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Release: May 3, 2002
Prunes and Encores will be the subject of horn player Jeffrey
Agrells recital May 14
Agrell, the horn teacher at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present
a program with the unlikely sounding title Prunes and Encores
at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Agrells UI faculty recital, performed with pianist Shari Rhoads, will
be free and open to the public.
Everyone knows what encores are, but prunes is not a word often
associated with music. The term was coined by Norwegian horn virtuoso
Froydis Ree Wekre, Agrell explains. She says, whatever a
prune may be to an American, to a European a prune is a small, sweet delight.
The prunes selected here are just that: catchy or melodious, short, one-movement
The first and last pieces on the program resound with the sounds and
rhythms of the age-old association of the horn, the hunt. Three others are
beautiful, lyrical works by famous classical composers. One is bluesy, and
two are just flat out fast as the dickens.
In any case, there is something here for everyone -- just the thing
to provide a welcome change from the intensity of final exam week.
The complete program of Prunes and Encores will feature, in order,
the Rondo in B-flat by Arnold Cooke; Canto Serioso by Carl Nielsen;
Blues Essay by Richard Maltby; La Basque by Marin
Marais ; Soiree en Mer by Camille Saint-Saens, as arranged by
Agrell; Canon in Octave by Jean Francaix; Romance
by Saint-Saens; and Hunters Moon by Gilbert Vinter.
Agrell is a faculty member in the School of Music, where he teaches undergraduate
horn, directs the Horn Choir, coaches chamber music and performs with the
Iowa Brass Quintet. Before coming to Iowa, he was a member of U.S. Army Bands
from 1970 to 1973 and was associate principal horn with the Lucerne (Switzerland)
Symphony Orchestra from 1975 until 2000. During that time he also performed
chamber music throughout Europe.
Agrell began composing and arranging during his college years and played
jazz guitar and electronic music in the 1980s. For the past decade he has
had a steady stream of commissions from professional chamber music ensembles.
His Rhythm Suite for Clarinet and Marimba was the winner of the 2000 composition
contest of the International Clarinet Association. His works have appeared
on CD and have been broadcast on radio and television nationally and internationally.
Widely respected as performer, teacher and composer, Agrell was a guest artist/clinician
at the 2001 Workshop of the International Horn Society and at the Midwest
Horn Workshop in 2002. He will be a featured artist and clinician at the Juneau
Jazz and Classics Festival beginning three days after this recital. This summer
he will be a coach for the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong.
Agrell has degrees from St. Olaf College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He did further studies at the Institut de Hautes Etudes Musicales in Montreux
(Switzerland) and at the Basel Conservatory. He has been on the editorial
staff of two international brass journals and has more than 60 published articles
to his credit.
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
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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