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Sept. 1, 2006

Center For New Music Will Present Violin-Piano Concert Sept. 13

The University of Iowa Center for New Music will present a concert by its director, pianist David Gompper, and guest artist Wolfgang David, violin, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The free concert will feature works both inside and outside the standard repertoire, as well as new works by Gompper and UI alumni John Allemeier and Joseph Dangerfield.

The complete program will be:

-- "King's Cross" (2006) by Allemeier;

-- "Dreams of Fin" (2006) by Dangerfield;

-- "Much Ado About Nothing," op. 11 (1918/19) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold;

-- the Sonata in F major,  K376 (1781) by Mozart;

-- "Phantasie," op. 47 (1949) by Arnold Schoenberg; and

-- "Star of the County Down" (2005) by Gompper.

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

Gompper and David have performed together frequently as a duo, including previous concerts on the UI campus. They played the Sept. 13 program this summer in Frankfurt, Germany, and all but the Mozart sonata will be recorded later in September for their second and third CDs, one featuring new works and one featuring 20th-century masterpieces for violin and piano.

A recent doctoral graduate of the UI, Allemeier teaches composition and music theory at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. "King's Cross" takes its title from the London Underground tube stop where 26 people were killed in a terror attack on July 7, 2005, and includes a lament for the victims of the kind of violence experienced in New York, Washington, Madrid and London.

Dangerfield is a 2005 doctoral graduate of the UI. He teaches composition and music theory and directs orchestral activities at Coe College. His "Dreams of Fin" was conceived as an extension of one of Gompper's earlier works for violin and piano, "Finnegan's Wake." According to the composer, "Dreams of Fin" begins "precisely where 'Finnegan's Wake' ends, as though one has passed through the ether to the realm of the dead, into what Edgar Alan Poe once referred to as the 'Dream World'."

"Star of the County Down" is the first in a series of three pieces for violin and piano by Gompper based on Irish tunes, together with "Music in the Glen" and "Finnegan's Wake." The single movement work, beginning and ending with simple statements of the melody, is made up of a series of perpetual-motion variations with a climax that finds the tune continually being fragmented, torn and warped.

Complete program notes and composer biographies may be found on the Center for New Music Web site, at www.uiowa.edu/~cnm/41.060913.html.

Gompper has been professor of composition and director of the Center for New Music at the UI since 1991. His compositions are performed throughout the United States and Europe, and he has taught, presented lectures, and performed around the world. For more information, see www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/THEORYgompper.htm. More information about the Center for New Music is available at www.uiowa.edu/~cnm/.

David has performed in Europe, the United States, Russia, Japan, South Korea, India, Egypt, Israel, Turkey and South Africa. He is the winner of competitions and prizes including the University of Vienna's "Foundation Stefanie Hohl" award, top prize in the Kulenkampff International Competition (Cologne) and the International Music Competition of Pretoria, South Africa. For more information, see the CNM Web page, www.uiowa.edu/~cnm/41.060913.html.

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