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Release: April 19, 2002

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

NEW MUSIC BY UI STUDENTS APRIL 28 -- The Composers Workshop from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert of new works created by students in the UI Electronic Music Studios at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 28 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will feature new works by four composers: “Graveyard” for tape by Brett Simon; “abstractica” for tape and video by Michael Cash; two pieces by John Ritz, “Devices and Desires” for cello and tape and a video piece, “The Last Wave”; and “Bob and Sam” for tape by Tim Fischer,

Simon is a senior majoring in media production/communications with a minor in music. He studies composition with Lawrence Fritts, director of the UI Electronic Music Studios. “Graveyard” makes use of sampled sounds by various stringed instruments, modified by computer to create hollow sounds and spatial effects.

An Iowa native, Ritz studies composition with Fritts. Composing since the age of 17, he has written many works drawing upon his varied experience in classical, jazz, rock and improvised music. His works have been performed throughout the United States as well as in France, Italy and Russia. Ritz says he feels “inspired by and connected to the tradition of the avant garde, those artists that strive to explore new paths through agonizing self-examination.”

Rich describes “Devices and Desires” as “a tour de force for the cello. Its almost delirious construction mixes innocent nostalgia with uncomfortable personal obsessions.”

Fischer is an undergraduate working towards an interdepartmental studies major in sound production who also studies composition with Fritts. He wrote, “‘Bob and Sam’ was written as a tribute to my cat Sam and my girlfriend’s hamster Bob, who passed away over the winter. Source sounds for the piece include vibraphone, cheap paddle drum, myself, and a container of orange juice.”

The Electronic Music Studios have been part of the composition program at the UI School of Music for more than 30 years. In recent years, Fritts has brought the latest generation of technologies to the studios. Students and faculty now have access to three multiple-platform workstations that integrate SGI, Kyma, and Macintosh digital audio technology.

Earlier this year, the Electronic Music Studios played host to SEAMUS 2002, the national conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, which brought more than 250 composers, performers and scholars of music created using electronic means to the UI campus for a series of public concerts as well as scholarly papers, panels, and other presentations.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.

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TWO BANDS PRESENT CONCERT MAY 1 -- The University and Concert Bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will present their final concert of the Spring semester at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

The University and Concert Bands are two of the concert-giving ensembles supported by the band department. Both groups are open to all UI students by audition. They present a series of concerts on campus, including a joint performance near the end of each semester.

The University Band will perform six works under the direction of UI graduate assistant Brian Amaral: “Dedicatory Overture” by Clifton Williams; Merlin Patterson’s band arrangement of “Down A Country Lane,” originally for piano by Aaron Copland; “Capriccio and Cavatina” for band by. James Curnow; the Second Prelude from George Gershwin’s Three Preludes for piano, arranged by John Krance; John Philip Sousa’s march “The Thunderer”; and “Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo” by Malcolm Arnold, arranged for band by John Paynter.

The Concert Band, which is under the direction of UI music faculty member Kevin Kastens, will feature two student guest conductors and a student soloist on its part of the program. Amaral will conduct the band in “A Festive Overture” by Alfred Reed; undergraduate Katie Sullens will be featured in “Variations on a Theme of Glinka” for oboe and wind band by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; and graduate student Boyd Perkins will lead a performance of Frank Ticheli’s “Cajun Folk Songs II.”

Kastens will conduct Morton Gould’s “Jericho Rhapsody,” a musical setting of the familiar Old Testament story of Joshua at Jericho, and the circus march “Cyrus the Great” by Iowan Karl L. King.

Sullens attended Cedar Rapids Prairie High School and graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Mich. She has won the Midwest Double Reed Society Annual Competition, Iowa’s OctOBOEfest Competition, Midwest Musical Imports Regional Double Reed Competition, and the Iowa Council for the Arts Award, and she is a recipient of the Himie Voxman Award and a Music Activities Scholarship. In her sixth year of study with UI faculty member Mark Weiger, she is a freshman studying oboe performance and nursing

Sousa dedicated “The Thunderer” to the Knights Templar of Washington, D.C.. Said to have been Mrs. Sousa’s favorite march, it was chosen by Sousa as one of five to be featured by his Great Lakes Naval Training Station Band on their tour in behalf of the American Red Cross during World War I.

