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Release: March 25, 2002

Music faculty celebrate April Fool's Day with tongue-in-cheek performance in Clapp Hall

It appears in the calendar as a University of Iowa School of Music faculty recital by percussionist Dan Moore, but it's the date that tells the real story: the free concert, at 8 p.m. Monday, April 1 in Clapp Recital Hall will definitely be an April Fool's event.

"This is a concert of April fools," Moore said of the performance, which will also feature his UI faculty colleagues Tadeu Coelho, flute; Susan Sondrol Jones, soprano; and Shari Rhoads, piano.

"As an April baby, I have always wanted to do an April Fools Concert," Moore said. "It should be a lot of fun and, with any luck, pretty funny and entertaining. The entire program will be full of surprises and classic vaudeville-style humor."

Moore, who has presented concerts on recycled instruments for Earth Day and featured performers playing on buckets and chairs, added, "If past history is any indicator, this event should be provide plenty of laughs and groans."

Moore will open the performance alone, playing "Tambourines" by Rupert Kettle, a work that lives up to its title by calling for three tambourines.

Next, Moore and Coelho will play three lighter works from Brazil, Coelho's native country: "Carinhoso" and "Tico Tico," two of the country's most popular musical exports; and ":Manha de Carnaval" by Luis Bonfa and Carl Sigmand, which translates loosely as "A Day in the Life of a Fool."

The remainder of the program will be devoted to a short play in two scenes that Moore assembled from various musical numbers and novelties, "A Day in the Life of a Drummer." The performance features Moore, naturally enough, as the drummer, with Rhoads as his faithful companion, Charito Carminos, and Jones as the perfect wife, Ronna Deed.

Musical pieces in the play will include "Hashi," "Allemande du poulet," "Valse Brillante" by George Hamilton Green, Jerome Kern's "Can't Help Lovin' That Man," "The Drum Lesson" by John Serry, "Murder, He Says" by Frank Loesser, and Moore's "Big Bam Boom."

"The play is a glimpse into the life of an aspiring percussionist, which should be pretty funny to begin with," Moore said. " 'The Drum Lesson' is a very funny piece where the performer gets a mail order phonograph drum lesson -- much to the chagrin of his loving wife.

"Preparing this program his been a lot of fun. If you surround yourself with creative people and let them do what they do best, great things can happen. My advice is, bring your loved ones and be prepared to laugh."

An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic and multi-percussion, he is considered a "total percussionist." He is a performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Ltd., and Innovative Percussion.

As a soloist, Moore has developed a unique new style of marimba performance, using a MIDI set-up that allows him to create layers of electronically triggered and natural acoustic sounds. For the past 12 years he has toured as a member of the Britain/Moore Duo, whose CD "Cricket City" has been described by Pan-lime Magazine as "a brilliant collage of pan-marimba pieces."

In 1998 Moore received a grant from the UI Central Investment Fund for Research Excellence to produce a CD of his arrangements of the Percussion Pops music of legendary percussionist Dick Schory, a pioneer of the contemporary percussion ensemble. "Percussion Pops 2000 presents Jungle Fever: The Music of Dick Schory" was recorded by the UI Recording Studios and released in 1999.

Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. An international touring artist sponsored by the Miyazawa Flute Company, he has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the Americas. He has performed as first solo flutist with the Santa Fe Symphony, the Hofer Symphoniker in Germany and the Spoletto Festival Orchestra in Italy. In the summer of 1996 he was invited to play with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood under conductors Bernard Haitink, Robert Shaw and Robert Spano.

Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire, with special interest in the music of Latin America. Many composers have written works for him, including UI faculty members Michael Eckert and Lawrence Fritts, as well as Ronald Roseman, Ruth Schonthal, Joaquin Gutierrez Heras, Eduardo Gamboa, Amaral Vieira, Michael Weinstein, Steven Block, Richard Herman and others. His CD recording of the music of Brazilian composers was released on Tempo Primo in 1995, and he also recorded works by Thomas Delio on 3D Classics. His new CD of 20th-century Mexican flute music was released in the spring of 1999 and is available, along with Coelho's other recordings, from Eble Music in downtown Iowa City.

An alumna of the UI School of Music, Jones is an adjunct professor of voice and coordinator of the voice, opera and choral areas. She has had an extremely diverse professional career, having appeared in opera and oratorio throughout the Midwest, been a member of the renowned Dale Warland Singers and the Bach Society of Minnesota, and sung solo recitals with a variety of instrumental combinations.

A great deal of her career has focused on the teaching of singing, beginning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinic and extending to faculty appointments at the UW Parkside and the MacPhail Center for the Arts at the University of Minnesota. At the MacPhail Center she served as chair of the voice department and initiated a series of Artist Master Classes that has served as the model for similar programs throughout the country. She has served two terms are North Central Governor and four years as Minnesota State Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty in the fall of 2000. She earned her degree in accompanying and has completed post-graduate studies in opera coaching/conducting at the University of Southern California. Before arriving at the UI she taught music history at the Musikhochschule (Music conservatory) in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. Rhoads has also been Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater and conductor/coach at the opera theater in Darmstadt, Germany. She was coach at the Barcelona and Madrid opera theaters.

Her accompanying credentials include recitals with Jose Carreras, Luis Lima and Montserrat Caballe with whom she worked exclusively as coach/accompanist and orchestrator. She has accompanied master classes with a number of renowned artists including singer Gerard Souzay, cellist Lynn Harrell and violist William Primrose, and served as staff accompanist for the Francesco Vinas (Barcelona, Spain) and Munich International competitions.

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

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