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UI music faculty and guest pianist will present chamber music concert
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Chamber players, a flexible
group of performing faculty from the UI School of Music, will be joined
by guest pianist Robert Conway to present a free concert of music for winds
and piano at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Wind players on the program will be flutist Tadeu Coelho, oboist Mark
Weiger, clarinetist Maurita Murphy Mead and horn player Kristin Thelander,
all members of the UI School of Music faculty. Together with Conway, who
is a pianist with the Detroit Symphony and a faculty member at Wayne State
University in Detroit, they will perform five works for a variety of trio
combinations, all featuring two winds with piano.
Works on the program will be:
--Trio, op. 88 for oboe, horn and piano by 19th-century German composer
--Trio for flute, oboe and piano by mid-20th-century English composer
--"Summer Night" for flute, horn and piano, composed in 1986
by Katherine Hoover;
--Trio by George Rochberg, composed in 1948 and revised in 1980; and
--"Guillaume Tell Duo Brilliant" (Brilliant duo from 'William
Tell'), a 19th-century set of virtuoso variations on a tune from Rossini's
opera, for flute, oboe and piano, by Jean Demersseman and Felix C. Berthelemy.
One of the most prominent musicians of his generation, Reinecke was
head of the Leipzig Conservatory in the late 19th century. A conservative
composer who sought to preserve the German classical tradition, he wrote
chamber music in a style near that of Schumann and Brahms.
A violinist, pianist and composer, Dring is known to many students for
her keyboard method books. She wrote a number of chamber pieces that include
oboe for her husband, Roger Lord, a former principal oboist with the London
Formerly a professional flutist in New York, Hoover has composed, published
and recorded numerous works for woodwind instruments. Both of her quintets
have been played by the Iowa Woodwind Quintet, a UI faculty ensemble. "Summer
Night" is a reduction of a work originally written for flute, horn
George Rochberg is one of the leading American composers of the 20th
century. He has written an opera, choral music, seven string quartets,
five symphonies and other orchestral works. He has taught at the Curtis
Institute and the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as chair
of the music department. In addition to being a composer he has written
extensively about music.
An active and committed performer of contemporary music, Conway has
a large number of premieres to his credit and has been the featured soloist
in numerous composer-supervised festivals and performances. He has been
a pianist with the Detroit Symphony since 1989. He has taught at Wayne
State, the University of Michigan and Oakland University in Rochester,
Coelho came to the UI from the University of New Mexico in 1997. He
has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the
Americas. He has performed as first solo flutist with the Santa Fe Symphony,
the Hofer Symphoniker in Germany and the Spoletto Festival Orchestra in
Italy. In the summer of 1996 he was invited to play with the Boston Symphony
under conductors Bernard Haitink, Robert Shaw and Robert Spano.
Coelho's CD recording of the music of Brazilian composers was released
on Tempo Primo in 1995, and a new CD of 20th-century Mexican flute music
will be released shortly.
Weiger has performed in 38 states, Canada, England, France and Austria,
presented two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, been a finalist in
nine international competitions and won second prize at the Lucarelli International
Competition. A review in the Illinois State Journal commented that "The
beautiful oboe solo by Mark Weiger was a highlight. . . . his tone soared
above the ensemble with sweet clarity."
He has served as the principal oboist for the Albany (N.Y.) Symphony,
the Ohio Opera Company, the Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts
and the Portland Symphony in Maine. Since coming to Iowa, he has been principal
oboe with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony and
Chamber Orchestra, and the Southwest Virginia Chamber Orchestra.
Mead is in her 15th year teaching clarinet on the faculty of the UI
School of Music, where she is also associate director for undergraduate
studies. Her many solo invitations have included International Clarinet
Association conferences, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the Southeastern
Clarinet Workshop and the conference of the College Band Directors National
Association. She has been principal clarinet of several Midwestern orchestras,
including the Cedar Rapids Symphony.
As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Cleveland Quartet and
other ensembles. Her recent "On The Fence" performances, combining
jazz, jazz-influenced compositions and classical works on a single program,
was followed by "Over the Fence," an entire jazz program. She
recently recorded a CD of Brazilian chorus with pianist Rafael Dos Santos,
a UI alumnus.
Thelander joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989. Active
as both soloist and chamber musician, she is a member of the Iowa Brass
Quintet. During the summer she performs with the Britt Festival Orchestra
in Jacksonville, Ore. Previously 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.
Thelander was the first prize-winner in the 1981 American Horn Competition,
and she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, South
Korea and the People's Republic of China. She has been a featured artist
at many regional and international horn workshops in recent years.