In his “Jericho Rhapsody,” American composer Morton Gould uses jazz rhythms and harmonies of the big band era, as well as a full battery of percussion and an augmented trumpet section to dramatize the story of Joshua at Jericho.

Karl L. King composed nearly 300 works, including serenades, overtures, rags, intermezzos, waltzes and galops, as well as his 188 marches. Although many of King’s later marches were composed for purposes not associated with his circus experience, they still retained the excitement and contrast found in his music for the big top.

Kastens is associate professor of music and assistant director of bands at the UI. He directs the Hawkeye Marching Band and the Concert Band, teaches band arranging and marching band techniques, and is the director of the All-State Music Camp. He Kastens has presented workshops and clinics on marching band techniques and computer drill design and appeared as guest conductor throughout the Midwest and Canada.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.

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UI JAZZ REPERTORY ENSEMBLE PLAYS MAY 4 -- The University of Iowa Jazz Repertory Ensemble will play music by jazz masters and native Iowa musicians on a free concert, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be under the direction of UI jazz faculty member Brent Sandy.

The Jazz Repertory Ensemble is one of three big bands, and at least 10 combos of varying size, supported by the jazz studies area of the UI School of Music. Based on the standard big-band instrumentation, it has full sections of reed, brass and rhythm instruments. Made up largely of students in the UI School of Music, the Jazz Repertory Ensemble performs works by established jazz masters as well as new works by UI students and other jazz composers.

Three Iowa composers will be represented on the May 4 program. Chris Merz is a native of Washington, Ia., and a UI graduate Currently on the faculty of UNI, Merz has toured four continents with members of the Brubeck family, including famed jazz pianist/composer Dave Brubeck. He has played with many of the leading South African jazz musicians and played lead saxophone with several East-Coast big bans, including the Cecil Bridgewater Big Band. He has recorded several CDs, and appeared at the 2001 Iowa City Jazz Festival with the jazz trio Equilateral.

The Jazz Repertory Ensemble will play Merz’s “Slinky.”

Bob Thompson studied saxophone at the UI before going on the road. He has played with Bo Ramsey and the Sliders, the Blue Band, and Dennis McMurrin and the Demolition Band. He currently plays with several groups around Iowa City, including the Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz, the OftEnsemble and the Cunliffe/Thompson Duo.

Thompson will be a featured soloist in his piece, ‘Elephant Skip,” as well as the last piece on the program, Iowa Paul McKee’s “The Messenger.”

McKee received a bachelor’s degree from UNI and a master’s in composition from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a member of Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd since 1984, and he continues to tour and record with the band. He has served on the jazz faculty at DePaul University, Northern Illinois, Youngstown State and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. His recent recording, “Gallery,” was released on the Chicago-based Hallway Records label.

Works by master jazz composers and arrangers will be “Don’t Git Sassy” and “The Waltz you Swang for Me” by Thad Jones; “Gentle Piece” by Kenny Wheeler; “ABC Blues” by Bob Brookmeyer; and Quincy Jones’ arrangement of “Makin’ Whoopee.”

Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty in 2000, is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn performer, teacher and clinician. Sandy performs regularly with local jazz groups including the OddBar Trio, Equilateral and the OftEnsemble. As a member of the Orquesta Alto Maiz and OddBar he has made seven CDs, toured Europe in 1998 and twice been featured on “Jazzset with Branford Marsalis” on National Public Radio. He is an educational specialist/clinician and Conn Vintage One artist with United Musical Instruments, a division of United Musical Instruments, USA, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Iowa City Jazz Festival.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.