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Feb. 3, 2012

UI Symphony Band and Iowa Honor Band share a Feb. 18 concert

The University of Iowa Symphony Band will share a free concert with the top high school musicians in the Iowa Honor Band at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus.

The conductors of the Honor Band Festival Concert will be Richard Mark Heidel (photo, left), director of UI Bands, and Myron D. Welch (photo, right), an emeritus School of Music faculty member who was director of bands for many years.

In the first half of the concert the Symphony Band, the premiere wind and percussion ensemble of the School of Music, will perform Variants on a Mediaeval Tune by Norman Dello Joio and Dance Movements by Philip Sparke.

The Iowa Honor Band will follow intermission with Fanfare and Flourishes by James Curnow, the Richard Saucedo arrangement of the finale of Symphony No. 3 by Gustav Mahler, "Konigsmarsch" by Richard Strauss, the third movement of "Three Revelations from the Lotus Sutra" by Alfred Reed, and "The Liberty Bell" by John Philip Sousa.

The Iowa Honor Band Festival is an all-day event hosted by the UI School of Music, including rehearsals, masterclasses with UI faculty, and a director's clinic, culminating with the concert.

This year's festival will be attended by select high-school musicians from Council Bluffs, Burlington, Iowa City, Homestead, Amana, Solon, North Liberty, Clinton, Columbus Junction, Davenport, New Liberty, Durant, Walcott, North English, Fertile, Forest City, Cedar Rapids, Robins, Hiawatha, Marion, Muscatine, Rudd, Osage, Swisher, Ely, Walford, Storm Lake, Shelby, Missouri Valley, Neda, Tripoli, Fairbank, Coralville, Epworth, New Vienna, and Atalissa.

Read the faculty bio of Heidel at, and of Welch at

The School of Music is an academic unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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