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UI Center for New Music will present festival of Greek music April
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Center for New Music will
celebrate the contemporary music of Greece with two concerts at 3 and 8
p.m. Sunday, April 5 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. Billed as
a Festival of Contemporary Greek Music, the concerts will be free and open
to the public.
The director of the Center for New Music is David Gompper, who put together
the program for the April 5 concerts. Gompper recently returned from Thessaloniki,
Greece, where he was invited to perform several of his works and lecture
on current American musical trends in composition. It was on that trip
that Gompper learned about the active new music scene in Greece and made
the acquaintance of composer Theodore Antoniou, who will be the featured
composer-in-residence for the festival.
Four of Antoniou's works will be performed on the 8 p.m. concert: "Westwinds"
(1995) for soprano and ensemble, "East-West" (1993) and "Zon"
(1996), all for chamber ensemble and conducted by Gompper. In addition,
Antoniou's "The (Do) Quintet" will be performed by the Iowa Brass
Quintet, a faculty ensemble of the UI School of Music.
Other works on the evening concert will be by composers who are well
known in Greece: Jani Christou, Nikos Scalkottas and Christos Samaras.
Individual School of Music faculty members performing on the concert will
be baritone John Muriello in Christou's "Anaparastasis I" and
pianist Rene Lecuona in "Apologie IV" (1996) for piano trio by
The 3 p.m. concert will include music by a younger generation of Greek
composers, primarily from Thessaloniki. Composers will include the Austrian-trained
Dimitri Papageorgiou and Costas Nikitas, Leontios Hatzileontiades, Costas
Tsougras and Evangelia Kikou. Their works include a variety of styles and
ensembles, from works for solo flute and solo piano to a trio and a chamber
Most of the performers in both concerts are students in the UI School
of Music who are associated with the Center for New Music.
Commenting on the program, Gompper noted that "these two concerts
will show how strong the contemporary music scene in Greece is. It is also
a reflection of the current diversity in musical composition among Greek
composers globally. The diversity of styles is quite dazzling, from the
avant garde mysticism of Christou to the post-modernist interests of Antoniou."
A professor of composition at Boston University, Antoniou will attend
both concerts and give a master class to UI composition students while
he is on the UI campus.
A native of Athens, Antoniou is co-founder and vice president of the
International Society of Contemporary Music, Greece; founder and director
of the Hellenic Group of Contemporary Music, Athens; and director of the
Philadelphia Musical Academy New Music Ensemble, the Philadelphia New Music
Group, Alea II (Stanford) and Alea III (Boston).
He has received many prizes and awards for his music, most notably commissions
from the Fromm and Koussevitsky Foundations, and the city of Munich for
the Olympic Games (1972). He has been awarded fellowships and grants throughout
his career, including National Foundation for the Arts and Guggenheim composition
fellowships. He has taught at the National Conservatory in Athens and at
several colleges in the United States. He has taught at Boston University
Antoniou has written more than 90 works of symphonic, chamber, solo,
choral and electronic music, composed for concert hall, theater, dance
and television. Antoniou is active not only as a composer, but also as
a conductor, teacher, lecturer and artistic director of various musical
events and organizations.
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
Lecuona has given solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United
States, as well as in South America and the Caribbean. As an Artistic Ambassador
for the United States, she has given concerts and master classes in Argentina,
Peru, Ecuador and Trinidad and Tobago. She has also performed solo recitals
and given master classes at many universities in Brazil.
In 1993 she made her Carnegie Hall debut in a chamber performance in
Weill Recital Hall. She has appeared as soloist with the Cayuga Chamber
Orchestra, the Orchard Park Symphony, the Vivaldi Traveling Orchestra,
the Eastman Philharmonia and the University of Iowa Symphony. In collaboration
with her UI faculty colleagues she has appeared in numerous chamber music
concerts on the UI campus.
The Center for New Music was founded in 1966 with a seed grant from
the Rockefeller Foundation. The center promotes the performance of new
music by providing a core group of specialists in contemporary performance
techniques. Its programming has included world premieres as well as acknowledged
contemporary masterworks. Today, the Center for New Music is supported
by the UI School of Music.
Gompper joined the music theory and composition faculty of the UI School
of Music in 1991. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at San Diego
State University, a Master of Music from the Royal College of Music in
London, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University
of Michigan. His teaching experience includes two years at the University
of Nigeria in Nsukka and a faculty position at the University of Texas
Gompper has received numerous awards for his academic and musical achievements,
including the Charles E. Ives Prize for composition from the American Academy
and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Composers Fellowship from the National
Endowment for the Arts. His "Transitus" was premiered at Carnegie
Hall and his "Flip" was premiered by the Kansas City Chamber