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Jan. 19, 2007

UI Alumnus Returns For Unusual Concert Of Baroque Music Jan. 28

An unusual program of Baroque music performed on guitar and organ or harpsichord will be presented by Chris Kachian and UI alumnus David Jenkins, guests of the University of Iowa School of Music, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, in the Krapf Organ Studio of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

Guitarist Kachian and keyboard player Jenkins perform together as members of the Society for the Doctrinal Affectation of Baroque Music, an organization dedicated to stylish performances of early music with non-conventional instrumentation. Their stated aim is to "arouse the elevated passions of modern audiences through elegant interpretations informed by the latest in historical discovery."

For the Jan. 28 concert at the UI, Kachian and Jenkins will present four works:

--Organ sonata No. 5 in C major by J.S Bach, performed on guitar and organ.

--Bach's Gamba sonata no. 3 in G minor, performed on guitar and harpsichord.

--Excerpts from Bach's Suite for violin and harpsichord, performed on guitar and harpsichord.

--The Toccata in G by Dietrich Buxtehude, performed as a harpsichord solo.

Kachian and Jenkins started the Society for the Doctrinal Affectation of Baroque Music in 1999 and have performed nationally since then. Their repertoire has included the works of both well-known and little-known composers of the Baroque era, including Dario Castello, Nicolas Lebegue, Gaspar Sanz, Dietrich Buxtehude, Robert de Visee, Johann Froberger, J.S. Bach and Girolamo Frescobaldi. Recent concerts have branched out to include the music of Franz Schubert and Karl Maria von Weber.

The home base of the Society for the Doctrinal Affectation of Baroque Music is St. Mary's Chapel at the University of St. Thomas in St. in Paul, Minn., where Kachian and Jenkins serve on the faculty.

Kachian has performed in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Sweden, Russia, Africa, Cuba, Costa Rica, Japan, China, and throughout North and South America, as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. He has appeared with symphonies and festival orchestras worldwide. He has been heard on Minnesota Public Radio, National Public Radio and American Public Media, including several appearances on "A Prairie Home Companion."

Since 1984 Kachian has directed one of the largest guitar programs in the United States at the University of St Thomas.

Jenkins is director of liturgical music at the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas. His duties there include teaching church music and directing the worship music of the seminary. He earned a doctorate in organ performance and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, a master's from the UI and a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College. He also spent a year in Copenhagen studying organ.

Jenkins' organ performances have been aired on "Pipedreams," the national weekly pipe organ program produced by Minnesota Public Radio, including the inaugural recital in 2000 on the Noack pipe organ in the chapel at the Saint Paul Seminary.

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 www.uiowa.edu/~music/.

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