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Release: Sept. 15, 2000
Sept. 27 concert of new works by David Gompper will celebrate relationships
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- David Gompper, a faculty member in the theory and composition
area of the University of Iowa School of Music and director of the UI Center
for New Music, will present a concert of his recent compositions at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 27 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert will
be free and open to the public.
Gompper, a pianist, will perform several works with UI School of Music faculty
members, graduate students and guest artists. Other works will be performed
by student ensembles. The complete program and performers will be:
-- Three Preludes for organ, performed by music faculty member Delbert Disselhorst;
-- "Caedmons Hymn" for mixed chorus, performed by the UI
choral ensemble Kantorei, directed by music faculty member Timothy Stalter;
-- "A Song Cycle" on six poems by Marvin Bell, Iowa Poet Laureate
and a professor in the Iowa Writers Workshop, performed by Gompper with
music faculty members Katherine Eberle, mezzo-soprano; John Muriello, baritone;
Susan Jones, soprano; Stephen Swanson; bass; and Diana Gannett, string bass;
with guest artist Pamela Weest-Carrasco, harp;
-- "Transitus" for wind ensemble, performed by the UI Concert
Band, directed by UI faculty member Myron Welch; and
-- "Shadows II" for piano, percussion and brass quintet, performed
by the Iowa Brass Quintet with Gompper and UI graduate student Jon Donald,
percussion, and directed by graduate student Ching-chu Hu.
In part, this program is a celebration of Gomppers relationships with
other faculty at the UI. For example, several works on the program are being
performed by the original faculty artists for whom they were written. The
Three Preludes were written for Disselhorst in 1996, for the dedication of
a new organ in Seattle. One of the Marvin Bell songs was written for Eberle
in 1997, and two others were written for Eberle and Gannett, who with Gompper
premiered them in Brazil in August.
Two other of the Marvin Bell songs were written for "Words and Music,"
a course that Gompper and Bell have taught together at the UI since 1993.
In the class, student poets and composers are paired together to create songs
together. In conjunction with the class, and as an example for the students,
Gompper and Bell have created new works together, too.
"Shadows II" was commissioned by the Iowa Music Teachers Association
(IMTA). One of Gomppers most recent works, it was premiered in Clapp
Recital Hall June 4, 2000 during the IMTA state convention. That performance
featured Gompper with the Iowa Brass Quintet and conductor Ching-chu Hu.
The large ensemble works are a little older. "Caedmons Hymn,"
based on the oldest known poem in Old English, was written in 1986 and premiered
in Ann Arbor, Mich., July 26 of that year. "Transitus" was commissioned
by the University of Texas-Arlington. It was premiered by the UT-A Wind Ensemble
and conductor Ray Lichtenwalter in Carnegie Hall in New York July 5, 1992.
Gompper joined the music theory and composition faculty of the UI School
of Music in 1991. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at San Diego State
University, a Master of Music from the Royal College of Music in London, and
a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of Michigan.
His teaching experience includes two years at the University of Nigeria in
Nsukka and a faculty position at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Gompper has received numerous awards for his academic and musical achievements,
including the Charles E. Ives Prize for composition from the American Academy
and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Composers Fellowship from the National
Endowment for the Arts.
His "Lament for Bosnia" was premiered in 1998 by the UI Symphony
and Choruses as part of "Global Focus: Human Rights 98," the
UIs year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights. Of his other compositions, "Transitus" was premiered
at Carnegie Hall and "Flip" was premiered by the Kansas City Chamber
Recently, Gompper traveled to Thessaloniki, Greece, and the University of
Auckland in New Zealand to lecture on current American musical trends in composition.
In May 1999 he performed a concert of his works and lectured at the Moscow
Conservatory of Music in Russia. He has also served as a cultural specialist
for the United States Information Agency in Kwangju, South Korea.
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