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Sept. 3, 2004

Eugenia Zukerman Solos With UI Symphony Sept. 22

Flutist Eugenia Zukerman, an internationally renowned musical artist who is also well-known as a writer and as a cultural correspondent on CBS "Sunday Morning," will be the soloist in a concert with the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of William LaRue Jones, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the UI Hancher Auditorium.

Zukerman will be featured in the Concerto for Flute by Carl Nielsen, Richard Rodney Bennett's "Six Tunes for the Instruction of Singing Birds" and "Night Soliloquy" by Kent Kennan. The orchestra will also perform Mozart's Overture to "Don Giovanni" and Dvorak's dramatic Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70.

During a three-day residency at the UI, Zukerman will also present a master class at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in Room 1027 of the UI Voxman Music Building. The public is invited to observe the master class, free of charge.

The concert and master class continue an annual collaboration between Hancher Auditorium and the UI School of Music that each season pairs a prominent touring artist with a major UI student ensemble. The University Symphony is the top orchestral ensemble at the School of Music.

With her combination of vivacious stage presence and expressive technical virtuosity, Zukerman has been a popular artist with orchestras, in solo and duo recitals, and in chamber music ensembles in North America, Europe and Asia for more than 25 years.

Her Hancher performance is her first fall engagement after spending the summer as artistic director of the Vail Music Festival, a post she has held since 1998. The concert is something of a homecoming: Hancher presented Zukerman at the beginning of her career as part of its Young Concert Artists Series.

As a recording artist, Zukerman has recorded for Delos, CBS Masterworks, Pro Arte, Vox Cum Laude and Newport Classics. Recent recordings for Delos include: "ChinaSong" with the Shanghai Quartet; an acclaimed performance/live recording of American  composer Lowell Liebermann´s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; "Aria," a collection of opera favorites; and her well received solo flute recording, "Incantation."

The critic of the Arizona Sun wrote: "Zukerman, a dazzling virtuoso, makes music as it is meant to be made; combining a beautiful sensitivity with technical finesse that is almost unbelievable. Here is an artist who spins with her music a magic web that she spreads over an audience to pleasantly ensnare it as she offers some incomparable enrichment. . . . an unending flow of delicate, warm, silvery sound that is hypnotic in its quality."

She has been the arts correspondent for CBS "Sunday Morning" since 1981 and has done more than 300 artist profiles. She has appeared on a variety of other television programs as a guest, including PBS' "Charlie Rose Show," NBC's "Today" and A&E's "Breakfast with the Arts."

Zukerman has also written four books, including two novels. Her newest book, "In My Mother's Closet," is an anthology of essays about the relationships between mothers and daughters.

A UI music alumnus, Jones joined the faculty of the School of Music in 1997 as director of the University Symphony and director of orchestral studies. Prior to joining the UI faculty, Jones was the founding music director/administrator of the internationally recognized Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.

Jones has appeared as a guest conductor with a wide array of professional, festival, collegiate and student ensembles throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, ranging from the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minneapolis Pops to the Penang (Malaysia) Symphony, the Antofagasta (Chile) Symphony and the Symphony Orchestra of Lucerne (Switzerland). Jones has conducted more than 70 all-state orchestras with additional festival/clinics in most of the 50 states and Canadian provinces.

He has served extended conducting residencies at the North Carolina School for the Arts, the University of Miami, Interlochen Academy for the Arts and Kansas City Conservatory. He also is the founding artistic director of the critically acclaimed Conductors Workshop of America. In addition to serving as guest clinician for numerous conducting seminars for professional/educational associations internationally, Jones is music director and conductor of the Oshkosh (Wisc.) Symphony.

Jones is a highly honored musician, having received the Twin Cities Mayors' Public Art Award, the American String Teachers Association Exceptional Leadership and Merit Award and the David W. Preuss Leadership Award. He has also been selected Musician of the Year by Sigma Alpha Iota, a music honorary society.

The Gazette is the corporate sponsor of the Sept. 22 concert, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets to the concert by Eugenia Zuckerman with the University Symphony are $27, $24 and $21; $24.30 and $15 for UI students; $24.30, $21.60 and $18.90 for senior citizens; and $18.90, $16.80 and $14.70 for youth. Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: hancher-box-office@uiowa.edu.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu.

PHOTOS of Zukerman are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher/media.html; photos of Jones and the University Symphony can be found at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa.