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(NOTE TO EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that a school in your
community or readership area participated in the Dec. 9 Canadian Brass ICN
masterclass at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. Participating schools
are listed alphabetically at the end of this release.)
ICN links Iowa students to Canadian Brass masterclass at UI's Hancher
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- More than 50 schools throughout Iowa linked to a Dec.
9 Canadian Brass masterclass in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium
through the Iowa Communications Network (ICN). At the UI for Dec. 9 and 10
Hancher concerts, the world-famous brass quintet used the hour-and-a-half
session to critique student ensembles, perform and answer questions, both
from the live audience in Hancher and through the ICN from students in classrooms
near and far.
The ICN session with the Canadian Brass was presented by Hancher with support
from IES Industries. Additional support for the masterclass came from the
UI School of Music, Yamaha Corporation of America, West Music Company and
the UI Arts Share program. Hancher's ICN equipment was purchased with funds
donated by USWest, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
In nearly 30 years of performing and recording, the Canadian Brass
-- Charles Daellenbach, tuba; Jens Lindemann, trumpet; David Ohanian, French
horn; Ronald Romm, trumpet; and Eugene Watts, trombone -- has defined the
contemporary brass quintet, while carving out its own unique niche in entertainment.
The Canadian Brass was one of the earliest and most successful "crossover"
ensembles, combining the highest standards in the performance of the classical
repertoire with arrangements of popular music from Dixieland to rock hits.
Their concert attire -- tuxes and tennis shores -- exemplified not only their
eclectic repertoire, but also the attitude of casual fun that they bring to
their concerts. The New York Times once dubbed them "the Marx Brothers
of brass," and their many recordings have been world-wide best-sellers.
The Canadian Brass concerts were part of Hancher's 1997-98 Family Series,
sponsored by Country Bancorporation and Kay J.A. Bernau through the University
of Iowa Foundation.
The ICN is a statewide, publicly owned, interactive fiber-optic system that
was created by the Iowa Legislature to provide citizens of the state with
access to educational, medical and governmental resources. More than 500 sites
throughout the state are now equipped to access the system.
Hancher Auditorium has explored the possibilities of this technology for
a little more than a year, in progressively more adventurous sessions featuring
jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater; trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis,
in conjunction with a performance of his Pulitzer Prize-winning "Blood
on the Fields" with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; Bobby McFerrin,
who was at the UI to conduct the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; the Children's
Theatre Company; and the Colorado Quartet. The Canadian Brass event was the
largest event so far, in terms of the number of schools participating.
For information about Hancher's future ICN events, contact Hancher's education
coordinator, Michelle Coleman, at (319) 335-0009.
Arts Share is a UI program that provides artistic expertise from the Iowa
Center for the Arts to schools, local arts councils, community arts associations,
museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations throughout Iowa and
the surrounding region. The Arts Share roster of touring artists includes
nearly 100 faculty members, ensembles and graduate students in the performing,
visual and literary arts.
For more information about Arts Share events contact program director Diane
Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618.
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(NOTE TO EDITORS: Each listing includes the school name, and the name(s)
of the local sponsoring educator.
ADEL: ADM High School -- John Englehardt
ALBURNETT: Alburnett Community High School -- Janet Steen & Vickie Meadows
BAXTER: Baxter Community High School -- Pamela Barnes
BONDURANT: Bondurant-Farver High School -- Gene Wibben
BRITT: West Hancock High School -- Matt Hovey
BURLINGTON: Burlington Community High School -- Cathy Smith & Chuck Chrisman
BUSSEY: Twin Cedars High School -- Shannon Dykstra & Mike Helle
CASCADE: Cascade High School -- Greg Dowe
CHARTER OAK: Charter Oak-UTE High School -- Jim Jordan
CENTRAL CITY: Central City High School -- James Brown
CHARLES CITY: Charles Community High School -- Chad Whalley
COLO: Colo-Nesco High School: -- Annie Kleppinger
COUNCIL BLUFFS: Lewis Central High School -- Donna Bush & Mark Mason
DAVENPORT: Assumption High School -- Tera Dayer
DUBUQUE: Dubuque Hempstead High School -- Jim Davis
Jefferson Junior High School -- Ann Sushko
EARLHAM: Earlham Community School -- Phil Schmidt
EDDYVILLE: Eddyville-Blakesbury High School -- Paul Navara
ELKADER: Central Community School -- Tom Chandler
EPWORTH: West Dubuque High School -- Phil Schmitz
ESTHERVILLE: Estherville-Lincoln Center High School -- Mark Frahm
EXIRA: Exira Community High School -- Rick Nielson
FORT MADISON: Fort Madison High School -- Barb Mentjes & Craig Wilkens
GILBERT: Gilbert Community School -- Chris Covell
GARNAVILLO: Garnavillo Junior-Senior High School -- Peg Thein
GARWIN: GMC School -- Dan Lastouka
GRINNELL: Grinnell High School -- Dave Newport
GRISWOLD: Griswold Community High School -- Tracy Hawley
GRUNDY CENTER: Grundy Center High School -- Andrew VanHooreweghe
HAWARDEN: West Sioux Community School -- Russ Braun
HUDSON: Hudson High School -- Brad Jensen
INWOOD: West Lyon High School -- Colette Scott
LAMONI: Lamoni High School -- Matt McFarland
LATIMER: Cal Community High School -- Kevin Brown
LENOX: Lenox Community Schools -- Jay Williams & Tim Christiansen
MILFORD: Milford-Okoboji High School -- Greg Forney
MILTON: Fox Valley High School -- Lisa Nelson
NEVADA: Nevada High School -- Wade Presley
ORANGE CITY: NW College -- Tim McGarvey
OTTUMWA: Ottumwa High School -- Linda Cornelius & Glen Flannigan
PAULLINA: South O'Brien Community School -- Keith Koehlmoos
PERRY: Perry High School -- Steve Cook
PLEASANT VALLEY: Pleasant Valley High School -- Ladonna Czachowski
ROCKFORD: Rockford Senior High School -- Sandy Willman
STORY CITY: Roland Story High School -- Keith Lukens
TAMA: South Tama High School -- David John
TERRIL: Terril Community High School -- Tracy Cederstrom
THORNBURG: Tri-County Schools -- Steve Schlatter & Arron Adam
VAN METER: Van Meter High School -- Bob Long
VILLISCA: Villisca High School -- Craig Bond
WESTSIDE: Arweva Schools -- Leonard Griffith
WINTHROP: East Buchanan P.O.D. -- Chad Criswell
WOODWARD: Woodward-Granger High School -- Alan Green & Barb McMenamin