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Annual OctOBOEfest celebration of the oboe returns to UI Oct. 17-19

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- OctOBOEfest, the annual celebration of the oboe and oboe music, will return to the University of Iowa for a series of free concerts, workshops and a competition for high school oboe and bassoon players Oct. 17-19 at the UI School of Music.

Founded in 1992 by UI oboe professor Mark Weiger, OctOBOEfest was held at the UI three of the past five years. Last year's festival was at Iowa State University in Ames.

The return to the UI coincides with Weiger's 10th year on the UI School of Music faculty. In celebration of this anniversary, Weiger and others will close the celebration with the world premiere of a new work commissioned for the occasion, and guests on the various programs will include his teachers as well as his current and former students.

Performances open to the public free of charge will be:

-- a faculty recital by Weiger with pianist Robert Conway and bassoonist Richard Lottridge, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building;

-- an alumni recital featuring former oboe students at the UI, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in Clapp Recital Hall;

-- a concert of oboe concertos, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in Clapp Recital Hall;

-- a recital featuring eight of Weiger's top current students, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in Harper Hall; and

-- a final "Recital a Tutti" (recital for all) featuring Weiger and nearly all of the visiting artists of the festival, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in Harper Hall.

A new work on Weiger's Friday faculty recital will be "Ballad, Blues and Rag" by jazz composer Robert Sibbing. Other works on the program will include Weiger's edition of the Duo for oboe and piano by 18th- and early 19th-century composer J.C.M. Widerkehr; "Blues for solo oboe" from the Partita by Ronald Roseman, an oboist and guest artist for OctOBOEfest who was Weiger's teacher at Juilliard; and the Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano of 20th-century French composer Francis Poulenc.

Featured performers on the alumni recital will be oboists Andrea Gullickson, Dawn Alitz, Lissa Stolz, Bonnie Fresen Moncelli, Betsy Peterson and Trevor Johnson -- all former students of Weiger at the UI -- assisted by Conway, harpsichordist Paul Tegels and cellist James Ellis.

Performers on the UI student recital Saturday afternoon will be Megan Hanzlik, Betsey Zenk, Christopher Scheer, Patricia Rolland, Megan Weiss, Jolie Chrisman, Anna Graf and Aaron Hilbun. Also featured on the program will be newly published works that were rediscovered and edited by Iowa oboists.

For the Concerto concert Saturday evening, the program will include oboe concertos by Handel and August Lebrun, an 18th-century oboe virtuoso and composer, and a concerto for two oboes by Vivaldi. Oboe soloists will be Weiger, Roseman, and Neil Boyer. Violinist Leopold La Fosse of the UI faculty will perform a Bach Concerto for violin and oboe with Boyer. The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra will be directed by UI graduate students Sergio Espinosa and Beverly Everett.

The Recital a tutti Sunday evening will conclude with the world premiere of Sibbing's "Four Western Songs," performed by Weiger, guest artists Roseman and Boyer, and alumna artist Andrea Gullickson. Baritone Stephen Swanson of the UI School of Music faculty will perform J.S. Bach's Cantata 82 with oboist Trevor Johnson, and other works on the program will be by Handel, Vivaldi, Roseman and Malcolm Arnold.

Before coming to the UI, Weiger was on the faculty of the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He received degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School. He has served as the principal oboist for the Albany (N.Y.) Symphony, the Ohio Opera Company, the Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts and the Portland Symphony in Maine. Since coming to Iowa, he has been principal oboe with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, and the Southwest Virginia Chamber Orchestra.

As a soloist, Weiger has performed in 38 states, Canada, England, France and Austria, presented two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, been a finalist in nine international competitions and won second prize at the Lucarelli International Competition.

He is the first oboist to serve as an Artistic Ambassador, through the U.S. Information Agency, presenting recitals in New Zealand, Africa and Korea. He is a member of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont, the Bear Lake Festival in Utah, and WIZARDS!, a double reed quartet. He has recorded for the CRS, Crystal and Vox CD labels.

Internationally known as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher, Roseman has made more than 55 recordings on the Vox, Desto and Nonesuch labels. A professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music and Yale University, he also teaches at the Juilliard School. As a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet since 1961 he has toured throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. He has performed with many of the outstanding chamber ensembles, including the Juilliard, Tokyo Guarneri and Fine Arts string quartets, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Speculum Musicae.

Boyer teaches oboe at Dartmouth College, Bates College, the University of Southern Maine and the University of Vermont. He maintains principal oboe positions with the Vermont and Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestras as well as the International Composer's Conference. He earned his degrees in New York at the Mannes School of Music and SUNY at Stony Brook.

The Iowa High School Double Reed Competition is supported in part by gifts from Midwest Musical Imports (first prize), Eble Music of Iowa City (second prize) and West Music of Coralville and Iowa City (third prize).

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Iowa's OctOBOEfest 1997

Program of Events


8 p.m., Harper Hall Faculty Oboe Recital. Mark Weiger, oboe, with

Robert Conway, piano, and Richard Lottridge, bassoon.


9 a.m., Harper Hall Guest Artist Lecture/Recital. "The Poulenc Sonata,"

Neil Boyer, speaker.

10:30 a.m., Harper Hall Guest Artist Master Class. Ronald Roseman.

3:30 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall UI Alumni Oboe Recital

8 p.m., Clapp Recital Hall Concerto Night. Mark Weiger, Ronald Roseman and

Neil Boyer, oboe, and Leopold La Fosse, violin, with the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, Sergio Espinosa and Beverly Everett, conductors.


9 a.m., Harper Hall and Third Annual Iowa High School Double Reed Competition

Choral Room

2 p.m., Harper Hall UI Student Oboe Recital

4 p.m., Harper Hall Recital a Tutti. Faculty, guest, alumni and student artists.