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University of Iowa Symphony plays music of Respighi, Barber, Bizet
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Symphony will play three works
for small orchestra in a free concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 in Clapp
Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The concert will be directed by William LaRue Jones. Featured soloists
in a performance of the "Capricorn Concerto" of Samuel Barber
will be members of the UI School of Music faculty: Tadeu Coelho, flute;
Mark Weiger, oboe; and David Greenhoe, trumpet.
Other works on the program will be Suite No. 2 of the "Ancient
Airs and Dances for Lute" by Ottorino Respighi and the Symphony in
C by Georges Bizet.
All three works on the symphony program look back in time in one way
or another. Respighi's "Ancient Airs and Dances" are based directly
on music of the 16th and 17th centuries; Barber's "Capricorn Concerto"
follows the model of the Baroque concerto grosso; and Bizet's Symphony
in C is a student work that closely follows the model of the Classical
Respighi is best known for his large, colorful tone poems for virtuoso
orchestra, including "The Fountains of Rome" and "The Pines
of Rome." But Respighi also had a great interest in older music. He
edited and arranged a great deal of music by Baroque composers, including
Monteverdi, Vatali and Paisiello. Apart from the "Ancient Airs and
Dances," his orchestral works based on earlier compositions include
"The Birds," an orchestral suite based on lute and harpsichord
music, and "La boutique fantasque" (The fantastic toy shop),
a ballet based on piano music by Rossini.
Respighi composed three suites for small orchestra of "Ancient
Airs and Dances for Lute," the first in 1917, the second in 1924 and
the third in 1932. The second suite consists of four movements, taken from
Barber wrote the "Capricorn Concerto" during World War II,
while he was employed at the Office of War Information. The music, however,
contains no reference to the grim times when it was written, consisting
largely, as the composer said, of "cheerful noises."
The title refers to Capricorn, a home that Barber owned together with
his fellow composer and companion Gian Carlo Menotti and where he did most
of his composing for many years. Although Barber insisted that "there
is no program for Capricorn Concerto," there is in fact a manuscript
score with very specific captions: The orchestra represents the house;
oboe, flute and trumpet represent Menotti, the composer and poet Robert
Horan, respectively; and the coda describes "Sunday afternoon on the
Bizet's youthful Symphony in C -- written in 1855 when the composer
was just 17 -- was forgotten until it was discovered in the library of
the Paris Conservatory in 1933. Although it is a student work, the Symphony
in C is an engaging and well crafted piece that not only shows Bizet's
understanding of his Classical models, but also looks ahead to the composer's
later achievements. It is scored for the small orchestra of the late 18th
century, with pairs of woodwinds, trumpets and horn but no trombones. The
structure is that of Bizet's models, four movements in the conventional
order and with perfectly clear internal organization.
A UI music alumnus, Jones joined the faculty of the School of Music
in 1997 as director of the University Symphony and director of orchestral
studies. Prior to joining the UI faculty, Jones was the founding music
director/administrator of the internationally recognized Greater Twin Cities
Youth Symphonies of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. He is conductor of
the Bloomington (Minn.) Symphony and has appeared as a guest conductor
with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonie
Orchester AML-Luzern (Switzerland) and other orchestras around the world.
Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. He has previously taught
at the University of New Mexico and more recently has been visiting professor
at the Ino Mirkovich music academy in Croatia. 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.
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. He has served as the principal oboist for the orchestras and
music festivals across the country. The first oboist to serve as an Artistic
Ambassador through the U.S. Information Agency, Weiger performed recitals
in Nepal, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan and Sri Lanka. He has recorded for the
CRS, Chandos and Vox CD labels.
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 plays first trumpet in the UI Iowa Brass Quintet.
He is active as a soloist and recitalist, and during summer seasons he
performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta, a post
he has held since 1975. Prior to coming to Iowa, Greenhoe was a member
and soloist of "The President's Own"
-- the United States Marine Band in Washington D.C. He has also performed
with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Rochester (N.Y.) Philharmonic and the
Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Philharmonic.
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