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NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: "DO" in the "DO Quintet" is pronounced doe, as in do-re-mi.

Iowa Brass Quintet hums along on concert of contemporary music Nov. 8

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Brass Quintet from the University of Iowa School of Music will play four original works for brass on a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will open with the "DO Quintet" by Greek-American avant-garde composer Theodore Antoniou, a six-minute work based on the single note "C" ("do" of the musical scale do-re-mi). Performed with the players spaced throughout the hall, it features humming, muted instrument sounds and other special effects that surround the one note.

Other works on the program will be "Street Songs" of American orchestral conductor and composer Michael Tilson Thomas, "Distant Dancing" by Richard Peaslee and Alan Dorsey's Three Pieces for Brass Quintet.

A leading figure on the international conducting scene, Thomas has served as assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony, director of the Buffalo (N.Y.) Philharmonic, principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, music director of the New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts and artistic advisor to the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, Fla., in addition to many guest conducting appearances world wide.

Trained as a composer and pianist, Thomas has written many works for chamber ensembles, including "Street Song." Composed in 1988 for the Empire Brass Quintet, the score consists of three continuous parts, representing three contrasting "songs" that are brought together at the conclusion.

Richard Peaslee has had an extensive career composing for the theater in new York and London, and writing music for films and television, including the PBS series "The Power of Myth." "Distant Dancing" was commissioned by the Chestnut Brass Company and first performed by them in 1992. Dance rhythms are used throughout, including a tango near the opening and a jig at the end. Jazz devices are also employed, and at one point the players bring a section to a chaotic climax by improvising on given notes and rhythms.

Composer Alan Dorsey is from Portland, Ore., where he played trombone in the Portland Youth Orchestra. He graduated Phi Betta Kappa in both music and English from the University of Washington in Seattle. Although offered a position in the trombone section of the Seattle Symphony, he continued his education and later took a position teaching music theory and composition at the University of Washington.

The Three Pieces -- "Imitations," "Her Tears" and "Joy Ride" -- are based on the popular music of the '70s, with references to Michel Legrand and Herb Alpert. The last movement, "Joy Ride," is a blend of Latin, jazz and rock styles and drives to an energetic close.

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 and civic concert associations 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 the 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.

Gier joined the UI faculty 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. 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."