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Iowa Brass Quintet will play Baroque and contemporary music April 27

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Brass Quintet from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The program will include an early Baroque piece and four compositions from the 20th century.

The early piece is an arrangement of "Canzona a 5 super 'O Nachbar Roland' " (roughly translated "Canzona in five parts on the song 'Neighbour Roland' ") by Samuel Scheidt, a German composer of the 17th century. One of the most distinguished German composers of his generation, Scheidt was organist and court music director in Halle, Germany.

The four contemporary works will be "The Golyardes' Grounde" by Malcolm Forsyth; "Music for Brass Instruments" by Ingolf Dahl; "Four Outings for Brass" by Andre Previn; and the Divertimento of Karel Husa.

Because the brass quintet is a relatively modern development, most of its original repertoire has been written in the 20th century. In the last few years, it has become an extremely popular medium, due in part to the popularity of groups including the Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass.

Golyardes' Ground was written for the Canadian Brass and is a short, virtuosic piece built on a repeating bass pattern. Forsyth was principal trombonist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and currently is professor of composition at the University of Alberta.

Dahl's Music for Brass Instruments was written in 1944 and is considered one of the major works in the brass ensemble genre. The Iowa Brass Quintet will perform the optional sextet instrumentation, adding bass trombone to the normal quintet configuration. Graduate student Donn Schaefer will play the bass trombone.

Previn's "Four Outings" is dedicated to John Fletcher, the late tuba virtuoso who distinguished himself as a member of the London Symphony and solo tuba with the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. The work includes unmistakable jazz elements, reflecting Previn's career as a jazz pianist.

The Divertimento by Czech composer Karel Husa is rhythmic, vigorous music. Like many of the composer's early works, the score draws heavily on Czech folk melodies. Originally written for large brass ensemble and percussion in the mid-1950's, it will be performed in the composer's own quintet arrangement from 1968.

The Iowa Brass Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble at the UI School of Music, performs on the UI campus each semester and for schools, universities, civic concert associations and professional meetings throughout the United States. Founded in the early 1950s, the group has been widely acclaimed for its artistry in the performance of music of all periods and premieres of new compositions. Its current members are David Greenhoe and Barbara Deur, trumpets; Kristin Thelander, horn; David Gier, trombone; and Robert Yeats, tuba.

Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass area at the UI and is active as a soloist and recitalist. During summer seasons he performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta, a post he has held since 1975.

Deur is a member of the Quad Cities Symphony and has been a trumpet instructor at UI. She has performed widely as a soloist and clinician, has been principal trumpet of the Des Moines Symphony and has been a member of the Cedar Rapids Symphony.

The newest member of the brass faculty at the UI School of Music, Gier came to the UI in August 1995. He has taught at Baylor University and Central Connecticut State University. He began his professional career in New England as a member of the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony and Orchestra New England. He has performed with numerous professional ensembles, including the New Haven, Hartford, Waco and San Angelo symphonies, and Keith Brion's Peerless Sousa Band. He is currently principal trombone of the Breckenridge (Colo.) Festival Orchestra.

Thelander, who joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989, is active as both soloist and chamber musician. During the summer she performs with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Ore. Previously she was on the music faculty at the University of New Mexico, and she was a member of the New Mexico Brass Quintet, the Santa Fe Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony and the Four Corners Opera Festival in Durango, Colo.

Yeats has taught at the UI for more than 20 years. He was principal tubist with the Cedar Rapids Symphony for 19 years and has appeared as soloist with many professional orchestras, bands and brass ensembles on the East Coast and across the Midwest. At the UI he teaches tuba and euphonium, directs the Collegium Tubum and edits the "University of Iowa Guide to Selected Wind and Percussion Materials."

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