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UI Symphony Band and Cedar Rapids Jefferson Wind Symphony present concert April 17

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Symphony Band and Chamber Wind Ensemble will be joined by a guest ensemble, the Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School Wind Symphony, for a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 17 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The Jefferson High School Wind Symphony, directed by Earle W. Dickinson, will perform the first half of the concert. They will play "Gavorkna Fanfare" by Jack Stamp, "The Stone Guest" by Brian Hogg, "Shepherd's Hey" by Percy Grainger, John Philip Sousa's "Washington Post March," "Sarabande and Polka" by Malcolm Arnold and "Where Never Lark or Eagle Flew" by James Curnow.

The UI Symphony Band, directed by Myron Welch, will play three works: "Fanfare and Choral" by Egil Hovland, Robert Russell Bennett's "Symphonic Songs for Band" and Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Jesters" as transcribed for band by Ray E. Cramer. The Chamber Wind Ensemble, a select group of solo players from the Symphony Band, will perform "...and mountains rising nowhere" by Joseph Schwantner, featuring pianist Richard Gloss.

One of the leading composers of Norway, Hovland wrote the "Fanfare and Choral" for the St. Olaf College Band for their 1966 tour to Norway. The piece was commissioned by the band to commemorate the 60th anniversary of their first tour of Norway in 1906.

The title of Schwantner's "...and the mountains rising nowhere" is taken from a poem by Carol Adler, to whom the work is dedicated. The piece calls for an unusual ensemble that includes amplified solo piano, a large number of solo wind players rather than sections, and six percussionists playing a total of 46 different percussion instruments.

Besides the usual array of percussion sounds, unique effects are created by drawing string bass bows across the edge of gongs and the metal bars of the vibraphone, and the pitch of the gongs are changed by raising and lowering them into water. In addition to the many instruments in the percussion section, seven tuned water glasses are played by the oboe players.

Featured pianist Richard Gloss holds a masters degree in piano performance from the UI, where he studied with Kenneth Amada. He has accompanied many local artists, including flutists Betty Bang Mather and Claudia Anderson, and tenor Scott McCoy. He is also the box office manager for Hancher Auditorium.

In recent years, the UI Symphony Band has invited an outstanding area band to perform with them on a concert during the spring semester. The April 17 guest performance by the Jefferson High School Wind Symphony continues that tradition.

Dickinson is in his 19th year as director of bands at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Northern Iowa. He taught at Tripoli and Tipton before moving to Cedar Rapids. Under his direction the Jefferson High School Marching Band has appeared on national television in the Orange Bowl parade and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade. The Jefferson High Wind Symphony was the 4A Honor Band at the Iowa Bandmasters Convention in May 1997.

Dickinson is past president of the Iowa Bandmasters Association and has been editor of the Iowa Bandmaster magazine for 15 years. In 1989 he was awarded the Karl King Distinguished Service Award by the Iowa Bandmasters Association.

Welch has been director of bands at the UI since 1980. In addition to conducting the Symphony Band and Chamber Wind Ensemble, Welch teaches courses in instrumental methods and conducting and is coordinator of the Iowa Honor Band and the All-State Music Camp. Prior to joining the UI faculty he was director of bands and coordinator of music education at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Michigan State University and a doctorate in music education from the University of Illinois.

Welch is past president of the American Bandmasters Association, the Big 10 Band Directors Association and the Iowa Bandmasters Association. He is a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician with bands throughout the Midwest.