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Release: April 16, 2003

IPTV Will Broadcast UI Symphony Sunday Evenings April 20, 27

A performance by the University of Iowa Symphony with conductor William LaRue Jones will be broadcast on statewide Iowa Public Television at 9 p.m. Sunday, April 20, and 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27.

The broadcast will feature the University Symphony performing the "Symphonie fantastique" of Hector Berlioz. The performance was part of a concert by the University Symphony on its Signature Series of subscription concerts, given Feb. 26 in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.

A student performing ensemble sponsored by the UI School of Music, the University Symphony has been part of the cultural life of the campus and community since its founding in 1921. The orchestra is filled by auditions, which are open to all UI students. Jones is the University Symphony's third conductor, succeeding founder Philip Greeley Clapp and James Dixon.

One of the landmarks works in the development of the 19th-century Romantic style, Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique" was written in 1830, when the composer was 27. Its five movements were based loosely on the outline of the classical symphony, but in almost every other way Berlioz's symphony was a work of unprecedented originality. The melodic structure is completely original, harmonies have a logic of their own and the sound of the orchestra is entirely Berlioz's invention.

Most famously, the program, or dramatic narrative, that runs through the symphony is carried to an extreme of literalness. The movements follow the autobiographical story of a young artist, dreaming in the first movement of his beloved, who is represented by a memorable theme. In the second movement, the theme is heard again in the midst of a ball. Next, the artist goes into the country, where thoughts of his beloved are mingled with the sounds of shepherds' pipes and a distant thunderstorm. In the lurid final two movements, the artist dreams first of being executed for the murder of his beloved, and then of a witch's Sabbath where he is mocked by her spirit.

A UI music alumnus, Jones joined the faculty of the School of Music in 1997 as director of the University Symphony and director of orchestral studies. Prior to joining the UI faculty, Jones was the founding music director/administrator of the internationally recognized Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.

Jones has appeared as a guest conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonie Orchester AML-Luzern (Switzerland) and other orchestras around the world. He has conducted all-state and festival orchestras in 46 states and five Canadian provinces. He has been conductor-in-residence at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Miami (Fla.).

The broadcasts of the University Symphony were sponsored by the UI and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the 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>.

For more information on Iowa Public Television, visit their web page at http://www.iptv.org.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.

PHOTOS of University Symphony at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa/photos.html.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, alternative programming that educates, enlightens, and entertains Iowans throughout the state. A noncommercial, public-service mission enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. Nearly one million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Red Oak.