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Release: Nov. 8, 2002

‘NUTCRACKER’ SUITE WILL BE PART OF NOV. 24 FAMILY CONCERT

The Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra and the All University String Orchestra from the University of Iowa School of Music will jointly present the second of two concerts featuring music for children, including Tchaikovsky’s popular “Nutcracker” Suite, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert will be under the direction of graduate conducting students in the UI School of Music.

The All-University String Orchestra will play four pieces for the first half of the program: “Concerto sesto aus” by Giuseppe Valentini, conducted by Jean Montes; the String Symphony No. 12, written at the age of 14 by Felix Mendelssohn, conducted by Margaret Licon; Benjamin Britten’s “Simple Symphony,” conducted by Enaldo Oliveira; and “Jarabe” by Emmanuel Arias, conducted by Montes.

After intermission, the Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra will play two pieces: the “Poet and Peasant: Overture” by Franz von Suppe, conducted by Ju Choel Wang; and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” Suite, conducted by Montes.

The performance of the “Nutcracker” Suite will feature dancers from the UI Dance Forum and choreography by Grace Snider.

The Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra and the All-University String Orchestra are part of the orchestra program of the UI School of Music, which includes the University Symphony and three chamber orchestras.

The children’s concerts by the Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra are part of the Target Fall Community Concert Series presented by the UI Arts Share program and supported by a grant from Target Stores, Inc.

A program of the UI Division of Performing Arts, Arts Share provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools, local art councils, community arts associations, museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations throughout Iowa and the surrounding region. The Arts Share roster includes nearly 100 faculty and graduate students in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing.

For more information about the Target Fall Community Concert Series or Arts Share, contact Diane Kenney Handler at 335-1618 or d-kenney-handler@uiowa.edu, or access the Arts Share website at www.uiowa.edu/artsshare.

The concert is presented free of charge, with a $1 suggested donation for adults. Children age 17 and under and seniors 65 and over are free.

Arts Share and the UI School of Music are 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 <ur-acr@uiowa.edu>.