CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Nov. 30, 2001
Photo: John Rapson, head
of the UI jazz studies program
UI Jazz Faculty Ensemble Launches Annual Target Concert Series
CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Jazz Faculty Ensemble will kick off the
2001-2002 Target Community Concert Series at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in Clapp
The hour-long interactive performance will feature
games, storytelling and holiday classics for children, after which the ensemble
will give a far-ranging jazz performance.
The UI Jazz Ensemble is comprised of faculty members
from the jazz studies area in the School of Music: John Rapson, trombone;
Steven Grismore, guitar; Jim Dreier, drums; Brent Sandy, trumpet; Bob Paredes,
saxophone, and Anton Hatwich, Bass.
Rapson, head of the jazz studies program, has been
at the UI since 1993. He has had previous appointments at Westmount College
in California and at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He has appeared on
numerous recordings, five of which were recorded under his leadership. Mark
Gridley has characterized his music as "extending several trends that were
first demonstrated by Charles Mingus and George Russell."
Children and seniors are admitted free of charge.
A one-dollar donation is suggested for adults and will be accepted at the
UI Arts Share administers the concert series. Arts
Share program provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts
to schools and community organizations. The 2001 Arts Share roster includes
approximately 100 faculty and graduate students in music, theater, dance,
the visual arts and creative writing.
UI Arts Share and Target Stores began a partnership
in 1995 designed to sponsor field trips, dance workshops and performances
for children in the Iowa City area. "Last year we discovered that the Target
Community Concert Series really fills a need in the community for family oriented
arts performances," says Diane Kenney Handler, Arts Share director. "The time
and format are perfect for children, and you can't beat the price."
Other concerts in the series will be presented by
WIZARDS! The Double Reed Consort, the Iowa Brass Quintet, the UI Steel Band,
UI Dancers In Company and the LaFosse Baroque Ensemble.
For more information about the Arts Share program,
call director Diane Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618 or send an e-mail to
<firstname.lastname@example.org>. A free Arts Share program guide including
artist roster is available at the Arts Share office, 107 Theatre Building,
the University of Iowa, 52242.