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Release: Oct. 22, 1999
Mezzo-soprano Eberle to be featured soloist in concert
with UI Symphony Band
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle,
singing music inspired by popular folk song recordings of the 1960s, will
be the featured soloist for a concert by the University of Iowa Chamber Wind
Ensemble and Symphony Band at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3 in Clapp Recital Hall
on the UI campus.
The performance, which will be free and open to the
public, will be conducted by Myron Welch, director of bands at the UI School
Eberle will be featured in Bernard Gilmores
"Four Folk Songs for Soprano and Band." Other works on the program
will be Samuel Barbers "Commando March"; the Adagio of Joaquin
Rodrigo; Aaron Coplands Suite from "The Red Pony"; and an
arrangement for band of Paul Hindemiths "Symphonic Metamorphosis
of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber."
The first major work written for soprano and band,
Gilmores "Four Folk Songs" was selected "Best Original
Composition" at the College Band Directors National Association Biennial
Conference in 1967. According to the composer, the score was inspired by the
popular recordings of folk music made by Theodore Bikel, the Limelighters,
and other popular groups of the 1960s. Each of the four songs in Gilmores
score is derived from an individual culture and is written in its native language.
The four songs and their respective cultures are "Mrs. McGrath,"
Irish; "Yerakina," Greek; "El Burro," Spanish; and "The
Samuel Barber was one of the most successful American
composers of the 20th century. His music has been played and sung by leading
performers throughout the United States and around the world. His Adagio for
Strings remains one of the most popular concert pieces written by an American,
and his opera "Vanessa" was premiered at the Metropolitan Opera.
Barber wrote the "Commando March" in 1943, while he was assigned
to the Army Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. An effective and highly descriptive
work, it is his only piece for military band.
Copland wrote the music for the film "The Red
Pony" in 1948, on the studio of Republic Pictures in the San Fernando
Valley of California. Later the same year he completed a concert suite, which
was premiered by the Houston Symphony. In 1966 the composer arranged that
orchestral suite in turn for concert band, selecting four movements most suitable
The film was based on a story of the same title by
John Steinbeck, about a 10-year-old boy growing up on a California ranch.
The four sections of the band suite reflect four separate episodes in the
story and the film: "Dream March and Circus Music," "Walk to
the Bunkhouse," "Grandfathers Story" and "Happy
In 1943 Paul Hindemith was teaching at Yale University,
having fled Nazi Germany several years earlier. It was at this time that he
wrote an orchestral score based on four pieces by the early 19th-century composer
Carl Maria von Weber. The outgrowth of an abandoned ballet, the "Symphonic
Metamorphosis" is at the same time a series of variations and developments
of Webers themes, and loosely organized around the traditional model
of the four-movement symphony.
Hindemith, who wrote a Symphony for Concert Band in
1951, also planned a version of the "Symphonic Metamorphosis" for
winds. He never pursued it, but he asked his colleague and close friend, Yale
band director Keith Wilson, to make a band transcription. Wilson finally received
permission for the band arrangement from Hindemiths publisher in 1960.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Eberle has performed internationally
in opera, concert and solo recitals. The Atlanta Constitution wrote, "Katherine
Eberle was a standout. More than any other performer, she showed what it takes
for a solo performer to command the stage."
She has performed with the opera theater of Lille,
France, the Academy of the West, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Aspen Festival
Opera Theatre, the American Institute of Music Studies in Graz, Austria, and
at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Her solo compact disc of songs of women composers,
"From a Womans Perspective," has been issued by Albany Records
on the Vienna Modern Masters Label. She was also soloist on a CD of the Mozart
"Requiem" released by the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Eberle made her New York debut at Weill Recital Hall
at Carnegie Hall in 1993. In 1994 and 95 she toured as a musical ambassador
for the United States Information Agency, performing in South America and
Korea. She has won awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing,
the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Bel Canto Foundation and the Ann
Arbor Friends of Opera. During the academic year she is on the faculty of
the UI School of Music, and for seven summers she taught at the Interlochen
Arts Camp in Michigan.
Welch has been director of bands at the UI since 1980.
In addition to conducting the Symphony Band and Chamber Wind Ensemble, Welch
teaches courses in instrumental methods and conducting and is coordinator
of the Iowa Honor Band. Prior to joining the UI faculty he was director of
bands and coordinator of music education at Wright State University in Dayton,
Ohio. He has bachelors and masters degrees in music from Michigan
State University and a doctorate in music education from the University of
Welch is past president of the American Bandmasters
Association, the Big 10 Band Directors Association and the Iowa Bandmasters
Association. He is a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician with
bands throughout the Midwest.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/,
and the UI bands have a web page at http://www.uiowa.edu/~bands/index.shtml.