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March 29, 2007

Update: This concert will now be free. There will be no admission charge, and tickets will not be required.

Collage Concerts Will Offer a Spectacular Musical Kaleidoscope April 14-15

The University of Iowa School of Music will showcase a wide spectrum of ensembles, small groups, and individual faculty and student performers in two Collage Concerts, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in Hancher Auditorium.

The concerts, with music ranging from Broadway hits to Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," represent the culmination of the yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the School of Music.

According to the dictionary, the word "collage" may refer to "an artistic composition made up of different, combined materials" -- which is an apt description of the Collage Concerts.

This type of programming has been highly successful wherever it has been offered: a continuous, fast-paced series of performances, with a variety of soloists and groups vying to outdo each other. As the concert goes on, the audience typically gets more and more excited by the varied music they are hearing. And because there's no stopping for applause, the excitement builds throughout each half of the concert.

Myron Welch, UI director of bands and the chair of the School of Music's Centennial Celebration Committee commented: "The idea of a collage concert is to feature the remarkable breadth of the entire School of Music in one gala concert. We promise a great variety of short numbers ranging from jazz to classical solos and chamber music that will appeal to all audience members.

"These will be fast-paced concerts with no applause between numbers; each performing group will start as the previous one ends. During these concerts, you can go from an amazing performance in one part of Hancher, to something that's completely different -- and even more sensational -- in another part of the auditorium."

Performers at the Collage Concerts will include the UI Symphony Band, the UI Symphony, the UI Center for New Music, Iowa Percussion, the Johnson County Landmark jazz band, the Jazz Repertory Ensemble, the Iowa Brass Quintet, the Iowa Woodwind Quintet, and numerous individual faculty and student performers.

Parts of the program will be the same both nights, including performances by the Symphony Band and the Symphony Orchestra. Other pieces -- particularly the solos and the small ensemble pieces -- will be different at the two performances.

A few of the highlights heard at both Collage Concerts will be:

--The Symphony Band playing the "Festive Overture" of Dmitri Shostakovich.

--The entire piano faculty playing Bedrich Smetana's Sonata in E Minor for eight hands, two pianos.

--Iowa Percussion playing the traditional Chinese "Slithering Dragon, Leaping Tiger."

--University Choirs singing portions of "The Peaceable Kingdom" by Randall Thompson.

--The Iowa Woodwind Quintet playing "Acrobats " from "Circus Etudes" by Jeffrey Agrell.

--The Iowa Brass Quintet playing the Con Brio (with brilliance) movement from the Brass Quintet by Malcolm Arnold.

--The University Symphony playing "Overture to a Comedy" by Philip Greely Clapp, former director of the School of Music.

Each night there will be a selection from UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater's recent production of "La Bohème" accompanied by the University Symphony, and a piece from the traditional big-band jazz repertoire.

Of course, both concerts will end with a musical spectacle: "Our finale from the Kickoff Concert in September was so successful that many have asked for a repeat performance," Welch explained. "We are happy to conclude our year of celebration with Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture,' featuring the symphony orchestra, choirs, symphony band and percussion ensemble.

"Please come and help us celebrate our 100th Anniversary 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. The full schedule of centennial events can be found online at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/centennial/centennial.htm.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Information on the School of Music, including biographies and photos of individual faculty members, is posted on the school's Web site at http://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 CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846; peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.

OTHER INFORMATION: Complete Programs for both concerts

8 P.M. SATURDAY, APRIL 14

"Festive Overture" by Dmitri Schostakovich, trans. Donald Hunsburger Symphony Band, Myron Welch, conductor

Sonata in E Minor for 8 hands, 2 pianos by Bedrich Smetana UI Piano Faculty Quartet: Alan Huckleberry, Rene Lecuona, Ksenia Nosikova and Uriel Tsachor

Allegro from Quartet No. 1 in C Major by Dmitri Shostakovich Ashlinn Quartet (Kelley Arney Johnson, Hillary Hott, violins; Amanda Wilton, viola; and Cassandra Dunkhase, cello)

Slithering Dragon, Leaping Tiger, Traditional Chinese, arr. Daniel Moore Iowa Percussion, Daniel Moore, conductor

"Zueignung" by Richard Strauss Rachel Joselson, soprano, and Shari Rhoads, piano

"Fantaisie Brillante sur des thèmes de Carmen" by Francois Borne, arr. J. Th. Bisseau Kenneth Tse, alto sax, with the UI Graduate Saxophone Quartet

(Gina Cole, soprano saxophone; Mikiko Kanemitsu, alto saxophone; Jason Laczkoski, tenor saxophone; and Marc Graham, baritone saxophone)

First movement of "4" by John Allemeier Center for New Music (Kelley Arney, violin; Peter Calhoun, viola; Amy Phelps, cello; and Liang-Fang Chang, piano)

