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Oct. 3, 2003

Biennial Festival Brings Oboists To Iowa City Oct. 17-19

OctOBOEfest, the biennial celebration of the oboe and related musical instruments that had its beginning at the University of Iowa, will return to the UI for a weekend of major artists in concerts, master classes and lectures, oboe exhibits, raffles, a college and high school solo competition and double-reed ensemble activities Oct. 17-19.

OctOBOEfest was founded in 1992 by Mark Weiger, the professor of oboe at the UI School of Music. "Every other year OctOBOEfest brings to our campus the country's best oboists performing some of the world's best oboe music -- as well as a little fun," Weiger says.

"While perhaps heavy on the oboe it is intended to be an invitation to the general public to hear good music, meet some amazing musicians and enjoy all the School of Music has to offer with its excellent concert halls, strong faculty and talented students."

The organizer and director of the 2003 festival, Weiger will perform on several of the public concerts. Other featured artists this year will be oboists Wayne Rapier and Thomas Indermuehle, and WiZARDS! A Double Reed Consort, a quintet that spans the full double-reed gamut from oboe and English horn to bassoon and contrabassoon.

OctOBOEfest performances open to the public free of charge will be:
-- 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 in Clapp Recital Hall: Gala Opening Recital by WiZARDS! A Double Reed Consort;
--3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building: Pot Pourri Guest Artist Recital, featuring Wayne Rapier, Thomas Indermuehle, Andrea Gullickson and Mark Weiger, oboes, with Alan Huckleberry, piano;
--1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in Harper Hall: OctOBOEfest Recital by the Double Reed Ensemble of Iowa; and
--3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in Clapp Recital Hall: Concerto Concert featuring Wayne Rapier, Thomas Indermuehle and Mark Weiger, oboes, and WiZARDS! A Double Reed Consort, with the UI Chamber Orchestra and UI graduate student conductors Margaret Licon, Enaldo Oliveira and John Winzenburg.

That's a lot of oboe music in one weekend, but Weiger says that's the whole idea. "Having so many oboists together, and having so much oboe music played, provides an experience you can't usually find in Iowa or the Midwest," he says. "Through this event oboe students are introduced to the great artists in the oboe community, and they have the opportunity to develop new professional relationships, new ideas and higher standards. OctOBOEfest is designed to foster fellowship and strengthen the quality of oboe playing and teaching in Iowa."

"I also hope that our guests will discover the quality and joys that are an enriching part of life at Iowa and the UI."

The Friday evening Gala Opening Concert by WiZARDS! will include original wind music, arrangements by WiZARDS! member Greg Morton, and "Blues for D.D.," jazz-inflected score by UI faculty member Jeffrey Agrell.

The potpourri concert at 3 p.m. on Saturday will feature five solo works for oboe by Stanley Hollingsworth, Luciano Berio, Andrea Clearfield, Nikos Skalkottas and Emil Kronke, as well as the Quartet for three oboes and English horn by Graham Powning.

Sunday's 1:30 p.m. concert by the Double Reed Ensemble of Iowa will feature both novelties and more serious works, ranging from an arrangement of Mozart's "Impresario" Overture to the "Star Spangled Banner Concert Variations" by Dudley Buck and an improbable Serenade for 8 bassoons by Agrell.

The concluding Concerto Concert, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, will include the U.S. premiere of "Karuna" by Akira Nishimura, as well as J.S. Bach's Concerto in A major for oboe d'amore and the Concerto No. 3 by Antonio Reichenauer. WiZARDS! will round out the program with Graham Powning's "Contemporary Concerto Grosso" for double-reed ensemble and orchestra.

For complete information on OctOBOEfest 2003, including complete concert programs, registration materials and the requirements and repertoire lists for the oboe competition, visit the OctOBOEfest web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~oboefest.

Past guests of OctOBOEfest include the famed Swiss oboist Heinz Holliger; professional oboists from England, Russia and China; and American oboists with the New York Philharmonic, New York Woodwind Quintet, New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Juilliard School, Hartt Conservatory in Hartford, Manhattan School of Music, Yale, Dartmouth, the universities of Michigan, Illinois, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kentucky, Washington, Wisconsin and Ohio State.

