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Release: May 3, 2002

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

UNIVERSITY CHOIR MAY 12 -- The University Choir, one of the student groups in the choral program at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present its spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The program will feature English choral music from the late Renaissance, a Baroque piece accompanied by strings and continuo, a set of six choral songs by Johannes Brahms and three pieces by contemporary American composers. The concert, under the direction of UI graduate student Darcy Lease-Gubrud, will be free and open to the public.

The opening portion of the concert will feature choral works by English composers Adrian Batten and Orlando Gibbons. Next will be a cantata on Psalm 117, “Laudate Jehovam, omnes gentes” (O praise the Lord, all ye nations), by Georg Phillip Telemann, the 18th-century German composer who, according to legend, was the first choice of the committee that eventually hired J.S. Bach as music director for the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. Concluding the first half of the concert will be six choral songs from Brahms’ “Zigeunerlieder” (Gypsy songs).

After intermission, the University Choir will perform the Wedding Cantata by Daniel Pinkham, “Love Lost (A Cycle of Four Satirical Poems on Love)” by Paul Sjolund, and “The Lighthearted Lovers,” op. 47a, by Kirke Mechem.

Lease-Gubrud is a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the UI. She is on sabbatical from her position as director of choral activities at Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minn., where she conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Community Chorale. Prior to coming to Ridgewater she was instructor of music at Divine Word College and Northeast Iowa Community College. She received a bachelor’s degree from Clarke College in Dubuque and a master’s in choral conducting from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

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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PERCUSSIONISTS’ ‘LAST CHANCE’ MAY 12 -- The spring semester “Last Chance” concert of the University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble will begin at 8:02 p.m. Sunday, May 12, making it officially the final student concert of the 2001-02 season at the UI School of Music. The performance, which will be free and open to the public, will be in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The UI Percussion Ensemble is directed by Dan Moore, professor of percussion at the UI School of Music. The group presents a “Last Chance” concert at the end of each semester, as one final opportunity for percussion students to perform the solos and ensemble pieces they have been studying. Traditionally the “Last Chance” concert is also the last performance of the semester in the School of Music.

Moore said the program, which usually falls in place at the last minute, has not been decided yet. “We will feature solos and duos by outstanding students from the percussion studio who will audition for the opportunity to play in the ‘Last Chance’ concert,” he said. “My advice to the audience is, come and be surprised!”

Formed in 1958, the UI Percussion Ensemble has been performing on the UI campus and around the state of Iowa for more than 40 years. The group performs musical styles ranging from ragtime and jazz to 20th-century concert idioms and traditional musical styles from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. In addition to the standard percussion repertoire, the ensemble regularly performs the newest music written by both professional composers and students.

With an extensive array of instruments -- from traditional drums, xylophones and cymbals to just about anything that can be struck, scraped, shaken or smashed together -- Percussion Ensemble performances are known for their variety and fast-paced programming, presented with humor, drama and old-fashioned showmanship.

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.”

Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1996. Only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught percussion at the UI for more than 35 years. He is a performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Ltd., and Innovative Percussion. He has written for Jazz Player, Sticks and Mallets and Percussive Notes magazines.

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>.