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Release: May 26, 2000

Iowa Music Teachers Association meeting will bring concerts to UI campus June 4 and 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two performances featuring University of Iowa music faculty, presented as part of the 2000 convention of the Iowa Music Teachers Association (IMTA), will be open to the public. The performances, at 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, June 4 and 5, will be in Clapp Recital Hall.

For the June 4 recital an extensive roster of School of Music faculty will perform a varied program, including the world premiere of faculty composer David Gompper's "Shadows II," which was commissioned by the IMTA for the convention. The performance, featuring the Iowa Brass Quintet, percussionist Brett E.E. Paschal and Gompper as pianist, will be conducted by UI graduate student Ching-Chu Hu. "Shadows II" will conclude the June 4 recital, which will be free and open to the public.

Other faculty artists appearing on this recital will be Tadeu Coelho, flute; Carole Thomas, piano; Rene Lecuona, piano; Maurita Murphy Mead, clarinet; Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin; Uriel Tsachor, piano; and Rachel Joselson, soprano. Guest artist Lucia Barrenechea, piano, will also perform.

Their portion of the program will comprise pieces by Brazilian composer Eduardo Gamboa, performed by Coelho and Thomas; piano pieces by Liszt and Shostakovich, performed by Lecuona; a group of Brazilian "choros" performed by Mead and Barrenechea; two movements of the Richard Strauss Violin Sonata, performed by Vogel and Tsachor; selected songs by Francis Poulenc, performed by Joselson and Lecuona; and pieces by Chopin and Brahms, performed by Tsachor.

For the June 5 recital, pianist Ksenia Nosikova will perform "The Second Year: Italy" from Franz Liszt's "Annees de Pelerinage" (Years of pilgrimage). Tickets for this concert -- $10 for adults and $5 for children -- will be sold at the door.

Liszt worked on the "Annees de Pelerinage" almost constantly throughout his life. In its entirety, the cycle is considered a musical self portrait that covers many aspects of Liszt's personality. The second book of the cycle, "Italy," records the composer's impressions of travels through that country. It includes the "Dante" Sonata, a major composition that is often played apart from the series. In the sonata, Liszt expressed his reaction to Dante's "Divine Comedy," and particularly the description of the doomed souls in "The Inferno."

For more information on the recitals or the IMTA convention, contact Carole Thomas at (319) 351-6987.