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Release: March 24, 2000

Iowa Brass Quintet will play music from the Renaissance and the 20th century April 7

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Brass Quintet, a resident ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, will skip from the Renaissance to the 20th century and back with their next free concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 7 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Current members of the quintet are David Greenhoe and Barbara Deur, trumpets; Catharine McClure Jackson, horn; David Gier, trombone; and Robert Yeats, tuba. 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 April 7 concert will begin in the Renaissance, with an arrangement of four madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi, a composer who straddled the 16th and 17th centuries as well as the conventional definitions of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Leaping over the centuries, the quintet will perform the Quintet No. 3 of Victor Ewald from around the turn of the 19th into the 20th century. The late 20th century will be represented by the Brass Quintet of David Dzubay, and the quintet will then go back in time to the early Baroque for an arrangement for modern instruments of the "Centone No. V" of 17th-century composer Samuel Scheidt.

One of the most important figures in the history of European music, Monteverdi wrote the first operas that are still performed by major opera companies, monumental works of sacred music in a wide variety of the styles available during his lifetime, and a series of eight books of highly expressive secular madrigals that illustrate the remarkable transformation in musical style between the Renaissance and Baroque periods. His "modern" harmonies, for the time, provoked a long and bitter controversy with the conservative theorist G.M. Artusi and identified Monteverdi as the leading exponent of the "new style" during his lifetime.

Russian composer Victor Ewald studied engineering and taught at the Institute of Civil Engineering from 1895 to 1915. Like Borodin, another famed Russian composer, music was his avocation: He played cello and horn, participated in amateur chamber music evenings and wrote a number of chamber pieces. After the Russian Revolution he continued to work as an engineer. Like other composers in the early years of the 20th century he also was active as an ethnomusicologist, participating in expeditions in the north of European Russia to collect folk songs.

Dzubay is on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music, where he teaches composition and directs the New Music Ensemble. A former member of the faculty at North Texas State University, Dzubay has conducted groups at the Tanglewood and Aspen music festivals, at Disney World, and with orchestras around the country. From 1995 to '98 he served as Composer-Consultant to the Minnesota Orchestra. His works have been performed by orchestras and ensembles in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia, and he has received many commissions from around the globe. He is currently working on commissions from the Albany Symphony and the Carolina Chamber Symphony.

Scheidt was one of the most important German organists and composers of the early 17th century. He held positions with the court of Brandenburg as well as the Marktkirche, the principal church in Halle. He was highly esteemed as an organist, was consulted on the building of organs, and was also a noted organ teacher. He wrote both keyboard and sacred vocal music, combining the traditional counterpoint of the Renaissance style with the Italian concerto style of the early Baroque.

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. 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.

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.

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.) Festival Orchestra.

Jackson is doctoral student at the UI, where she studies with Kristin Thelander. She is playing with the quintet while Thelander is on leave from the School of Music. Jackson is a member of the Quad City and Des Moines symphonies. She holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the University of South Carolina, and has been a member of the Augusta and South Carolina symphonies.

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."

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/. The Iowa Brass Quintet homepage is at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/BRASensm.html

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Additional information on the Iowa Brass Quintet and a recent photo of the ensemble is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/BRASensm.html.)