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, won First Prize in the Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition (NY), performed double concertos with the Chicago Symphony's former principal oboist, Ray Still, and presented solo recitals with many other notable oboists.

As 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. Following the New York premiere of the Bernard Rand Concertino, New York Times critic Paul Griffiths praised Weiger's "mellifluous oboe playing" and critic Gerald Gabel wrote, "Weiger's virtuosic abilities were a perfect match for this difficult work. . . . not since Heinz Holliger in his prime have we heard an oboist with his control and mastery." He has solo and chamber music recordings out on the CRS, Crystal, Boston and Centaur CD labels.

Wayne Rapier was principal oboist of the Indianapolis Symphony when he was 19, served as principal oboist of Philadelphia's Robin Hood Dell Orchestra and the Boston Pops, associate principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony, and taught oboe at Indiana University and the Oberlin Conservatory. He played the Philadelphia premiere of the Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto. Rapier produces the Oboe Audition Repertoire Festival in France and is president of Boston Records. He teaches oboe at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., and at the New England Conservatory in Boston.

Thomas Indermuehle spent several years as a solo oboist in the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. In 1974 he was awarded a prize at the Prague International Competition, and in 1976 he won the International ARD Competition in Munich. Since then he has appeared as a soloist in almost all European countries, the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea and Australia. He teaches at conservatories in Zurich, Switzerland, and Karlsruhe, Germany. With dozens of CDs he can be found on the Camerata, Philips, EMI, Claves and Noavalis labels.

WiZARDS! A Double Reed Consort was established in 1993. The ensemble has toured through much of the United States, maintained residencies throughout the West and Midwest, performed at numerous international conferences, and commissioned more than 20 new ensemble works. Their library of over 400 double-reed ensemble works, listed on their website www.dca.net/wizards, is a worldwide resource for double-reed players.

WiZARDS! has some 30 works now published through Bocal Music. Having garnered high praise for each of their three CDs; their efforts have been to help other ensembles come together; to develop repertoire through research, publication, commission and recording; and to inspire double-reed players and audiences. Members include Weiger, Andrea Gullickson, S. Blake Duncan, Greg Morton and Benjamin Coelho. Their newest CD, "WiZARDS! Works!" will be released at OctOBOEfest and will feature works they have premiered, commissioned and arranged.

OctOBOEfest 2003 is made possible through the generous support of Eble Music of Iowa City; Rigoutat Oboes of France; Midwest Musical Imports of Minnesota; Nora Post Oboes in New York; Gail Warnaar Music in Vermont; WiZARDS! Double Reed Consort; Kristin Thelander, director the UI School of Music; Reck Violin Shop of Coralville; Glen Harman of Illinois; and Tong Oboe Gougers in Massachusetts.

Complete Schedule for OctOBOEfest 2003

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17
8 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall: Gala Opening Recital by WiZARDS! A Double Reed Consort

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall: Midwest Musical Imports Oboe Competition
9 a.m. in Harper Hall: Master Class with Thomas Indermuehle
11 a.m. in Opera Rehearsal Room: Double-Reed Ensemble Readings
1 p.m. in Harper Hall: Master Class with oboists from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields
3 p.m. in Harper Hall: Pot Pourri Guest Artist Recital, featuring Wayne Rapier, Thomas Indermuehle, Andrea Gullickson and Mark Weiger, oboes, with Alan Huckleberry, piano
8 p.m. in Hancher Auditorium: OctOBOEfest participants may attend concert by St. Martin in the Fields (tickets available from Hancher Auditorium Box Office)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall: Midwest Musical Imports Oboe Competition
9 a.m. in Harper Hall: Master Class with Wayne Rapier
11 a.m. in Opera Rehearsal Room: Double-Reed Ensemble Reading
1:30 p.m. in Harper Hall: OctOBOEfest Double-Reed Ensemble Recital
3 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall: Concerto Concert featuring Wayne Rapier, Thomas Indermuehle and Mark Weiger, oboes, and WiZARDS! A Double Reed Consort, with the UI Chamber Orchestra and UI graduate student conductors Margaret Licon, Enaldo Oliveira and John Winzenburg

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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