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Iowa Brass Quintet features guest saxophonist on a free concert Oct.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Brass Quintet from the University of Iowa
School of Music will play a free concert with guest artist saxophonist
Matthew Sintchak at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 in Clapp Recital Hall on the
Consisting primarily of UI faculty, the Iowa Brass Quintet is a resident
ensemble at the UI School of Music. Sintchak, appearing for the first time
as guest artist with the quintet, is also a faculty member of the UI School
Sintchak will be soloist for the Concerto da Camera (Chamber concerto)
by Fisher Tull, a work the Iowa Brass Quintet has recorded. The score was
commissioned in 1987 for saxophonist Michael Jacobson, who teaches at Baylor
University, and it is one of the few works to feature the saxophone as
both solo and chamber music instrument.
Also included on the program is one of the few original brass compositions
from the 19th century, Three Pieces by Ludwig Maurer. A violinist and composer,
Maurer was a precocious child musician. He spent most of his adult life
in St. Petersburg, Russia, serving as composer and performer for Russian
aristocratic families. The three pieces were written for 19th-century brass
instruments and arranged for their modern equivalents by Robert Nagel.
The Iowa Brass Quintet will combine two different arrangements of parts
of J.S. Bach's massive "Goldberg" Variations in order to play
the theme and five of the 30 variations that made up Bach's original keyboard
work. Written in 1741 for Bach's pupil Johann Gottlieb Goldeberg, the variations
were supposedly intended as nocturnal entertainment for an insomniac count,
although this attractive legend has never been proven. They are generally
regarded as one of the greatest sets of variations in music history, remarkable
for their contrapuntal mastery and design as well as the imagination and
fantasy with which the theme is varied.
The remaining works on the program, "Capriccio" of Leonard
Salzedo and the Quintet for Brass of Edward Gregson, were both written
for the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble of London. One of the leading orchestral
and chamber musicians in London, trumpeter Philip Jones has commissioned
many compositions for his brass ensemble, which he founded in 1951 and
led until 1986.
The Iowa Brass Quintet 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.
The quintet's recent CD, "Americana: A University of Iowa Celebration,"
features works by composers associated with the UI, either as faculty or
students in the School of Music, or whose works have been favorites of
the group over the years. It was released as part of the celebration of
the UI Sesquicentennial in 1997.
Members of the Iowa Brass Quintet are David Greenhoe and Barbara Deur,
trumpets; Kristin Thelander, horn; David Gier, trombone; and Robert Yeats,
A visiting professor at the UI, Sintchak has previously taught at the
University of Hartford; Nazareth College and Roberts Wesleyan College in
Rochester, N.Y.; and at Eastman, where he won a 1996-97 Teaching Prize.
An avid performer of contemporary music, Sintchak has also given traditional
solo recitals on the East Coast and performed with Hartford and Portland
symphonies and the Rochester Philharmonic, and with the Eastman Wind Ensemble
on two tours to Japan. He has also performed with several alternative groups
including the Jupiter Saxophone Quartet, the first honors/scholarship saxophone
ensemble in the history of the New England Conservatory of Music.
Sintchak studied at Boston University, the New England Conservatory,
and the Paris Conservatory on a grant from the Beebe Foundation. He recently
completed his doctorate in saxophone performance with a Performer's Certificate
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."