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Release: Nov. 17, 2000
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James Galway and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra perform 'French Fantasy' in
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and superstar flutist James
Galway will perform a concert entitled "French Fantasy" at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 5 in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.
The Orpheus Chamber Orchestras unusual style of management, which
involves neither a conductor nor a hierarchy within the ensemble, will be
the focus of a pre-performance discussion featuring Jude West of the UI College
of Business Administration, at 7 p.m. in the Hancher Greenroom. The discussion
is free to concert ticketholders.
The capability of Orpheus to rehearse and perform at the highest level through
democratic collaboration rather than a musical director has become the inspiration
for a series of management seminars that are presented in corporate settings.
As part of their visit to the UI, members of Orpheus will present a three-hour
seminar on Dec. 6 for students in the UI College of Business and local business
The Dec. 5 all-French concert program features Ravels "Tombeau
de Couperin," the Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Ibert, Faures
Fantasy for Flute and Orchestra and the Symphony in C by Bizet.
Orpheus was founded in 1972 by a group of musicians who aspired to perform
chamber-orchestra repertoire as chamber music. The ensemble developed its
conductor-less approach to the study and performance of this repertoire by
bringing to the orchestral setting the chamber music principles of personal
involvement and mutual respect.
Together they make the interpretive decisions that are ordinarily the work
of a conductor. They also collaboratively choose the repertoire and create
the programs, and they continually study and refine their rehearsal techniques.
For every work, the members of the orchestra determine the concert master
and the principal players for each section. These players constitute the core
group, whose role it is to form the initial concept of the piece and to shape
the rehearsal process. In the final rehearsals, all members of the orchestra
participate in refining the interpretation and execution, with members taking
turns listening from the auditorium for balance, blend, articulation, dynamic
range and clarity of expression.
And in recording sessions, everyone crowds into the production booth to
listen to the initial playbacks. Orpheus has released more than 50 recordings
on the Deutsche Grammophon label, winning numerous awards, including three
1999 Grammy Awards for its jazz-inspired Ravel and Gershwin collaboration
with Herbie Hancock.
Galway, the "Man with the Golden Flute," is the most prominent
classical flutist in the world, and he has also won additional fans for his
performances of Japanese and Irish folk music, crossover and jazz.
After mastering the penny whistle in his hometown of Belfast, Ireland, he
began serious musical training on the flute, winning three top prizes at a
local competition at age 12. Following extensive study at the most respected
music schools in Europe and a series of positions with leading British orchestras
he was appointed principal flute of the Berlin Philharmonic in 1969.
After six years, Galway decided to establish a solo career, and within one
year he had recorded his first four RCA albums, played more than 120 concerts
and appeared as a soloist with Londons four major orchestras.
One of the most successful classical recording artists of all time, Galway
has a discography of more than 50 albums as an exclusive RCA Victor Red Seal
artist, winning Grand Prix du Disque, Record of the Year Awards from both
Cash Box and Billboard magazines, a platinum record and several gold records.
Galway has appeared as a host of his own holiday specials and a regular
guest on a variety of television programs, including the "Tonight Show,"
the "Today" show, "Good Morning, America," "CBS This
Morning," "Sesame Street" and PBSs "Live from Lincoln
Galway was honored as 1997 Musician of the Year by Musical America.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen is the corporate sponsor of the Dec. 5 concert
and the Dec. 6 seminar, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets are $45, $42 and $37. Zone 2 and 3 tickets are available to UI students
For $10, and they also qualify for a 20-percent discount on Zone 1 tickets.
Senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount on all tickets, and tickets
for audience members 17 and younger are half price.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance
is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction.
Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should
dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel
prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and
seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with
TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
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