CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
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Release: Oct. 29, 1999
Trumpet player, his wife, her sister join forces for
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A trumpet, voice and organ concert
at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at First Presbyterian Church, 2701 Rochester Ave.
in Iowa City, will be part University of Iowa faculty recital and part family
Soprano Gerburg Krapf-Lumpe, who grew up in Iowa City,
will return to town from her present home in Soest, Germany, for the occasion,
in order to perform with her twin sister, organist Gerhild Krapf Greenhoe,
and Krapf Greenhoes husband, David Greenhoe, who teaches trumpet at
the UI School of Music. As a further part of the family celebration, the program
will include two pieces that were written for Greenhoe and the sisters by
their father, former UI organ professor Gerhard Krapf.
In yet another family connection, Krapf was for many
years organist and choir director for the First Presbyterian Church in Iowa
City. At that time the congregation met at Old Brick in downtown Iowa City,
but Krapf returned to Iowa City to play the dedication recital of the new
instrument that was built for the church in their Rochester Avenue location
-- the same instrument that will be featured in the Nov. 13 recital.
This faculty recital cum family musical celebration
will be free and open to the public.
The pieces by Krapf will be the "Festival Suite"
for organ and trumpet, which will receive its world premiere at the performance;
and a setting of Psalm 150 ("Praise the Lord") for soprano and organ,
which will receive its American premiere. Other music on the program will
be pieces for organ solo by J.S. Bach and Max Reger; Three Songs for voice
and organ by Joseph Haas; pieces for trumpet and organ by Alan Hovhaness and
Johann Ludwig Krebs; and pieces featuring all three performers by Henry Purcell
and George Frideric Handel.
Gerhard Krapf taught at the UI School of Music 1962-77.
Both Gerhild and Gerburg grew up in Iowa City, but later the family spread
around the world: while Gerhild stayed on in Iowa City, Gerhard went to the
University of Alberta in Canada to teach, and Gerburg went to Germany to study
piano and voice.
The sisters had a reunion in Germany earlier this
year, when Greenhoes academic work took him to Germany, and the three
musicians had the opportunity to perform together at that time. They all enjoyed
that performance so much that Krapf-Lumpe agreed to come back to Iowa City
for a performance at the UI.
David Greenhoe explained that some new pieces were
selected for the Iowa City performances. "The program was chosen in part
in consideration of the church setting," he said. "This provides
an opportunity to play liturgical music, some of which is not often performed
"Although our program spans early Baroque through
the 20th century, the threads that connect it include a shared attitude of
praise and celebration, and, in some cases, interesting similarities of musical
Krapf came to the UI in 1962 to found the organ department.
During his tenure at the UI he built the department and oversaw the installation
of the first organs at the UI School of Music. In recognition of his efforts,
an organ performance hall in the Voxman Music Building has been named the
Krapf Organ Studio. He left the UI in 1977 to start another organ department,
at the University of Alberta (Canada) in Edmonton. He received the University
of Albertas J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research in 1984
and retired from the university in 1987.
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. -- and a member of the music performance faculty at Ball
State University in Indiana. He has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony,
the Rochester (N.Y.) Philharmonic and the Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Philharmonic.
Krapf-Lumpe received her bachelors degree in
music from the UI with a major in piano, having studied voice with Albert
Gammon. She studied piano and voice in Germany and continues to be active
there as both a piano teacher and accompanist for choirs and singers. She
is active as a vocal soloist performing "Liederabende" (Evenings
of song) and for performances of masses and oratorios. In 1995 she formed
a childrens choir and theater group in Soest that she continues to direct.
Since 1996 she has also been vocal instructor for the Catholic Church Music
Curriculum for Bistrum of Paderborn. She is also the conductor of a nine-member
mens quartet and an 80-voice mixed choir.
Krapf Greenhoe received bachelors and masters
degrees in organ from the UI, where she studied with Delbert Disselhorst.
Her father was also an important influence in her musical training. She has
served as organist in several Iowa City churches and has performed as both
pianist and organist in concerts and recitals. She was graduated from the
UI College of Law in 1985 and was staff attorney at the UI Hospitals and Clinics
for 10 years before moving into her current position as assistant vice-president
for University Relations.
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/.
(NOTE TO EDITORS: David Greenhoe may be reached
at 319-335-1653, or by e-mail at email@example.com.)