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April 19, 2006

UI Center For New Music Hosts Guest Concerts May 1 And 3

The University of Iowa Center for New Music (CNM) will host two concerts by visiting ensembles from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the University of Minnesota at 8 p.m. Monday, May 1, and Wednesday, May 3. The concerts, both in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus, will be free and open to the public.

The concert is part of a rotating tour that will take the new music ensembles from the UI, the UW and the UM to all three campuses. The UI CNM has already appeared in Madison and Minneapolis, so the May 1 and 3 concerts will complete the touring series.

"This is an exciting opportunity for the School of Music, not only to make performance connections within the Midwest region, but to set forth a series of collaborations and exchanges between new music ensembles at peer institutions," David Gompper, the director of the CNM, said. "As the CNM finishes out its 40th year, it will act as a model for others, in terms of programming and the possible links to contemporary music that we have established."

On the Monday concert, the University of Wisconsin Contemporary Chamber Ensemble will perform seldom-heard virtuoso works by American composers including Elliot Carter, Henry Cowell and George Crumb. The complete program will be:

-- Miniatures for violin and piano by Alex Nohai-Seaman, performed by Edith Hines, violin, and Stacey Barelos, piano.

-- Suite for Solo Clarinet by Robert Levy, performed by Ben Irwin.

-- Crumb's "Eine Kleine Mitternacht Music" (A little midnight music), subtitled "Ruminations on 'Round Midnight by Thelonious Monk," performed by pianist Catherine Kautsky.

-- "Durations 1" for flute, violin, cello and piano by Morton Feldman.

-- "Four Lauds" for solo violin by Elliott Carter, performed by Edith Hines.

-- "Rapture" for cello and piano by Laura Elise Schwendinger, performed by Barelos and Laura Ewing, cello.

-- "Dynamic Motion" and the "Five Encores to Dynamic Motion" for piano by Henry Cowell, performed by Barelos.

Artistic director of the UW Contemporary Chamber Ensemble is Robert Levy, and the managing director for the tour is Laura Elise Schwendinger.

Levy is visiting assistant professor and interim band director at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His compositions, primarily written for friends, have been premiered and performed by several of this country's leading brass virtuosos. In l991 he received a "new work" award from the Wisconsin Arts Board and was named a 1994 artist-in-residence by that organization. More recently he was an artist "fellow" in composition at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He is also a member of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers.

On Wednesday, the University of Minnesota School of Music New Music Ensemble will perform with Young-Nam Kim, conductor and violin, and Jerry Luckhardt, conductor. Gompper will assist on the concert. The compete program will be:

-- A movement from "Louange a l'Immortalite de Jesus" (Praise to the immortality of Jesus) by Olivier Messiaen, performed by Kim and Gompper.

--"Turnstile" for violin and computer-generated sound by Doug Geers.

--George Crumb's "Black Angels, Thirteen Images from the Darkland" for electric string quartet.

-- "Lake Blue Sky" for mezzo soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano by Jennifer Higdon.

-- "Music for Small Orchestra" by Ruth Crawford.

Noted by the New York Times for "sparkling virtuosity, strong colors and intense lyricism," Kim has performed in the United States and Europe in summer festivals, recitals and as a soloist with orchestras including the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In addition to the standard repertoire, he has premiered more than a score of works by important composers. He also served on the jury of many competitions, including the Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy.

Kim is the founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, which this year celebrates its 14th anniversary. At the University of Minnesota, Kim co-directs the New Music Ensemble, which he founded in 2005, and teaches studio violin. He was named the university's Distinguished McKnight Scholar in 1999 and received a Presidential Outstanding Community Service Award in 2000. In December 2001 he was one of six -- and the only musician --"Artist of the Year" honorees chosen by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Jerry Luckhardt is Associate Director of Bands and conductor of the Symphonic Band, Chamber Winds and New Music Ensemble at the University of Minnesota. Luckhardt is also professor of conducting and coordinates all aspects of the undergraduate conducting curriculum at the University of Minnesota. The scope of Luckhardt's conducting background complements his ensemble accomplishments.

He has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician with ensembles around the nation in Europe and Asia. He has earned acclaim from composers such as Michael Colgrass, Shelley Hanson, Libby Larsen, Robert Xavier Rodriguez and Judith Lang Zaimont for performances of their works, Luckhardt is also a strong advocate for music with membership in the College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Minnesota Band Directors Association, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Luckhardt is conductor and artistic director of the Encore Wind Ensemble of Minneapolis and the conductor of the Medalist Concert Band of Bloomington.

Gompper's compositions are performed throughout the United States and Europe. In 1999 his "Transitus" for wind ensemble premiered at Carnegie Hall. A number of his works have premiered in London's Wigmore Hall, including "Hommage a W. A. (William Albright)" for piano and "Shades of Love," a song cycle on the poetry of Constantin Cavafy. He is currently completing a violin concerto, the first movement of which was performed in April 2003 at the Moscow Conservatory.

Gompper has received numerous awards for his academic and musical achievements, including the Charles E. Ives Prize for composition from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Composers Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Complete program notes for both concerts may be found on the Center for New Music Web page, at www.uiowa.edu/~cnm/.

The UI Center for New Music was founded in 1966 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The center promotes the performance of new music by providing a core group of specialists in contemporary performance techniques. Its programming has included world premieres as well as acknowledged contemporary masterworks.

The UI Center for New Music and the School of Music are both members of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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