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Release: August 16, 2002

Signature series of five ticketed concerts highlights 2002-03 season of UI Symphony

The 2002-03 season of concerts by the University of Iowa Symphony and conductor William LaRue Jones will feature the Signature Series of five major concerts in Hancher Auditorium. General admission for concerts in the Signature Series will be by individual or series tickets, sold in advance through the Hancher Auditorium box office.

This will be a departure for the orchestra, whose Hancher Auditorium concerts have been free in past years.

Kristin Thelander, director of the UI School of Music, said moving from free concerts to charging admission was partly a financial decision, but was one that offered opportunities as well. She commented, “For more than 60 years, the University Symphony has filled every venue where they have performed, from the Iowa Memorial Union under Philip Greeley Clapp in the 1930s to Hancher Auditorium under James Dixon in the 1970s.

“Now, conductor William LaRue Jones will take the orchestra into new territory by presenting our very first ticketed subscription season of themed concerts. In the current economic climate this is a necessity for the orchestra, but it also a presents an exciting opportunity for us to move ahead by announcing each season in advance and giving our many fans the chance to plan for the year.

“I am proud of the season that Professor Jones has planned for the 2002-03 year, and all of us in the School of Music look forward to sharing some wonderful music with our audience.”

The five concerts in the Signature Series will all be at 8 p.m. in Hancher Auditorium. Unless otherwise indicated, the concerts will be under Jones’ direction:

--Wednesday, Sept. 18: “Voyage,” an interplanetary voyage in music, featuring “The Entry of the Gods Into Valhalla” from “Das Rheingold” by Richard Wagner; “Krypton” by Cedar Rapids native Michael Daugherty; and “The Planets” by Gustave Holst;

--Wednesday, Oct. 16: “ ’sWonderful: A Gershwin Celebration,” featuring “Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture”; “An American in Paris”; and “Rhapsody in Blue,” with pianist Rene Lecuona;

--Wednesday, Dec. 4: “The Great Brahms Requiem,” performed with university choral groups under the direction of Timothy Stalter;

--Wednesday, Feb. 26: “The French Legacy: Celebrating Berlioz’s 200th Birthday,” featuring “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Paul Dukas; “Elegy” by Gabriel Faure, with cellist Anthony Arnone; and Berlioz’s “Symphony Fantastique”; and

--Wednesday, April 23: “Experience Mahler,” featuring the Lenore Overture No. 3 of Beethoven and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with soprano Rachel Joselson.

Other activities by the University Symphony during the 2002-03 season will include a free concert, Wednesday, Nov. 13 in Clapp Recital Hall, featuring organist Delbert Disselhorst performing the organ concerto of Alexandre Guilmant; and performances of the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater in December and March.

A UI music alumnus, Jones joined the faculty of the School of Music in 1997 as director of the University Symphony and director of orchestral studies. Prior to joining the UI faculty, Jones was the founding music director/administrator of the internationally recognized Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.

Jones is a highly honored musician, having received the Twin Cities Mayors' Public Art Award, the American String Teachers Association Exceptional Leadership and Merit Award and the David W. Preuss Leadership Award. He has also been selected Musician of the Year by Sigma Alpha Iota, a music honorary society.

Jones has appeared as a guest conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonie Orchester AML-Luzern (Switzerland) and other orchestras around the world. He has conducted all-state and festival orchestras in 46 states and five Canadian provinces. He has been conductor-in-residence at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Miami (Fla.).

Jones holds a Master of Fine Arts in music from the UI and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

General seating ticket prices for the inaugural Signature Series have been announced at $7 for each concert ($5 for seniors and $3 for UI students and youth), with subscription tickets providing admission to five concerts for the price of four ($28, $20 and $12). Tickets will be available from the Hancher Auditorium Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office is closed between semesters, but will resume its regular school-year business hours on Monday, Aug. 26: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. In the meantime, the box office will continue to receive mail orders, at Hancher Box Office, The University of Iowa, 231 Hancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IA 52242-1794. All orders received while the box office is closed will be filled in the sequence that they are received.

A Division of Performing Arts brochure with an order form for University Symphony Concerts and other events will soon be available. To receive a copy, contact Judith Moessner at (319) 335-3213, or by e-mail at judith-moessner@uiowa.edu.

Starting Aug. 26, you may call the Hancher Box Office from the local calling area at (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. You may also contact the box office by e-mail, at hancher-box-office@uiowa.edu. After Aug. 26, tickets will be on sale on-line at http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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.