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Release: Nov. 22, 2002
UI CENTER FOR NEW MUSIC PRESENTS MUSIC OF THE 90s DEC.
The University of Iowa Center for New Music will present Music of the
90s, with music by guest composer David Rakowski and other works
from the most recent decade, on a free concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in
Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The program will feature four pieces from the 1990s: Rakowskis Sesso
e Violenza (Sex and violence) for a mixed ensemble of flutes, strings,
piano and percussion from 1996; Andrew Tooveys Adam from
1990, for oboe, clarinet, two trombones, cello, and double bass; Libby Larsons
Dancing Solo for solo clarinet from 1994,; and Younghi Pagh-Laans
U-mul for alto flute, clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello, double
bass and percussion, from 1992.
The program will also include one post-90s piece, the premiere of Oscillations
for oboe, violin, viola, violoncello, and piano by UI undergraduate Martin
McGinn, composed this year.
A flexible organization devoted to the presentation of the music of the past
100 years, the Center for New Music (CNM) is directed for the 2002-03 season
by Amelia Kaplan, a visiting faculty member in the theory and composition
area of the UI School of Music. Part of the UI Division of Performing Arts,
the center supports its own performing ensemble, including both faculty and
students of the School of Music.
Performers for the Dec. 8 concert will include performing assistants from
the CNM, UI music students, and pianist Rose Chancler, a visiting faculty
member in the School of Music. UI graduate students John Winzenberg and Jean
Montes will be guest conductors.
Rakowski has received numerous awards and fellowships, from organizations
including the Koussevitsky Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, the Fromm
Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has twice been a finalist for
the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Rakowskis output includes four concertos,
two symphonies, 48 piano etudes, three song cycles and several works for chamber
ensemble. His music is performed widely and is published by C.F. Peters. Currently
he teaches music composition and theory at Brandeis University.
Kaplan completed her doctorate in composition at the University of Chicago
as a Century Fellow, where her primary teachers included the distinguished
composer/teachers Shulamit Ran, Marta Ptaszynska and Ralph Shapey. She was
the recipient of a Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, which she used for study
at the Milan Conservatory. She also received a diploma of merit from the Accademia
Musicale Chigiana and diploma from the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau.
Her music has been performed around the United States. and in Europe at contemporary
music events, including the Gaudeamus Festival, Darmstadt Festival, Klang,
Sandpoint and others.
The Center for New Music was founded in 1966 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller
Foundation. The center promotes the performance of new music by providing
a core group of specialists in contemporary performance techniques. Its programming
has included world premieres as well as acknowledged contemporary masterworks.
In 1986 the center received the Commendation of Excellence from Broadcast
Music, Inc., the worlds largest performing rights organization, and
it recently received grants from the Aaron Copland Fund and the National Endowment
for the Arts. Today, the Center for New Music is supported by the UI Division
of Performing Arts.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Center for New Music is one the World wide Web at http://www.uiowa.edu/~cnm.
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