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March 23, 2006

Photo: Double bass player Anthony Stoops from the University of Oklahoma. Click here for a high-resolution image.

UI Graduate Anthony Stoops Returns To Campus For Reunion Concert April 6

Double bass player Anthony Stoops from the University of Oklahoma will present a guest recital at the University of Iowa, but his performance -- at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the UI Clapp Recital Hall -- will really be a reunion.

An alumnus of the UI, Stoops later went to school with two UI faculty members who will perform with him -- pianist Alan Huckleberry and violinist Scott Conklin -- and UI double bass teacher Volkan Orhon is an old friend.

"We are thinking of calling this performance the alumni reunion at the UI," Orhon said.

The program will feature the four performers in a variety of combinations, including one new work by Stoops that will be a world premiere. Stoops said he will introduce each piece from the stage during the concert.

The complete program will be:

--"Intermezzo" for bass and piano by Rheinhold Gliere.

--Duos by Gliere, originally for violin and cello and arranged for violin and bass.

--"Oblivion" for violin, bass and piano, by Astor Piazzolla, originally for violin and cello.

--The world premiere of Stoops' "Nessie's Dream" for violin and bass.

--"Milonga en re" by Piazzolla, originally for violin and arranged for bass.

--"Kadenza: Fantasy for Double Bass Alone" by Teppo Hauta-aho.

--Duos by Bela Bartok, transcribed by Stoops for two double basses from Bartok's 44 duos for two violins.

--"Croquis" for bass and piano by Serge Lancen.

Stoops received an undergraduate degree in music from the UI and earned his master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Michigan. While in Iowa City, he taught at the Preucil School of Music.

Since winning first prize in the International Society of Bassists solo competition, Stoops has performed throughout the United States as a recitalist and chamber musician. He is the newly appointed artist-teacher of double bass at the University of Oklahoma School of Music.

A versatile performer, Stoops performs frequently as a solo, chamber, studio and orchestral musician. His repertoire ranges from the traditional repertoire and American music to improvised and composed avant-garde music. He has premiered several compositions for solo double bass, including several of his own, and for double bass with other instruments. He has played in the Detroit, Columbus and Toledo Symphony orchestras, among others, under renowned conductors including Neeme Jaervi, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta and Charles Dutoit.

The past recipient of a Karr Foundation double bass, Stoops is a co-founder of the Great Midwestern String Clinic in Davenport, which provides intensive instruction for middle school and high school string students in the Quad Cities area. Prior to his appointment in Oklahoma, he taught at the Preucil School, Ann Arbor School for Performing Arts and the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts. He has presented master classes throughout the United States and in Brazil.

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. 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 at the UI, Huckleberry taught at the Cologne Conservatory in Germany, the University of Michigan and Albion College.

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."

Conklin has performed as a violin soloist with numerous orchestras including the Louisville, Nashville and Berlin Symphony Orchestras. He is a first place winner of the Music Teachers National Association Competition, and he regularly performs as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. He was a featured artist at the 2004 MTNA National Conference, and he frequently appears in concert with his duo partner, pianist Robert Auler.

Conklin holds the honorary distinction of being a "Kentucky Colonel," a title given to him by Gov. Wallace Wilkinson of Kentucky. During the summer months he serves on faculty at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wis., the Michigan All-State Division at the Interlochen Arts Camp, the University of Texas at Arlington Summer Strings Camp, Sound Encounters Music Festival and the Ottawa Suzuki Institute Mid-Southwest. In addition to master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan, he holds a bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Orhon's professional career spans a wide variety of solo, orchestral and chamber music performing and teaching across the country and around the world. He has played with internationally recognized musicians including double bassist Gary Karr and the Emerson String Quartet. He has performed as soloist with orchestras across the country, including the El Paso Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Connecticut Orchestra, Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, Cortlandt Chamber Orchestra and Northern Westchester Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his solo playing, he has been a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Opera Orchestra and a freelance musician throughout New England. He recently completed a European tour with the Fazil Say and Kudsi Erguner Jazz Quartet, performing at the Montreux, Paris, Antibes, Montpellier, Istanbul and Izmir jazz festivals.

Orhon was a finalist and prize-winner in the Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition in New York City, and was the co-first place winner of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. He was the first double bass player ever to win the Grand Prize overall and first prize for double bass at the American String Teachers Association Solo Competition.

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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