Sept. 22, 2006
Instrumental And Voice Faculty Will Present Chamber Concert Oct. 8
Faculty from the instrumental and voice studios of the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert of chamber music as part of the school's year-long Centennial Celebration, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The program will feature two works. Cantata No. 82, "Ich habe genug"(I am satisfied) by J.S. Bach will be performed by baritone Stephen Swanson, with an instrumental ensemble comprising Mark Weiger, oboe; Scott Conklin and Katie Wolfe, violins; Christine Rutledge, viola; Anthony Arnone, cello; and Delbert Disselhorst, organ
The remainder of the concert will be devoted to a performance of four of the six movements of Schubert's Octet in F major for winds and strings, D803. The Schubert performance will feature the same string players as the Bach -- Conklin, Wolfe, Rutledge and Arnone -- plus Volkan Orhon, string bass; Maurita Murphy Mead, clarinet; Kristin Thelander, horn; and Benjamin Coelho, bassoon.
Established in 1906, the UI School of Music will celebrate its centennial throughout the 2006-07 academic year. The celebration was inaugurated Sept. 9 with a highly successful Centennial Gala Showcase Concert and will feature a series of concerts through the 2006-07 academic year, many of them presenting new compositions that were commissioned from UI alumni for the occasion. The concerts, including performances by UI faculty and many of the major ensembles of the School of Music, are listed on the Web at www.uiowa.edu/~music/centennial/centennial.htm
Bach's Cantata No. 82 was written for the feast commemorating the purification of the Virgin and the presentation of Jesus in the temple, also called Candlemas, traditionally celebrated Feb. 2. The Gospel text from Luke includes the well-known "Song of Simeon," or "Nunc Dimittis" in Latin settings, upon which the text of the cantata is based ("Now, Lord, you have kept your promise, and you may let your servant go in peace").
Schubert's Octet was commissioned by Ferdinand Count Troyer, a clarinetist who was employed by Beethoven's student, friend and patron, Archduke Rudolph. Troyer asked Schubert to write something on the order of Beethoven's popular septet for strings and winds. In fact, Schubert modeled the octet very closely on Beethoven's score, adding only a second violin to the ensemble and choosing the same order of movements. And, again like Beethoven, he gave each of the outer movements a slow introduction.
Considered one of the great works of the early Romantic style, the complete Octet lasts nearly an hour in performance. The UI faculty performance will feature the opening movement and the final three, which yields the familiar movement sequence of the Classic era, fast-slow-minuet-fast.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Biographies of all the faculty members participating in the Oct. 8 concert may be found on the UI School of Music Web site, at www.uiowa.edu/~music/.
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