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March 12, 2009

Stoltzman Performs 'Salute To Benny Goodman' April 3, presented by Hancher

Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman will perform a "Salute to Benny Goodman," backed by the University of Iowa Johnson County Landmark jazz band directed by John Rapson, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, presented by the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium in the Englert Theatre, downtown Iowa City.

Over the course of more than 50 albums and in performances around the globe, Stoltzman has established himself as the foremost virtuoso of the clarinet in classical music, and he has also defied categorization, effortlessly crossing over to jazz and other popular music.

A review in the New York Times declared, "His mastery of the clarinet and his impeccable musicianship are no secret by now, but one who has not heard him play for a time can easily forget how rich and fluid the instrument can sound from top to bottom of its range. If Mr. Stoltzman is not one of a kind, who might the others be?"

Benny Goodman was one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century, not only because his jazz and classical clarinet performances and recordings were popular, but because he was a pioneer in the desegregation of jazz when he brought Lionel Hampton and Teddy Wilson into his trio and quartet.

A household name in America from the mid-1930s on, Goodman and his bands, from big bands to small ensembles, from jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall, became the definition of "swing."

And the King of Swing, who first brought jazz into Carnegie Hall, returned years later as he began a second career as a classical soloist -- a career that included commissioned works by Bartok, Bernstein and Copland.

Shortly before his death, Goodman was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, capping a lifetime of honors and accolades.

Johnson County Landmark, the top jazz big band in the UI School of Music, boasts an illustrious history of its own, which has included an appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, top awards at jazz competitions in the United States and Europe, and several acclaimed recordings that range from the works of jazz masters to original compositions by band members.

Rapson joined the faculty of the UI School of Music as director of jazz studies in August 1993. A recording artist for the Sound Aspects and Nine Winds labels, he is a composer and trombonist whose work mixes ethnic and experimental elements with more conventional jazz forms. For more information on Rapson visit

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

"Salute to Benny Goodman" is supported by Daryl K. and Nancy J. Granner, Himie Voxman, and Ben V. and Dorothy M. Willie through the University of Iowa Foundation with media support from WMT-AM.

Tickets are $35/32/29; UI student $31.50/15; senior citizen $31.50/28.80/26.10; youth $24.50/22.40/20.30.

The Hancher box office is open for phone or walk-up business in Suite 107 in the south building of the Lindquist Center, at the corner of Madison and Burlington Streets, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Parking is available in the metered lot by the UI Main Library on Madison Street, or in the Old Capitol Town Center parking ramp at the corner of Clinton and Burlington Streets.

From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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

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