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UI trombonist David Gier will play Clapp Hall recital March 15

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Trombonist David Gier will present a University of Iowa faculty recital, featuring chamber music for trombone with small ensembles, at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Several of Gier's faculty colleagues and UI students will perform in the ensembles with him -- from the School of Music faculty, hornist Kristin Thelander, tubist Robert Yeats, and violist Deborah Dakin; and from among music students, graduate student Carey Bostian III, cello, and undergraduate Anthony Stoops, double bass.

The recital will be free and open to the public.

Gier's recital is unusual among solo-instrument performances in that it avoids the standard recital repertoire -- pieces for solo instrument and piano -- and instead is comprised largely of pieces that can be considered chamber music. All the pieces on the program were composed in the 20th century.

As Gier explained his program, "My idea was to explore the small, unconventional groupings that include the trombone. I hope this will surprise some people a little and give them new ideas of how the instrument can sound.

"There is a work for trombone with viola and cello, one for a low brass trio of trombone, horn and tuba, and a duo for trombone with string bass. And to complete an unconventional program, I picked one piece for unaccompanied trombone."

"This is one of the advantages of teaching at Iowa," Gier added. "I'm surrounded by colleagues who are not only wonderful musicians but who are also willing to explore unusual chamber music with me. That's something that's not always possible in professional musical life."

The complete program for the March 15 recital will comprise four pieces: Serenade No. 6 for trombone, viola and cello by Vincent Persichetti; "Triangles" for trombone, horn and tuba by John Stevens; "Four Delineations of Curt Mantle" for solo trombone by Karen P. Thomas; and "Esque" for trombone and double bass by Roger Kellaway.

The newest member of the brass faculty at the UI School of Music, trombonist David Gier came to the UI in August 1995. A graduate of Yale and the University of Michigan, he has taught at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, 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.

As a chamber musician, Gier performed with the trombone quartet Slide Chamber Players, the winner of the 1989 Shoreline Alliance for the Arts Chamber Music Competition. At the UI he teaches trombone students, coaches brass chamber ensembles, and performs as a member of the Iowa Brass Quintet.

Thelander joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989. Active as both soloist and chamber musician, she is a member of the Iowa Brass Quintet. 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.

She was the first prize-winner in the 1981 American Horn Competition, and she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, South Korea and the People's Republic of China. She has been a featured artist at many regional and international horn workshops in recent years.

Yeats is associate professor of music at the UI School of Music, where he teaches tuba and euphonium. He has been a member of the Iowa Brass Quintet since 1969 and was a founding member of the Cedar Rapids Chamber Brass and the Iowa Chamber Players. He has appeared as a soloist and member of the brass section of many professional bands, orchestras and quintets, and played for 19 years with the Cedar Rapids Symphony.

Yeats is well known as a clinician, having appeared at the William Bell Festival in Iowa, as well as at schools, colleges and music camps nationally. He has toured nationally and recorded with the Iowa Brass Quintet on the Trilogy, CRI and University of Iowa Press labels. He has been at the UI School of Music since 1973.

A visiting faculty member of the UI School of Music, Dakin has taken over the studio of her own teacher, long-time Iowa City resident William Preucil. In addition to her teaching duties at the UI, she teaches viola students at Coe College in Cedar Rapids and at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., and she is the principal viola of the Quad City Symphony. She is completing her doctorate in viola performance at the UI, where she has been a frequent chamber musician in both faculty and student performances.

Carey Bostian is associate principal cellist of the Cedar Rapids Symphony. He is currently completing both a Master of Fine Arts degree in orchestral conducting and a doctorate in cello performance at the UI School of Music, where he was named the 1994-95 Peltzer Fellow in strings.