jules Massanet,
an arrangement of an orchestral interlude from Massanet's opera that has
long been a popular encore for violinists;
-- an arrangement of Baroque composer Albinoni's Violin Concerto, op.
7 no. 3;
-- the Andante slow movement from Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata, op. 19;
-- Allen Ostrander's transcription of Four Preludes by Dmitri Shostakovich;
-- the Concerto for Trombone by Henri Tomasi; and
-- "Adele's Laughing Song" from Johann Strauss' popular operetta
In addition to teaching at Kent State, Davis plays with the Santa Fe
Opera. She has taught at Eastern Washington University and played principal
trombone in the Spokane Symphony. She has also played with the Spoleto
Festival Orchestra and several orchestras in the Midwest.
Davis has performed with the trombone quartet PRISMA at the Women's
Brass Conference in St. Louis; at International Trombone Festivals in Cleveland,
Las Vegas and Feldkirch, Austria; and other festivals and clinics around
the country. She has presented master classes and solo recitals at colleges
and universities throughout the United States. She has a doctorate in brass
literature and performance from Indiana University.
Matheson is currently principal keyboardist in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls
Symphony as well as a free-lance accompanist and chamber musician. She
has accompanied major artists including Seth McCoy, Sheri Greenawald, Simon
Estes and Sigurd Rascher. She performed four summers in the New Hampshire
Music Festival Orchestra and Chamber Music Series.
In addition to recital appearances, she has performed an important role
as accompanist in local and regional competitions, where her ensemble experience
and expertise have contributed to the success of many contestants.