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SPACE/PLACE CONCERT PRESENTS BEST NEW UI DANCE MAY 1-2 -- The University of Iowa Dance Department will present its spring Space/Place Concerts, featuring the department's best new student choreography, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI's North Hall.

A faculty panel viewed 22 student submissions and selected 14 works for the concert, including seven works by graduate students and seven by undergraduate dance majors.

A mix of solos, duets, trios and ensemble works, the dances in the program range from ballet to dance/theater, from modern dance to a work based on the Chinese fan-dance tradition. The music is also eclectic, including classical music, jazz, and songs by Elvis and Kate Bush.

The graduate student choreographers are Sara Semonis, Shouze Ma, Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Sarah Duax and Babs Case. The undergraduate choreographers whose works were selected are Lana McAllister, Jeanne Snodgrass, Monique Jones, Emily Power, Mandi Bedbury and Kuan Chew.

Admission to the Space/Place Concert will be $5 ($4 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the door.

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TROMBONE ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE MAY 5 -- The Trombone Ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5 in Harper Hall in the UI Voxman Music Building.

The Trombone Ensemble is directed by David Gier, trombone professor at the UI School of Music. The group consists of 20 trombone students at the School of Music playing both tenor and bass trombones. They perform works written for trombone ensemble as well as arrangements of other works.

UI graduate student Donn Schaefer will conduct the May 5 concert, which will feature arrangements of works by Pavel Tschesnokov, J.S. Bach and Franz Biebl, and original works for trombone by Derek Bourgeois, Eric Ewazen and Frigyes Hidas.

A member of the UI music faculty since August 1995, Gier teaches trombone and brass chamber music, and he performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet. He has performed with numerous professional ensembles, including the New Haven and Hartford symphonies, the New Orchestra of Westchester and Keith Brion's Peerless Sousa Band. He is currently principal trombone of the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra.

An active soloist, clinician and adjudicator, Gier has performed and presented workshops at colleges, universities and professional conferences. He is chair of the International Trombone Association's Competition Contest Committee, and he will be a clinician at the 1998 International Trombone Festival.

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UNIVERSITY AND CONCERT BANDS MAY 5 -- The University and Concert Bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a joint concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 5 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The University Band will be conducted by graduate student Andrew Mast. The Concert Band will be conducted by Morgan Jones, who is also the interim director of the Hawkeye Marching Band. The concert will be free and open to the public.

The Concert Band will perform two original band works, Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Sea Songs" and John Barnes Chance's "Incantation and Dance." They will also play arrangements of music from two of the most popular works in the orchestral repertoire, Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana."

The University Band program will consist entirely of original works for band, including the "Florentiner" March by Julius Fucik, "Satiric Dances" by Norman Dello Joio, "Hymn and Celebration" by UI graduate Timothy Mahr and "Ginger Marmalade" by Warren Benson. Graduate student Jeffrey Klaessy will the featured soloist in the Fantasia for alto saxophone and band by Claude T. Smith.

Jones has been interim director of the Hawkeye Marching Band for the past two years. A native of Muscatine, he was director of the Marching Band 1973-91.

During Jones' tenure, the band attended 12 bowl games, including three Rose Bowls. Under his direction, the band won the 1990 Sudler Intercollegiate Marching Band Trophy, awarded by the John Philip Sousa Foundation for longtime contributions by the band and its directors.

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UNIVERSITY CHORALE MAY 6 -- The University Choir from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6 in UI's Clapp Recital Hall.

The free concert will be directed by doctoral student Melanie Jacobson. David Shaler, also a graduate student in choral conducting, will be the piano accompanist.

The concert will open with "The Foundling Hospital Anthem" by George Frideric Handel, written for a fund-raising concert on behalf of the hospital. The anthem's texts, drawn from the Old and New Testaments, are references to the importance of caring for the poor in society. Soloists in the anthem will be soprano Solveig Olson, mezzo-soprano Heidi Brown, tenor Jeffrey Krueger and counter-tenor David Shaler.

The second half of the concert will begin with Bartok's "Four Slovak Folk Songs," a setting of peasant songs that are marked by irregular meters and off-beat accents.

Next, the choir will perform "Love and Shapes High Fantastical" by Stephen Chapman, a collage of poetry and prose on love and music. The texts are drawn from the plays and sonnets of Shakespeare and describe many aspects of music's power and love's charms and dangers. Chapman's setting calls for a narration, which will be spoken by John Muriello of the UI School of Music voice faculty, in addition to choir, harp, piano and English horn.

The concert will close with settings by Alice Parker by Robert Shaw of two spirituals, "Sometimes I Feel Like a Lonesome Dove" and "Set Down, Servant."

Jacobson is a doctoral student in choral conducting at the UI School of Music. Since 1991 she has been a member of the faculty of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.

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WOMEN'S CHORALE MAY 7 -- The Women's Chorale from the University of Iowa School of Music will present its end-of-semester concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The performance will be free and open to the public.

The Women's Chorale, one of five choral ensembles in the School of Music that are filled by auditions, has 28 singers. The group is directed by choral conducting doctoral student Matthew Faerber.

