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Feb. 23, 2005

University And Concert Bands Share March 7 Concert At UI

The University and Concert Bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a joint concert, with music inspired by theater, movies, historical events and even a ski run, at 8 p.m. Monday, March 7, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

Two of the concert wind ensembles in the UI Band Department, the University and Concert Bands are open to UI students. They present at least one joint concert each semester.

The Concert Band is directed by Kevin Kastens, a member of the School of Music faculty who also leads the Hawkeye Marching Band during the fall semester and heads the All-State Music Camp each June. The Concert Band will play five pieces on the concert:

-- "Fanfare for a Golden Sky," composed in 2003 by Scott Boerma;

-- "Festiva Jubiloso" by David R. Holsinger, directed by Larry J. Petersen, a UI doctoral student in band conducting;

-- "Skiball," another new work, composed in 2003 by Gordon R. Wallin;

-- "Gallimaufry" by Guy Woolfenden; and

-- a suite from "The Wind and the Lion" by Jerry Goldsmith.

"Skiball" is a programmatic work that represents the journey of a skier as he makes his descent in the dead of winter from a mountaintop in Vermont to his point of origin below. The sky is clear, the air is crisp and the powder is perfect as the skier takes on the many challenges of the mountain.

A gallimaufry is defined by Woolfenden as "a medley; any confused jumble of things; but strictly speaking, a hotch potch made up of all the scraps of the larder." The score was derived from music originally written by Woolfenden for the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1982 productions of Shakespeare's "Henry IV" plays. The concert suite was commissioned by the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles and was premiered in 1983 by the Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra, with the composer conducting.

One of the most prolific film composers, Goldsmith died in 2004. He had composed at least three to five musical scores for motion pictures each year since the late 1950s, as well as occasional scores for television. His works include the music for "Patton," "The Planet of the Apes," several "Star Trek" movies, "Rambo," "Basic Instinct" and "The Mummy," among many well-known films. He received an Oscar for his score for "The Omen."

Goldsmith received an Academy Award nomination for the 1975 motion picture "The Wind and the Lion." This historical adventure drama was set in Morocco near the turn of 20th century. Goldsmith's suite for orchestra was arranged into a single movement work for symphonic band by Michael Davis, staff arranger for the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C.

The University Band is directed by UI graduate teaching assistant Carl Collins. They will perform six pieces on the program:

-- "Fortress" by Frank Ticheli;

-- "Trail of Tears" by James Barnes;

-- "Greek Folk Song Suite" by Franco Cesarini;

-- Symphony No. 1, "In Memoriam Dresden, 1945" by Daniel Bukvich;

-- "Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl, transcribed for band by Robert Cameron; and

-- "The Fairest of the Fair" by John Philip Sousa, as edited by Frederick Fennell.

Collins commented, "When I first heard Daniel Bukvich's Symphony No. 1, I knew it was a piece that I wanted to conduct myself sometime, because of the significant impact it can have on the audience. Cameron's setting of Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria" seemed to fit very nicely as a complement, and it is paired with the Bukvich as one continuous work on this program, almost as a fifth movement of the symphony.

"The remainder of the program was built around this pairing, and was conceived to lead the audience through a range of emotions and thought-provoking works. Although two of the pieces -- James Barnes' "Trail of Tears" and the Bukvich Symphony -- are highly programmatic, the program itself is not intended to be.

"The final piece on the program, Sousa's march "The Fairest of the Fair," was selected to pay tribute to John Philip Sousa for the sesquicentennial of his birth in 1854, and also to pay homage to Frederick Fennell, one of the most significant conductors of wind bands in the 20th century, who passed away at the age of 90 in December of last year."

Kastens is associate professor of music and associate director of bands at the UI. He directs the Hawkeye Marching Band and the Concert Band, teaches band arranging and marching band techniques, and is the director of the All-State Music Camp.

Kastens has presented workshops and clinics on marching band techniques and computer drill design and appeared as guest conductor throughout the Midwest and Canada. He has had numerous articles published on instrumental music education in The Instrumentalist and other professional publications. A leader in the field of computer-assisted marching band drill design, he helped develop "Drill Quest," a drill-writing software 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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