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Nov. 19, 2004

Orchestras From UI School Of Music Present 'Holiday Concert' Dec. 5

The Philharmonia Orchestra and the All-University String Orchestra from the University of Iowa will present a free Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be under the direction of four graduate students in the conducting program of the School of Music. The conductors -- Valdir Claudino, Jason Hooper, Jeremy Starr and Enaldo Oliveira -- will take turns, so that each conductor leads each ensemble at least once.

For the first portion of the concert, the All University String Orchestra will perform Arcangelo Corelli's Concerto Grosso in G minor, op. 6 no. 8 with Claudino; "Fantasia on a 17th Century Tune" by Richard Stephan with Hooper; the "Christmas Symphony" by G. M. Schiassi with Starr; and the Suite from "Abdelazar" by Henry Purcell with Oliveira.

After intermission, the Philharmonia Orchestra will perform Leroy Anderson's "Christmas Festival Overture" with Claudino; "Overture on Jewish Themes" by Livingston Gearhart with Starr; Tchaikovsky's Holiday favorite, the Suite from "The Nutcracker," with Oliveira; and J.S. Bach's chorale "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (Sleepers, wake!) andAnderson's perennially popular "Sleigh Ride" with Hooper.

The Philharmonia Orchestra and the All-University String Orchestra are part of the orchestra program of the UI School of Music, which includes the University Symphony and three chamber orchestras. William LaRue Jones is director of orchestral studies at the UI School of Music.

A native of Brazil, Claudino received a bachelor's degree in double bass from the University of Belo Horizonte and a master's from the UI. In 2003 he returned to Iowa to pursue his doctorate in double bass with Volkan Orhon and a master's in conducting with Jones. He has been principal bass player with several orchestras in Brazil. His teaching career began in 1987 at Sesiminas high school, where he served also as an arranger and conductor. Since 2000, he has been invited as a teacher and soloist by the Brazilian Association of Bassists and the Campos dos Goitacazes music festival.

Oliveira has a bachelor's degree in violin performance from Santa Marcelina College in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a master's degree from Sao Paulo University. He served as string coordinator at Tom Jobim Music University and as pedagogical coordinator of the Guri Project for the Cultural State Secretary of Sao Paulo. He is a doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting at the UI, where he studies with Jones. Since 2003, he has been manager of the University of Iowa Orchestras and co-director of the All-University String Orchestra. He recently became music director of the Saint Ambrose University Community Symphony Orchestra and music director for the Greater Cedar Rapids Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Starr comes to the UI following his second summer conducting an all-community strings orchestra in his native town of Emporia, Kan. He received his bachelor of music degree from Brigham Young University, where he served as concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra. While in Utah, he played in the first violin section of the Orchestra on Temple Square, the performing and recording volunteer orchestra for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. During the summers of 2002 and 2003, he led the Idyllwild Festival Orchestra as concertmaster and has spent the last year playing in the Wichita Symphony. This fall marks his first semester studying with Jones in the master's degree orchestral conducting program.

Hooper is completing his first semester at the UI after transferring from the School of Music at Oklahoma State University. There, he studied conducting with Richard Prior while teaching lessons in the horn studio, teaching undergraduate music theory and serving as the associate conductor of the Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra. Hooper also headed the student chamber recitals and conducted ensembles in the student composers' concert. He received a bachelor's degree in horn performance from Oklahoma State in 2003. At the UI he is studying orchestral conducting with Jones in the master's degree program.

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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