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Feb. 17, 2006

Members Of Prairie Winds Quintet Will Present UI Guest Recital Feb. 27

Two members of the Prairie Winds -- a professional woodwind quintet headquartered in Illinois -- will play several solo and chamber works on a University of Iowa guest recital at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Clarinetist and UI alumna Susan Warner and flutist Jonathan Keeble will be assisted by pianist Rene Lecuona from the UI School of Music faculty. The complete program will be:

-- Five Bagatelles for clarinet and piano by Gerald Finzi;

-- "Achoo Lullaby" for solo flute by Stephen Taylor;

-- "Rapidfire" for solo flute by Jennifer Higdon;

-- Three American Miniatures for flute and clarinet by John Rutter;

-- "alt.music.ballistix" for solo clarinet by Nikola Resanovic;

-- "Masks" for solo flute by Oliver Knussen; and

-- Tarentella for flute, clarinet and piano by Camille Saint-Saens.

Described as "star quality" by the Boston Globe, Warner is a member of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles. She was formerly principal clarinet of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and played e-flat clarinet with the Rochester Philharmonic.

Warner is a graduate of UI, where she studied with Maurita Murphy Mead, and the Eastman School of Music. She has performed at the Schleswig-Holstein, Heidelberg Castle, Grand Teton and Aspen music festivals. She was twice invited to participate in the Tanglewood Music Center, where she received the Gino B. Cioffi prize for the most outstanding woodwind player and the C.D. Jackson Award for outstanding instrumentalist.

As a member of the Prairie Winds she has toured throughout the United States and has performed at a number of celebrated music festivals, including the Britt Festival in Oregon, where the group served as quintet-in-residence for four years. In 2003, the Prairie Winds began an annual residency at the Madeline Island Music Festival in Wisconsin, which offers a chamber music program for collegiate wind players.

Keeble has been described in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle as having "an engaging and vibrant sound." He is a past winner of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and a recipient of the Eastman School of Music Performer's Certificate. His concerto performances have taken him to venues in North and South America and Europe, performing works by Mozart, Nielsen, Bach, Vivaldi, Gordelli, Chaminade and Rodrigo.

He has commissioned many new works for the flute from young composers and recently received a grant to record a CD of music by generation-X composers. His first solo recording, "Icarus," was released on the Albany record label, and the Prairie Winds' CD "Gale Force" was ranked among the top 15 recordings of 2000 by Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein. In addition to his active solo and chamber career, Keeble is the principal flute of Sinfonia da Camera.

Keeble's performances in the current season include appearing as a featured artist with the Chicago Flute Club and a tour to the Far East. He is a regular performer, adjudicator and presenter at National Flute Association conventions, and will be the Program Chair for the 2008 convention in Kansas City. In addition, he has appeared as a panelist and performer at Chamber Music America conferences, and at the International Double Reed Society.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.