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UI Center for New Music will present music by Iowa composers Sept. 28

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Center for New Music from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert of recent music by Iowa composers at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The program features works of eight composers, all of them current faculty members at Iowa's colleges and universities. Four are from the faculty from the UI School of Music: David Gompper, the director of the Center for New Music and head of the composition/theory area; Michael Eckert, who teaches in the composition/theory area; Lawrence Fritts, the director of the UI Electronic Music Studios; and D. Martin Jenni, faculty member in composition and director of the UI Composers Workshop.

The other composers on the program are: Jeremy Beck, who teaches composition and theory at the University of Northern Iowa; Jonathan Chenette, chair of music and holder of an endowed professorship at Grinnell College as well as chair of the Iowa Composers Forum; John Morrison, director of the Presser Electronic Music Studio at Luther College, where he also teaches composition, theory and 20th-century music history; and Craig Weston, who teaches composition, music theory and electronic/computer music at Iowa State University.

Commenting on the program, Gompper noted that "this concert will show how strong the new music scene in Iowa is. It is also a reflection of the current diversity in musical composition, both in Iowa and globally, really. We will have everything from a traditional piano trio instrumentation to a flute quartet to a piece for tape alone. And the diversity of styles is quite dazzling."

The complete program for the concert will be:

-- Beck's "Gemini" for flute, cello and piano;

-- "Rising Blue" for solo violin by Morrison;

-- "Muisque Peintaniere" for flute and piano by Jenni;

-- ". . . into all crevices of my world" for solo piano by Weston;

-- Eckert's Quartet for Flutes;

-- Gompper's Duo for violin and piano;

-- "Minute Variations" for tape alone by Fritts; and

-- Chenette's "Fantasy and Fugue on BACH" for piano trio.

Performers for these works will be students and faculty of the UI School of Music.

The Center for New Music was founded in 1966 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The center promotes the performance of new music by providing a core group of specialists in contemporary performance techniques. Its programming has included world premieres as well as acknowledged contemporary masterworks. In 1986 the center received the Commendation of Excellence from Broadcast Music, Inc., the world's largest performing rights organization, and it recently received grants from the Aaron Copland Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. Today, the Center for New Music is supported by the UI School of Music.

Gompper joined the music theory and composition faculty of the UI School of Music in 1991. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at San Diego State University, a Master of Music from the Royal College of Music in London, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of Michigan.

His teaching experience includes two years at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka and a faculty position at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Gompper has received numerous awards for his academic and musical achievements, including the Charles E. Ives Prize for composition from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Composers Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His "Transitus" was premiered at Carnegie Hall and his "Flip" was premiered by the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra. He recently returned from Thessaloniki, Greece, where he was invited to perform his several of his works and lecture on current American musical trends in composition. He has also served as a cultural specialist for the United States Information Agency in Kwangju, South Korea.

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