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Dec. 6, 2007

Iowa Percussion closes semester with Dec. 16 'Last Chance' concert

The fall-semester "Last Chance" concert of Iowa Percussion will begin at 8:02 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, making it once again the final student concert of the year in the University of Iowa School of Music. The performance, which will be free and open to the public, will be in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Iowa Percussion is directed by Dan Moore, professor of percussion in the UI School of Music. The group presents a "Last Chance" concert at the end of each semester, as one final opportunity for percussion students to perform the solos and ensemble pieces they have been studying. Traditionally, the "Last Chance" concert is also the last performance of the semester in the School of Music.

The program, which usually falls in place at the last minute, is rarely announced before the performance. According to Moore, "Anything could happen! We want people to come and be prepared for a few surprises!"

Formed in 1958 as the UI Percussion Ensemble, Iowa Percussion performs musical styles ranging from ragtime and jazz to 20th century concert idioms and traditional musical styles from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. In addition to the standard percussion repertoire, the ensemble regularly performs the newest music written by both professional composers and students.

With an extensive array of instruments -- from traditional drums, xylophones and cymbals to just about anything that can be struck, scraped, shaken or smashed together -- Iowa Percussion performances are known for their variety and fast-paced programming, presented with humor, drama and old-fashioned showmanship.

An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic, multipercussion and electronic instruments, he is considered a "total percussionist." He joined the UI music faculty in 1996 as only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI. For more information see http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/PERCmoore.htm.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the UI School of Music Web site at www.uiowa.edu/~music/.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to http://list.uiowa.edu/archives/acr-news.html, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Dan Moore, Iowa Percussion, daniel-moore@uiowa.edu; Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072 (office), 319-541-2846 (cell), peter-alexander@uiowa.edu