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Release: April 18, 2003

University And Concert Bands Present Joint Concert At UI April 30

The University and Concert Bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a joint concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

University Band is under the direction of UI graduate assistant Sean Harris. The Concert Band is directed by Kevin Kastens, a UI faculty member and director of the Hawkeye Marching Band. Graduate student Michael Knight and Kenneth Thompson will be a guest conductors with the Concert Band.

As major ensembles of the UI School of Music, the two bands are open to all UI students. Membership in the Concert Band is by audition. The joint concert will be free and open to the public.

The University Band will present five works: "Who's Who In Navy Blue" by John Philip Sousa; "Sound Prisms" by Brian Balmages; "Fantasia On A Southern Folk Hymn" by James Curnow; "In Memoriam" by Marc D. Camphouse; and "Prelude and Rondo" by David Holsinger.

Camphouse was guest conductor of the 2003 Iowa Honor Band at the UI in February, when the UI Symphony Band performed his "Shining City." "In memoriam" was commissioned by the Revelli Foundation in memory of L.J. Hancock, the director of bands at Norwin High School in North Huntington, Penn. It is based on the hymn "Salvation is Created" by Russian composer Pavel Chesnokov, which Hancock traditionally used as a warm-up for his award-winning marching band.

Sousa composed "Who's Who In Navy Blue" in response to a request from Midshipman W.A. Ingram, president of the 1920 graduating class at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. It had become a custom for each graduating class to have its own new song or march performed at graduation. Sousa composed words to the melody of the trio, which read: "The moon is shining on the rippling waves, The stars are twinkling in the evening sky, And in our dreams Tecumseh softly tells us, We'll be admirals by and by."

David Holsinger was a junior at Central Methodist College in 1966 when Czech composer Vaclav Nelhybel visited the campus to guest conduct the band. Inspired by the visit, Holisinger wrote his "Prelude and Rondo" -- his first composition for band -- in six days.

The Concert Band will also perform five works. Knight will lead a performance of "Universal Judgment" by Camille De Nardis. Thompson will conduct "Scenes from 'The Louvre'," a band arrangement of Norman Dello Joio's Emmy-winning score for a 1964 television documentary. Kastens will lead the band in the "Fantasy on Sakura Sakura," an arrangement by Ray E. Cramer; the Symphony for Band by Morton Gould; and "Clowns" by Philip Parker.

"Universal Judgment" won first prize in a national band contest in Naples in 1878, making it one of the earliest works for the band medium. With its dramatic 19th-century Italian opera style, its many fugal sections and its abrupt change of dynamics, this symphonic poem may at times remind the listener of both Verdi and Beethoven.

"Scenes from 'The Louvre'" was rescored for concert band by the composer in 1966, two years after the original broadcast of the NBC television special. The five movements of this suite cover the period of the famous Paris museum's development during the Renaissance and are based on themes from composers of that period.

Gould's Symphony for Band was written for the West Point Sesquicentennial celebration at the request of Francis E. Resta, director of the West Point Academy Band. It was premiered on April 13, 1952, with the composer conducting. Richard Franko Goldman, the leading band conductor and arranger of the time, described the scoring as "brilliant; it ranks with the scores of (Precy) Grainger as an outstanding example of original and imaginative treatment of band sonorities."

Kastens is associate professor of music and associate director of bands at the UI. He directs the Hawkeye Marching Band and the Concert Band, teaches band arranging and marching band techniques, and is the director of the All-State Music Camp.

Kastens has presented workshops and clinics on marching band techniques and computer drill design and appeared as guest conductor throughout the Midwest and Canada. He has had numerous articles published on instrumental music education in The Instrumentalist and other professional publications.

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