April 18, 2007
Center for New Music Closes Year With Alumni Works, April 29
The University of Iowa Center for New Music will present a concert of music by UI School of Music alumni, as a tribute to the school's 100th anniversary, at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The free concert will include the world premiere of a chamber concerto written for Gro Sandvik, a visiting faculty member who teaches flute in the School of Music.
A flexible organization devoted to the presentation of the music of the past 100 years, the Center for New Music (CNM) is directed by David Gompper, a faculty member in the theory and composition area of the UI School of Music. The CNM supports its own performing ensemble, including both faculty and students of the School of Music.
Established in 1906, the UI School of Music has celebrated its centennial throughout the 2006-07 academic year. The yearlong Centennial Celebration featured a series of concerts, many of them presenting premieres of new works by UI alumni.
Five works will be performed on the April 20 concert:
--"Four Songs on Poems by William Blake," composed in 1986 by Jerry M. Owen, the Alma A. Turechek Professor Emeritus of Music at Coe College.
--"Two Octave Etudes" for solo piano, composed in 1978 by Alex Lubet, the Morse Alumni/Graduate and Professional Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music, American Studies and Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota.
--"Seeing Those Hours" for saxophone and piano by Paul Paccione, professor of Music Theory and Composition at Western Illinois University.
--"Small Worlds" for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano by James Romig, a member of the faculty at Western Illinois University.
--The world premiere of Brian Vlasak's Chamber Concerto, performed by Sandvik with the CNM Ensemble, directed by David Gompper.
Vlasak, a doctoral candidate in composition in the School of Music, said that the Chamber Concerto is structured like the popular flute concertos of the Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi. "The work has both a three movement construction and a ritornello, recalling many of Vivaldi's flute concerti," he said. "Unlike Vivaldi, however, the ritornello asserts itself across the entire length of the work as opposed to only one movement. Interleaved between the three appearances of the rhythmic ritornelli are several episodes which explore the sonic possibilities presented by the opening sonority."
"The flute seemed like a natural choice for this piece because close approximations of its sound can be found throughout the natural world. Examples of this could be the sound of the wind whistling through the trees on a cold, snowy evening, or that of birds singing back and forth to one another on a placid spring day."
Program notes for other works on the concert have been posted on the CNM's Web page, at http://www.uiowa.edu/~cnm/41.070429.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 http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/THEORYgompper.htm. More information about the Center for New Music is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/~cnm/.
Sandvik has served as solo flutist in the Bergen Philharmonic since 1967. She has an active career as soloist and chamber music performer, which includes premier performances of works written especially for her as well as the Scandinavian premier of John Corigliano's Concerto for Flute. She also teaches on the faculty of the Grieg Academy at the University of Bergen. See: http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/WINDsandvik.htm
The 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.
In 1986, the center received the Commendation of Excellence from Broadcast Music, Inc., the world's largest performing rights organization, and it recently received grants from the Aaron Copland Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. Today, the Center for New Music is supported by the UI Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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