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Sept. 13, 2010

Conductor Scott Dunn returns to the UI as CLAS Alumni Fellow

University of Iowa School of Music alumnus Scott Dunn, the associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will return to the UI Sept. 20-25 as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Alumni Fellow.

His visit will include several free public events:

--He will be guest conductor in the UI Symphony Orchestra concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.
--He will conduct a Center for New Music (CNM) concert of Cabaret Songs and European "New Music" 1900-1929 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Riverside Recital Hall.
--Tricia Park, first violinist of the Maia Quartet, will be joined by Dunn for John Adams’ "Road Movies," for violin and piano at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.
--And he will conduct the Hawkeye Marching Band in the National Anthem before the Sept. 25 football game.

For details about the Symphony concert, visit

The CNM concert will feature the "Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune," by Debussy; Brettl-Lieder (Cabaret Songs) by Schoenberg, including the world premiere of four arrangements by Dunn; Sonate by Ravel, performed by violinist Wolfgang David and pianist David Gompper, director of the CNM; and Blues-Potpourri and Foxtrot-Potpourri by Kurt Weill.

Learn more about the CNM program at

Adams, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993, has written of "Road Movies," "The title 'Road Movies' is total whimsy, probably suggested by the 'groove' in the piano part, all of which is required to be played in a "swing" mode (second and fourth of every group of four notes are played slightly late).

"Movement I is a relaxed drive down a not unfamiliar road. Material is recirculated in a sequence of recalls that suggest a rondo form.

"Movement II is a simple meditation of several small motives. A solitary figure in a empty desert landscape.

"Movement III is for four wheel drives only, a big perpetual motion machine called '40% Swing.' On modern MIDI sequencers the desired amount of swing can be adjusted with almost ridiculous accuracy -- 40% provides a giddy, bouncy ride, somewhere between an Ives ragtime and a long rideout by the Goodman Orchestra, circa 1939. It is very difficult for violin and piano to maintain over the seven-minute stretch, especially in the tricky cross-hand style of the piano part. Relax, and leave the driving to us."

Read Park's bio at

Dunn's recent career highlights include two premieres for New York City Opera; conducting appearances with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and headliners Chris Botti and Natalie Cole; numerous recordings for NAXOS and other labels; and recent premieres of major chamber works by Adams, Alfano and Duke.

A native of Eagle Grove, Iowa, Dunn has a Bachelor of Music degree from the UI, and although he doesn't practice medicine, he also has a doctorate of medicine from the UI and board certification in ophthalmology.

Learn more at

The Alumni Fellows program, established by Dean Linda Maxson in 1999, formally recognizes CLAS graduates or former students for their outstanding contributions to society, their professions, the college and the UI. The program is made possible by funds from the UI Alumni Association Dean’s Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Each year, up to six CLAS alumni are honored as Alumni Fellows. They are invited to campus, where each Fellow has the opportunity to visit his or her home department to speak to classes, meet socially with small groups of faculty and students, and make a public presentations based on his or her experiences since leaving the UI.

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