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Release: April 28, 2000
Trombonist Krem and UI Symphony Band release new CD
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- George Krem, trombonist and former member of the University
of Iowa School of Music faculty, has released a compact disc recording featuring
live performances with the UI Symphony Band and the University of Arizona
On the CD, titled "Music for trombone and band," Krem performs
three works with the UI Symphony Band directed by Myron Welch, UI director
of bands: the Trombone Concerto of Derek Bourgeois, the Concerto for Trombone
and Band of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and a set of variations on "All
Those Endearing Young Charms" by Simone Mantia.
All three works were recorded at Symphony Band concerts in Hancher Auditorium
by recording engineer Lowell Cross of the UI Recording Studios.
With University of Arizona Wind Ensemble and director Gregg Hanson, Krem
plays the Divertimento for Trombone and Band by Arthur Frackenpohl, which
was written for Krem, and Arthur Pryor's variations on "Annie Laurie."
These recordings were made in a live concert at the University of Arizona
by engineer Wiley Ross.
Frackenpohl wrote his Divertimento for Trombone after hearing Krem perform
at the 1995 Arizona Low Brass Symposium. Hanson invited Krem and Frackenpohl
to return to Arizona for the premiere of the Divertimento, which was given
there Dec. 3, 1996. It is the premiere performance that was recorded for the
CD, along with the encore Krem played at the concert, Pryor's "Annie
In Iowa City, the CD is available at Eble Music, 115 S. Linn St., and at
J. Hall Keyboards in Sycamore Mall. It will also soon be available through
Tap Music Sales in Newton, Iowa, at (515) 792-0352, or at http://www.tapmusic.com/
on the World Wide Web; and from Kephart's Music Center, 5605 Ansborough in
Krem taught trombone at the UI 1982-94. A member of the Cedar Rapids Symphony,
he has performed solos with university bands and professional orchestras,
including the Cedar Rapids and Victoria, British Columbia, symphony orchestras.
Recently he played by invitation in the Millennium Gala Concert of the Nations,
featuring an orchestra of all first-chair orchestral players in a performance
of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, held Nov. 30, 1999, at Lincoln Center in
New York. He will play a second concert in Lincoln Center with the same orchestra
Nov. 21, 2000.
Krem has held positions as principal trombone of the Winnipeg Symphony,
the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony.
He has performed with well-known musicians including Aaron Copland, Arthur
Fiedler, Sir Neville Mariner, Sir Georg Solti and Victor Borge. He has presented
master classes in the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan.
He began his performance career as principal trombone of the Chicago Civic
Symphony. He holds bachelor's degrees from Wheaton College and a master's
from the American Conservatory of Music. He studied trombone with Keith Brown
at Indiana University; Jay Friedman, principal trombone of the Chicago Symphony;
and the legendary brass teacher Arnold Jacobs, also of the Chicago Symphony.
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. He has
bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Michigan State University and
a doctorate in music education from the University of Illinois.
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 United States.