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Jan. 20, 2009

UI School of Music will present memorial concert Saturday for Mark Weiger

Faculty and students from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a concert in memory of their late colleague Mark Weiger at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Weiger was the oboe professor at the School of Music from 1988 until his death last November. Full details of the program, which will include performances by faculty and students as well as recordings of Weiger, will be available at the concert.

School of Music Director Kristin Thelander and Dean Linda Maxson released the following comments:

"Mark Weiger was an extraordinary colleague, musician and friend. He was a leader among our faculty, energetic in his service to the School of Music, its students and the profession, positive, supportive and focused on the quality of our academic and professional environment.

"For 20 years, we were privileged to have as our colleague this internationally known virtuoso performer, critically acclaimed recording artist, master teacher and imaginative leader in the oboe profession. Mark Weiger recruited exceptional young performers . . . who demonstrated the effectiveness of his teaching and mentoring by winning competitions, entering prestigious graduate programs and being placed in professional playing positions and college teaching jobs throughout the country.

"Mark's creative work encompassed activities as a soloist, collaborative artist and orchestral performer; guest artist and clinician; recording artist (with 8 solo CDs to his credit); author and pedagogue. He also edited and arranged a huge number of works for oboe and double reed ensemble, many of which have been published.. . . We all owe Mark Weiger so much, and grieve that this genial, generous man is gone from our midst."

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