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Sept. 10, 2010

UI Symphony Orchestra opens its concert season with Sept. 21 performance

The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of William LaRue Jones, will open its 2010-11 season with a free concert featuring Viennese violinist Wolfgang David at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellow Scott Dunn will be the guest conductor.

After the orchestra performs Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez and La Valse by Maurice Ravel, David will be featured in the Concerto for Violin, D major, op.77, by Johannes Brahms.

David, who has collaborated frequently in performances and recordings with David Gompper, director of the UI Center for New Music, has quickly established an international reputation, both as a recitalist and as a guest soloist with leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New York Virtuosi.

He has been well received by the press — the critic of the Washington Post wrote that he "scaled the heights of musicmaking” and a review in The Strad described his playing “as emotionally wide-ranging as one could hope for.”

The winner of numerous competitions and prizes, David has performed in major halls throughout Europe and the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London and the Musikverein Hall in Vienna.
Highlights of his career included concerts at the Great Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York in the presence of Secretary General Kofi Annan and a concert in Bangkok, given for the Queen of Thailand.

Although David will be featured again this fall with Gompper in a Sept. 26 Center for New Music concert, with the UI Symphony he will perform one of the most beloved works of the classical violin repertory, Brahms' only violin concerto. The work shows off the technical virtuosity of the soloist to such an extent that it has been a staple in the repertories of the world's leading violinists.

Read Jones' biography at

The UI Symphony Orchestra is a flagship ensemble of the UI School of Music, which is a unit in the Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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