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Release: April 26, 2002

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

GAMELAN FROM GRINNELL COLLEGE WILL PLAY AT UI MAY 7 -- The Javanese Gamelan from Grinnell College will present a free performance at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7 in the Lounge of the International Center on the University of Iowa campus.

The performance is presented in conjunction with the UI School of Music World Music course, taught by T.M. Scruggs.

A gamelan is a large, predominantly percussion, orchestra that is used to perform music for listening pleasure and to accompany dance and various forms of dance and puppet theatre. It is taught as a one-credit course at Grinnell, under the direction of Roger Vetter. Because the instruments of the gamelan provide students with a variety of different challenges, many members of the ensemble remain involved in the study of this music over several semesters.

They play on authentic instruments from the court city of Yogyakarta on the island of Java, Indonesia.

Javanese gamelan music and dance are highly integrated, and Grinnell is one of the few places outside of Java where both are regularly taught. The highly controlled and codified movements of Javanese dance provide Americans a perspective on the art of dance that differs considerably from the classical Western tradition. Musicians and dancers in the ensemble stage one on-campus performance each semester as well as performance on tour in Iowa and the Midwest.

A distinguished ethnomusicologist, Vetter has visited Java several times for research and study. He has directed the gamelan at Grinnell since 1981, after leading gamelan ensembles at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Hawaii at Honolulu. At Grinnell he has served as chair both the music department and the humanities division. He was a visiting Fulbright lecturer in Music at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.

Vetter received a doctorate in ethnomusicology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has written notes for gamelan recordings and published articles on Javanese music Ethnomusicology, Asian Music and other scholarly publications..

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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WOMEN’S CHORUS CONCERT MAY 7 -- The Women’s Chorus, an ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be conducted by Greg Douma, a graduate assistant in the School of Music.

The concert features the “Stabat Mater” of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, a multi-movement work composed in 1736.The “Stabat Mater” features the choir of 29 and a chamber orchestra. Soloists will be UI students Matthew Walker and Kari Douma.

Other pieces on the program will be: “Weep, O Mine Eyes” by John Wilbye; “Positive Women: Susan” by Janika Vandervelde, a piece is written in the minimalist style and featuring violinist Carrie Beaderstadt and narrator Samantha Lee Egbert; “Weep No More” by David Childs; “Lift Thine Eyes” from the oratorio “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn; and a set of three pieces entitled “Today, this Spring” by Libby Larsen.

Douma said “The program features a thematic progression through three stages of emotional expression -- sorrow, comfort and strength -- as expressed in pieces from the 16th through 20th centuries.”

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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COMPETITION WINNERS PERFORM WITH MAIA QUARTET MAY 8 -- Outstanding student chamber musicians from the University of Iowa School of Music will be showcased on a free concert, performing with members of the Maia String Quartet, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Hikari Nakamura, a piano student in the School of Music, will perform the Schumann Piano Quintet with the quartet as winner of the Maia Quartet Chamber Music Competition.

In addition, two student duos, chosen from among groups in the school’s chamber music program, will each perform a piece at the concert: Maggie Darby, cello, and Moriah Niels, bass, will perform the Rossini Duo for Cello and Double Bass; and violinist Kate Hatmaker and pianist Lilia Stoytcheva will perform the Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano in c minor, Op. 30 No. 2.

The quartet-in-residence at the UI School of Music, the Maia Quartet -- Amy Kuhlmann Appold and Timothy Shiu, violins; Elizabeth Oakes, viola; and Amos Yang, cello -- teach chamber music and coach student chamber ensembles in the School of Music. The quartet initiated the competition to provide recognition and a valuable performance opportunity for outstanding students in the chamber music program.

Open to all UI music students, the competition was judged by members of the quartet. Students performed individually in an initial audition, and finalists were then selected to audition by playing with the quartet. Nakamura was selected the winner on the basis of her playing with the quartet.

This year’s competition focused specifically on chamber music with piano. Each year, the competition focuses on a different family of instruments, rotating in turn through strings, piano, wind players and singers.

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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KANTOREI MAY 10 -- Kantorei, the premiere vocal ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present its final concert of the 2001-02 academic year at 8 p.m. Friday, May 10, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus

The concert, under the direction of UI doctoral student C. Michael Porter, will be free and open to the public.

The featured piece on the program will be the oratorio “Jephte,” a historically important work by the 17th-century composer Giacomo Carissimi. Also on the program are three secular works by Brahms and three chansons by the 20th-century French composer Francis Poulenc. Student soloists for “Jephte” include Kerri Middleton, Chad Graham, Matthew Walker and Greg Douma

Carissimi was one of the 17th-century pioneers of musical composition. He took the techniques from the newly developed musical dramas known as “opera” and created works on sacred subjects that could be performed as concert pieces. This approach met the church’s objection to theatrical performances, particularly during Lent, while maintaining all the inherent musical drama of the new styles.

One of the first oratorios, “Jephte” is based on a story from the Old Testament. A warrior, Jephte makes a vow to God to sacrifice the first person he meets after a battle in exchange for victory. On returning home he is greeted by his own daughter and he must decide whether to fulfill his vow or spare his daughter. Jephte, his daughter, her friends, and other characters in the drama are portrayed through music.

Kantorei is a touring ensemble of approximately 30 singers, most of whom are graduate students. Kantorei presents four or five concerts on campus each year, tours to off-campus performances and participates in major choral works with the University Symphony. Past tours have been international, including performances in Russia, Korea and Spain.

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>.