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Release: Sept. 29, 2000

Iowa Composers Forum brings new music by Iowa composers to the UI Oct. 13

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Center for New Music will present a concert of new works by Iowa composers, as well as former Iowans now living outside the state, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, which will be free and open to the public, is part of the annual statewide meeting of the Iowa Composers Forum, an event being held Oct. 13-14 at the UI. In addition to the concert, the meeting will include panel discussion, a performance workshop and readings of new works.

A non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of new music in Iowa, the Iowa Composers Forum (ICF) has members throughout the state, as well as members outside of Iowa who maintain ties to the state. Works programmed for the Oct. 13 concert are:

-- "Children of Poseidon" for string quartet by Joshua Reznicow of West Des Moines;

-- Sonata for Viola and Piano by Ray Songayllo of Indianola;

-- "Rush Hours" for flute, clarinet, violin cello and piano, by Jeffrey Cadwell of Minneapolis;

-- "Dialogues" for clarinet and tape by Elaine Erickson of Urbandale;

-- "Of Thee I Scream" for euphonium solo by Ching-chu Hu, a doctoral composition student at the UI;

-- "Fast Track" for flute and piano by Jonathan Chenette of Grinnell; and

-- "Sally Goodin" for string quartet by Anthony Lis of Brookings, S.D.

Founded in 1987, the ICF serves as an advocate for music of all styles. With members of varying ages, professional training, and interests, the ICF strives for musical quality, diversity and programmatic innovation. Through concerts, workshops and panel presentations, newsletters, and annual festivals, the ICF has promoted awareness of Iowa composers and their music, enhanced networking opportunities for Iowa composers and listeners, fostered the creation of new work and enriched the cultural climate of Iowa.

The Center for New Music (CNM) is directed by David Gompper, a faculty member in the theory and composition area of the UI School of Music. A flexible organization devoted to the presentation of the music of the past 100 years, the CNM is part of the new UI Division of Performing Arts. The center supports its own performing ensemble, including both faculty and students of the School of Music, and presents concerts of recent music by guest artists.

The CNM was founded in 1966 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The center promotes the performance of new music by providing a core group of specialists in contemporary performance techniques. Its programming has included world premieres as well as acknowledged contemporary masterworks.

In November 1998, an East Coast tour by the Center included a performance at Merkin Hall in New York City. Critic Paul Griffiths opened his New York Times review of the concert by observing that "an ensemble of faculty and graduate students from the University of Iowa performed strongly Tuesday night," and he praised Gompper for "the concert’s clarity and directness."

In 1986 the center received the Commendation of Excellence from Broadcast Music, Inc., the world’s largest performing rights organization, and it recently received grants from the Aaron Copland Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. Today, the Center for New Music is supported by the UI Division of Performing Arts.

Information on the UI Center for New Music, including complete program notes for the Iowa Composers Forum concert, is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.uiowa.edu/~cnm. The ICF website can be found at http://www.iowacomposers.org.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.