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Feb. 4, 2005

World Premiere Will Be Part Of Feb. 17 Recital Program By Flutist Tamara Thweatt

Flutist Tamara Thweatt will present a world premiere as part of a recital program she is playing with pianists Alan Huckleberry and Shari Rhoads at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

All three performers are members of the UI School of Music faculty. Their performance will be free and open to the public.

Thweatt, who has studied both the modern flute and the 18th-century Baroque flute, will play a varied and wide ranging program:

-- "Les Folies d'Espagne" for solo flute, composed in 1701 by Marin Marais, which Thweatt will play on the wooden Baroque flute;

-- the Sonatina for flute and piano by 20th-century British composer Malcolm Arnold, performed with Huckleberry;

-- the world premiere of "Those infernal exsanguinators" by Tom Schnauber, performed with Huckleberry; and

-- a transcription for flute of the Sonata for violin and piano of Cesar Franck, performed with Rhoads.

Thweatt described her program as "ranging from Baroque with Marais, written in 1701, through the late romantic with Franck and the tuneful 20th-century sonata by Arnold, to the world premiere of the Schnauber, written in 2004.

"The Schnauber is a difficult and complex work utilizing some extended techniques and a bit of humor also! It is a depiction of how annoying mosquitoes can be in a hot Minnesota summer."

Now in her second year on the UI faculty, Thweatt has been an extremely active performer on campus. She played her debut solo recital at the UI last April, and was soloist with the UI Symphony Band in February of last year. During her first year on the faculty she also performed with the Iowa Woodwind Quintet, the Center for New Music, and on recitals by several of her faculty colleagues.

Thweatt was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 2000-2002, following the completion of her doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1999. A busy orchestral musician, she has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and many regional ensembles.

As a Fulbright Scholar to England, Thweatt spent a year of intensive study in the studio of Trevor Wye and performed in Fulbright-sponsored recitals in London and Berlin. She also holds a masters degree from Northwestern University and a bachelors degree from Florida State University.

Prior to coming to Iowa, Thweatt served on the faculties of Concordia College in Ann Arbor and the Interlochen Arts Camp. She has an interest in Baroque music, especially the works of J. S. Bach. 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 recently performed the Vivaldi C Major Piccolo Concerto with the Pontiac Oakland Symphony and the C.P.E. Bach Flute Concerto in A Major with the Bach Sinfonia. 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.

Huckleberry is an active solo pianist and chamber musician. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and the United States. He is also a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including the first prizes in the German National Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition.

As a chamber musician Huckleberry was the featured pianist at flutist Amy Porter's 2003 summer workshop at the University of Michigan. For the past three summers he has been the faculty chamber music coordinator and faculty pianist for the University of Michigan's All-State program at Interlochen. Prior to his appointment this fall at the UI, Huckleberry taught at the Cologne Conservatory in Germany, the University of Michigan, and at Albion College in Michigan.

A proponent of contemporary music, Huckleberry has worked extensively with composers Bright Sheng, Michael Torke, Carter Pann, Evan Chambers, John Berners, and Tom Schnauber. A collaboration with the German radio station WDR in Cologne, led to a compact disc recording of American "crossover" music, which includes works of William Bolcom, William Albright, Pann, Berners, and Schnauber. Most recently Huckleberry was invited to perform at "Criss Cross: Conversations about America's Music."

Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty as opera coach and diction teacher in the fall of 2000. Before arriving at the UI she taught music history at the Music conservatory in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. Rhoads earned the title of Kapellmeister at the Lucerne (Switzerland) Theater. She was conductor and coach at the opera theater in Darmstadt, Germany, the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Spain, and the Teatro de las Zarzuela in Madrid.

Her accompanying credentials include recitals with Jose Carreras, Luis Lima and Montserrat Caballe with whom she worked exclusively as coach/accompanist and orchestrator. She has appeared at numerous international festivals including Aix-en-Provence, Luzern International Festowche and the Beethovenhaus Chamber Music series. Rhoads continues to perform internationally and conducts master class world-wide on Mozart operas with collaborator Georges Delnon. She earned her degree in accompanying and has completed post-graduate studies in opera coaching/conducting at the University of Southern California.

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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