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Release: Jan. 30, 2002

Iowa Brass Quintet performs Feb. 9 on Target Community Concert Series

The Iowa Brass Quintet will perform on the 2001-2002 Target Community Concert Series at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

A resident faculty ensemble at the UI School of Music, the Iowa Brass Quintet (IBQ) performs on the UI campus each semester and for schools, universities, civic concert associations, and professional meetings throughout the United States.

Current members of the IBQ are Jeffrey Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; David Greenhoe, trumpet; and Robert Yeats, tuba, all faculty members of the UI School of Music; and Barbara Deur, trumpet.

Founded in the early 1950s, the IBQ has been widely acclaimed for its artistry in the performance of music of all periods and premieres of new compositions. The quintet's CD "Americana: A University of Iowa Celebration" features works by composers associated with the UI, either as faculty or students in the School of Music, or whose works have been favorites of the group over the years. It was released as part of the celebration of the UI Sesquicentennial in 1997.

The Feb. 9 program also features Tony Oliver, percussionist, who will perform
early-Renaissance dance works with the IBQ. In addition, the ensemble will explore and explain the history and development of brass instruments and perform "Armenian Scenes" by composer Alexander Arutiunian.

Jeffery Agrell holds a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College and a master's degree in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He did further studies at the Institut de Hautes Etudes Musicales (Institute of advanced musical studies) in Montreux, Switzerland, and at the Basel Conservatory. Agrell has been invited to be a guest artist at the 2001 International Horn Workshop in Kalamazoo, Mich. The UI Horn Choir, which he directs, has also been invited to perform there.

Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is chair of the brass area in the UI School of Music and is active as a soloist and recitalist. During summer seasons he performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta, a post he has held since 1975.

Deur is a member of the Quad Cities Symphony and has been a trumpet instructor at UI. She has performed widely as a soloist and clinician, has been principal trumpet of the Des Moines Symphony and has been a member of the Cedar Rapids Symphony.

Gier came to the UI in August 1995. He has taught at Baylor University and Central Connecticut State University. He began his professional career in New England as a member of the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony and Orchestra New England. He has performed with numerous professional ensembles, including the New Haven, Hartford, Waco and San Angelo symphonies, and Keith Brion's Peerless Sousa Band. He is currently principal trombone of the Breckenridge (Colo.) Festival Orchestra.

Yeats has taught at the UI for more than 20 years. He was principal tubist with the Cedar Rapids Symphony for 19 years and has appeared as soloist with many professional orchestras, bands and brass ensembles on the East Coast and across the Midwest. At the UI he teaches tuba and euphonium, directs the Collegium Tubum and edits the "University of Iowa Guide to Selected Wind and Percussion Materials."

Children and seniors will be admitted to the Feb. 9 concert free of charge. A $1 donation is suggested for adults, and will be accepted at the door.

UI Arts Share, which administers the concert series, provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations. The 2001-02 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, at an affordable price."

Other remaining concerts in the series will be presented by the UI Steel Band, UI Dancers In Company and the La Fosse 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 d-kenney-handler@uiowa.edu. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Arts Share office in advance.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. The Arts Share web site is <http://www.uiowa.edu/artsshare/home.htm>. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.