"Take Me Out To The Ballgame" by Albert Von Tilzer, arr. Robert Elkjer UI Graduate Trombone Quartet (Nathan Lefeber, Lucas Moore and Arthur Haecker; tenor trombone; Casey Thomas, bass trombone)

"Acrobats " from "Circus Etudes for Woodwind Quintet" by Jeffrey Agrell Iowa Woodwind Quintet (Gro Sandvik, flute; Mark Weiger, oboe; Maurita Murphy Mead, clarinet; Benjamin Coelho, bassoon; and Kristin Thelander, horn)

"Sing, Sing, Sing" by Louis Prima, arr. Jeff Hest Johnson County Landmark, John Rapson, director

INTERMISSION

"Overture to a Comedy" by Philip Greely Clapp University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, William LaRue Jones, conductor

"Paganini Variations" for two pianos by Witold Lutoslawski Rene Lecuona and Ksenia Nosikova, piano

"Have ye not known?" and "Ye shall have a song" from "The Peaceable Kingdom" by Randall Thompson University Choirs, David Puderbaugh, conductor

Suite No. in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach Christine Rutledge, viola

"Mambo" by Jeffrey Agrell UI Graduate Clarinet Quartet (Maurita Murphy Mead, Yasmin Flores, Tasondra Huyck and Amy Turnbull"

"Donde lieta" from "La Bohème" by Giacomo Puccini Colleen Jennings, soprano, with University Symphony, William LaRue Jones, conductor

Con Brio movement from Brass Quintet by Malcolm Arnold Iowa Brass Quintet (David Greenhoe and Brian Umlah, trumpets; Jeffrey Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; and John Manning, tuba)

1812 Overture by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovski University Choirs, Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Band, Myron Welch, conductor

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2 P.M. SUNDAY, APRIL 15

 "Festive Overture" by Dmitri Schostakovich, trans. Donald Hunsburger Symphony Band, Myron Welch, conductor

Sonata in E Minor for 8 hands, 2 pianos by Bedrich Smetana UI Piano Faculty Quartet: Alan Huckleberry, Rene Lecuona, Ksenia Nosikova and Uriel Tsachor

Allegro from Duo for 2 Cellos by Jean Barriere Anthony Arnone and Laura Shaw, cello

Slithering Dragon, Leaping Tiger, Traditional Chinese, arr. Daniel Moore Iowa Percussion, Daniel Moore, conductor

"Uptown, Downtown" by Stephen Sondheim John Muriello, baritone, and Alan Huckelberry, piano

"Fantaisie Brillante sur des thèmes de Carmen" by Francois Borne, arr. J. Th. Bisseau Kenneth Tse, alto sax, with the UI Graduate Saxophone Quartet (Gina Cole, soprano saxophone; Mikiko Kanemitsu, alto saxophone; Jason Laczkoski, tenor saxophone; and Marc Graham, baritone saxophone)

First movement of "4" by John Allemeier Center for New Music (Kelley Arney, violin; Peter Calhoun, viola; Amy Phelps, cello; and Liang-Fang Chang, piano)

"Keystone Celebration" by John Cheetham Iowa Brass Choir, Casey Thomas, conductor

"Acrobats " from "Circus Etudes for Woodwind Quintet" by Jeffrey Agrell Iowa Woodwind Quintet (Gro Sandvik, flute; Mark Weiger, oboe; Maurita Murphy Mead, clarinet; Benjamin Coelho, bassoon; and Kristin Thelander, horn)

"Ran Kan Kan" by Tito Puente, arr. Michael Mossman Jazz Repertory Ensemble, Brent Sandy, director

INTERMISSION

"Overture to a Comedy" by Philip Greely Clapp University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, William LaRue Jones, conductor

Etude in A-flat Major, op 25 no. 1, by Frèdèric Chopin Uriel Tsachor, piano

"Have ye not known?" and "Ye shall have a song" from "The Peaceable Kingdom" by Randall Thompson University Choirs, David Puderbaugh, conductor

Andante from Sonata No. 2 in A Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach Scott Conklin, violin

Sevilla by Issac Albeniz, arr. Greg Morton

Sorcerers and WiZARDS! (Mark Weiger, Mark Fitkin, oboe; Stuart Breczinski, oboe d'amore; Blake Duncan, English horn; Greg Morton, Jeff Tilghman, bassoon)

"O Mimi, tu piu non torni" from "La Bohème" Giacomo Puccini Christopher Diehl, tenor, and Bryce Weber, baritone, with University Symphony, William LaRue Jones, conductor

Con Brio movement from Brass Quintet by Malcolm Arnold Iowa Brass Quintet (David Greenhoe and Brian Umlah, trumpets; Jeffrey Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; and John Manning, tuba)

1812 Overture by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovski University Choirs, Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Band, Myron Welch, conductor