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Feb. 23, 2007

Photos: David Greenhoe, left, and David Gier, right

Greenhoe And Gier Present Faculty Recital March 6

David Greenhoe and David Gier, the trumpet and trombone faculty members at the University of Iowa School of Music, will take turns playing solos with piano, then join forces in a UI faculty recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their performance with pianist Kazuo Murakami will be free and open to the public.

The first half of the recital will consist of a two solo pieces with piano: Greenhoe and Murakami will play the Concerto for Trumpet by Grace Williams, arranged for trumpet and piano, and Gier and Murakami will perform the John Stevens Sonata for Trombone and piano.

After intermission, the two brass players will return for "Brass Knuckles" for C trumpet and tenor trombone by Amelia S. Kaplan, who was a visiting professor of composition at the School of Music 2000-03. The recital will conclude with all three players in a performance of the Concertino for trumpet, trombone and piano by Jacques Castérède.

Williams, a native of South Wales, was a student of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and a friend of Benjamin Britten. She composed many orchestral pieces, including a "Fantasia on Welch Nursery Tunes" (1940), "Sea Sketches" (1947), and concertos for violin, trumpet and oboe.

A professional tubist as well as composer, Stevens is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Yale University. He joined the University of Wisconsin faculty in 1985 as tuba professor. His works for brass instruments have been commissioned by the Chicago Symphony, the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, the International Trumpet Guild, and the International Tuba and Euphonium Association.

The composer wrote that the sonata is intended to "showcase the various outstanding characteristics of the trombone in a solo setting, most especially the power, lyricism and technical capabilities of the instrument."

Kaplan is now teaching at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio. She wrote "Brass Knuckles" for her Oberlin colleagues Roy Poper and James DeSano, both former members of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Jacques Castérède, a life-long Parisian, was born, educated and flourished as a musician in his home city. After nine years at the Paris Conservatory, where he was a student of Messiaen, Castérède won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1953. He joined the faculty at the conservatory in 1959 and taught there until 1992, first as a solfège instructor and later as professor of analysis and composition.

The Concertino combines a subtle jazz influence -- found in much of the French music of this era - with strict counterpoint.

Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass area at the UI and plays first trumpet in the UI Iowa Brass Quintet. He is active as a soloist and recitalist, and during summer seasons he performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Greenhoe was a member of Frederick Fennell's famed Eastman Wind Ensemble and Howard Hanson's Eastman Philharmonia, and was later soloist with "The President's Own" -- the U.S. Marine Band in Washington D.C. For more: http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/BRASSgreenhoe.htm

Gier teaches trombone and brass chamber music in the UI School of Music, and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet. An active soloist, clinician and adjudicator, he has performed and presented at numerous colleges, universities, and professional conferences. He has performed with numerous professional ensembles in New England and is currently principal trombonist of the Quad City Symphony and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater. He spends the summer as principal trombone of the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra in Colorado. For more: http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/BRASSgier.htm

Murakami was born in Tokyo, Japan, and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the world. He studied at Kyoto City University of Arts, the New England Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is currently a doctoral candidate in piano performance at the UI studying with Uriel Tsachor and working as a collaborative artist at Truman State University in Missouri.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846; peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.

PHOTOS of Greenhoe and Gier are available on their School of Music Web pages:

http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/BRASSgreenhoe.htm and http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/BRASSgier.htm