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March 19, 2004

Iowa Woodwind Quintet, Tse Will Play Quintets And Sextet April 4

The Iowa Woodwind Quintet will be turned into a sextet when they are joined by saxophonist Kenneth Tse for a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 4 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. Its current members -- Tamara Thweatt, flute; Mark Weiger, oboe; Maurita Murphy Mead, clarinet; Kristin Thelander, horn; and Benjamin Coelho, bassoon -- are all members of the UI School of Music faculty.

Tse joined the UI faculty in the fall of 2002.

The program for the April 4 concert will feature four works: "Quinteto de sopra" by Osvaldo Lacerda, "Little Scenes from China" by Soong Fu-Yuan, "Printemps" (Spring) for wind sextet by Henri Tomasi and the Quintet by John Steinmetz.

Brazilian composer Osvaldo Lacerda came to the United States in 1962 as the first Brazilian to receive a Guggenheim Foundation award. He studied with Aaron Copland and Vittorio Giannini and represented Brazil at the 1965 Inter-American Seminary of Composers in Washington, D.C.

A professor of composition, he served until his retirement in 1992 as a faculty member at the Municipal School of Music of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has written for nearly every medium, earning numerous prizes for his vocal, choral and orchestral compositions and his many chamber works. The "Quinteto de sopra" was written in 1988, and demonstrates his melodic style and ease with Brazilian dance styles.

Soong Fu-Yuan, a native of Nanjing, China, studied piano and composition with his mother until he moved to America at the age of 18. He received performances and commissions from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and 1988 Tchaikovsky Competition Laureate Paul Rutman. By early 1980s many of his works were recorded and presented regularly on American radio.

His "Little Scenes from China," published in 1998, intertwines his twin loves Chinese poetry and Western classical music. Each movement represents a specific scene: "New Year's Day," "A Little Boat on the River Li," "Fast Ride on the South Sea," "In the Moonlight," "Thinking of a Place, Far Far Away" and "Flower Drum Song."

Henri Tomasi was born 1901 in France. From 1928 to 1969, he traveled extensively around the Mediterranean provinces of France, in Laos, Vietnam, Corsica, Moracco and Spain. An accident in 1952 resulted in deafness, which put an end to his public career, but he was able to continue composing until his death in 1971.

The wind sextet "Printemps" [Spring] comprises three connected movements: "Reveil des Oisaux" (The morning call of birds), "Chant d'Amour" (Song of love) and "Danse Des Oiseaux" (Bird dances). Tomasi once stated, " I have remained a melodist," Tomasi wrote. "I write for general public. . . . Music which does not come from the heart is not music!"

John Steinmetz is known as an innovative performer-composer, a designer of new approaches to concert-giving, a consultant to computer and record companies and an essayist on subjects from innovative curricula to the predicament of concert music in America. As a consultant to researchers at Atari, Apple Computer and Walt Disney Imagineering, Steinmetz wrote experimental software for music teaching and programmed computers to perform in chamber music.

He is also principal bassoonist of Los Angeles Opera and Master Chorale, a member of XTET and a frequent contributor of bassoon phrases to movie soundtracks. He plays with the Bill Douglas Trio, a bassoon-oriented jazz funk-Afro-Irish-Latin-classical Renaissance fusion band. In the summer he performs at the Oregon Bach Festival and at the Skaneateles Festival in upstate New York. He is a board member of Chamber Music America.

As a composer he writes serious music for traditional media -- for example, his Quintet has been released on CD by the Borealis Wind Quintet -- and he has also written comic pieces for oddball combinations -- for example, the St. Louis Symphony's new music series featured his "Lips of Steel" for cello and jello.

Thweatt came to the UI in 2003. She was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 2000-2002 and has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and many regional ensembles. She has studied the Baroque flute and has performed the solo flute part in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Michigan Chamber Players. She also enjoys chamber music of all styles and periods, and has performed George Crumb's "Vox Balaenae" (The voice of the whale) at Interlochen, Mich.

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.

As a Yamaha performing artist and Vandoren endorsed artist, Tse is an active international performer and clinician. He has given performances and master classes in many parts of Asia, Europe and the United States. Many composers have written pieces for him, including saxophone sonatas, saxophone concertos, solo and chamber works by David DeBoor Canfield, John Cheetham, and Leonard Mark Lewis.

Tse studied at Indiana University with the internationally acclaimed American artist and teacher Eugene Rousseau, who is a UI graduate. He has solo compact disc recordings on Crystal Records, RIAX Records, and Enharmonic Records. More information about Tse is available on his web page, at http:// www.kenneth-tse.com.

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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