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Feb. 13, 2003

Iowa Woodwind Quintet Presents Program Of Unknowns Feb. 27

The Iowa Woodwind Quintet will play a program of highly entertaining works by four virtually unknown composers on a free concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

The Iowa Woodwind Quintet has been in existence at the UI School of Music since about 1932. This will be the first full concert of the season for the group, which has a new member in the flute chair: Robert Dick, who joined the UI faculty last fall. Returning members of the ensemble -- all faculty in the School of Music -- are Mark Weiger, oboe; Maurita Murphy Mead, flute; Kristin Thelander, horn; and Benjamin Coelho, bassoon.

The four works on the Feb. 27 concert will be the "Quintetto Ungarese" (Hungarian quintet) by Ivan Erod; "Homage to Bartok" by Kathryn Hoover; the Quintet for winds by Robert Muczynski; and the Quintet for winds by August Klughardt.

Erod was born in 1936 in Budapest, Hungary, where he attended the Bartok Conservatory to study piano and composition. He is currently a professor of composition at the Vienna Conservatory. Having written numerous works for winds, the quintet showcases his facility with all of the instruments while exploring rich harmonies, intricate rhythmic fascinations, and the Hungarian flavor.

Katherine Hoover was born in West Virginia and lives in New York, where she maintains an active career as composer, conductor and flutist. She is the recipient of a 1994 Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Composition, among other honors and awards. Four of her pieces have won the National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition, in 1987, 1991, 1993 and 1994. She has also received a grant from the Alice M. Ditson Fund, and numerous grants from Meet the Composer.

As a flutist Hoover has given concerto performances at Lincoln Center and performed with leading ballet and opera companies in all of New York's major halls. She has played numerous recitals, both live and on radio and television, and recorded chamber repertoire for several labels. Her "Homage to Bartok" was written in 1975.

Robert Muczynski was born in 1929 in Chicago. At age 29 Muczynski made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, performing a program of his own compositions for piano. At the time he was head of the piano department at Loras College in Iowa.

Considered one of America's most distinguished contemporary composers, Muczynski retired as Professor Emeritus from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1988 after serving as head of the composition department and composer-in-residence for 23 years. During these years he was the recipient of many honors, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, two Ford Foundation fellowships and more than 30 ASCAP creative merit awards.

August Friedrich Martin Klughardt was born in Coethen in eastern Germany in 1847. He held a succession of court posts, including one at Weimar, where he succeeded Franz Liszt, and later at Dessau, where he remained until his death. While he had success with his symphonies, concertos and chamber works and was honored by several universities and musical societies, less than a decade after his death only much of his work had been lost. The woodwind quintet, which was one of his very last compositions, is one of his few remaining works.

A visiting faculty member at the UI School of Music for the 2002-03 academic year, Dick is internationally known as a performer, composer and improviser. He describes himself as "a musician with 21st century skills and 18th century attitudes" who continues the tradition of virtuoso composer/performers like Chopin, Paganini and Jimi Hendrix. As a performer, Dick is particularly known for his mastery of extended techniques on the flute and for the high intensity of his concerts, which have earned him a reputation as "the Hendrix of the flute."

Since coming to Iowa in 1988 Weiger has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, Austria, France and Italy, presented two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, been a finalist in nine international competitions and won First Prize in the Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition (NY). The first oboist to serve as an Artistic Ambassador through the U.S. Information Agency, Weiger performed recitals in Nepal, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan and Sri Lanka. He has recorded for the CRS, Crystal, Chandos and Centaur CD labels

Mead has performed by invitation at International Clarinet Association conferences, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the Southeastern Clarinet Workshop and the conference of the College Band Directors National Association. She has been principal clarinet of several Midwestern orchestras, including the Cedar Rapids Symphony. As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Cleveland Quartet and other ensembles. She had made several recordings, including two CDs of Brazilian choros with pianist Rafael Dos Santos, a UI alumnus.

Thelander joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989 and was elected director of the School of Music in 2000. Active as soloist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, South Korea and the People's Republic of China. As a guest artist she performed a solo with the Chinese National Opera Orchestra for the opening concert of the International Horn Symposium held in Beijing in July, 2000. During the summer she performs with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Ore.

Benjamin Coelho has worked extensively as performer and teacher of bassoon, in both the United States and his native Brazil. He was a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, with whom he played a sold-out concert in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. He has played with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and the Grupo de Musica Contemporanea of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He taught bassoon at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, where he served as the elected vice-dean of the School of Music.

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

CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu. For the Iowa Woodwind Quintet, contact Mark Weiger at (319) 335-1661, mark-weiger@uiowa.edu