The first half of the concert will feature sacred music for women's voices from the 18th and 20th centuries. A fanfare for treble voices, piano, brass and percussion by contemporary Welsh composer William Mathias will open the concert. Two works from the 18th century will be "Suscepit Israel" from the Magnificat in D major of J.S. Bach and Nicolo Porpora's "Lauda Jerusalem," with soloists Cecilia Francis, Collete Conway, Jenny Edmund and Emily Einwalter.

The first half will conclude with two movements from Edward Gregson's "Missa Brevis Pacem," composed in 1989.

The second half of the concert will feature secular music, with compositions by Schubert and Francis Poulenc. Ron Nelson's arrangement of the Appalachian melody "Will He Remember" will feature soloist Beth Purdy. Andrew Carlson -- a three-time Georgia state fiddle champion as well a doctoral violin student in the School of Music and an instructor at the Preucil School in Iowa City -- will be the guest soloist for the square dance tune "Weevily Wheat."

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STEEL PAN CONCERT MAY 7 -- River City Steel, the steel-pan ensemble at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in Voxman Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

River City Steel is directed by Tom Keck, a graduate student in percussion in the UI School of Music who also makes most of the arrangements for the group. The instruments, which originate from the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, are constructed from 55-gallon metal oil drums. The versatile instruments have a remarkable sound that is immediately recognizable and is widely associated with Caribbean cultures.

River City Steel has various pans for eight players, ranging from single pans that carry high notes to a bass that requires six drums. Together with the "engine room" -- the percussion section -- the pans offer a special combination of melody, harmony and driving rhythm.

The May 7 concert will feature a variety of Caribbean tunes and popular songs associated with Caribbean styles. Familiar pieces on the program will include Alan Menken's "Under the Sea" from the popular Disney movie "The Little Mermaid," Jimmy Buffet's hit "Margaritaville," and the traditional "Matilda." The program will also include two songs by Len "Boogsie" Sharpe, "Musical Wine" and "Sunset"; and the traditional "Everybody Loves Saturday Night."

The steel pan ensemble was started in 1994 as a project to widen the multicultural musical environment for UI students and the community. The ensemble is offered for credit to music and non-music students alike.

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KANTOREI CONCERT MAY 8 -- Kantorei, the premiere vocal ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present "The End Times," a concert of choral works dealing with the judgment day and final farewells, at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of graduate choral conducting student David Shaler, will be free and open to the public.

The first portion of the program will comprise two works dealing specifically with judgment day: a motet by Orlande de Lassus, one of the most prolific and admired composers of the 16th century; and a small-scale oratorio by the 17th-century master of the genre, Ciacomo Carissimi. The latter will feature soloists from the choir.

The second portion of the program will include three motets by Charles Hubert Perry, one of England's most cherished composers at the turn of this century. Written in his troubled final years, these works were titled by the composer "Song of Farewell."

Following Perry's works Kantorei will sing "Naenie" by Hermann Goetz, a little known contemporary of Brahms. This work is a passionate setting of a poem by Schiller that uses figures from Greek mythology to portray the end of life and beauty.

To end the concert, an instrumental combo from the UI gospel choir Voices of Soul will join Kantorei for performances of two gospel tunes, "Going to Heaven" and "Packing Up."

David Shaler is currently completing his doctorate in choral conducting in the UI School of Music. He is music director at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Iowa City. Before coming to the UI he sang for five years with the professional choral group Chanticleer, which recently performed in Hancher Auditorium.

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DANCE CONCERT PRESENTS COLLABORATIONS MAY 8-9-- The University of Iowa Dance Department will present its spring Choreographic Design Concert at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI's North Hall.

The concert reflects class projects in collaborative creation. This semester's projects emphasized dance/theater collaborations between choreographers and writers. Each choreographer worked with a playwright or poet in the creation of an ensemble production.

The resulting pieces reflect the variety of ways in which choreography and text can be combined. Some pieces feature spoken or recorded text as accompaniment to dance; others use text through projections; and in others the text is spoken by dancers and/or actors.

The five pairs of collaborators are: choreographer Sabrina Madison-Cannon with Iowa Playwrights Workshop member Levy "Lee" Simon, choreographer Kirsten Kaschock with playwright Rob Merritt, choreographer Kuan Chew with playwright Nina Orechwa, choreographer Lana McAllister with playwright Wes Broulik, and choreographer Sarah Duax with intermedia student Erin Myers.

Although the five pieces in the program are not related -- with subjects ranging from tribal rituals to alien abductions -- intermedia student Katie Roach has collaborated with all the choreographers and writers to create interludes that provide segues between the pieces.

Admission to the Choreographic Design Concert will be $5 ($4 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the door.

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OPERA SCENES MAY 9 -- The University of Iowa Opera Theater will present "Scenes from the Opera Workshop," a program of arias and scenes from a variety of operas, at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9 in the Opera Rehearsal Room of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus.

The performance, under the general direction of Beaumont Glass, will be free and open to the public.

Graduate and undergraduate students in the voice area of the UI School of Music will perform on the program, including soprano Yat-Si Leung, bass-baritone Colin Johnson, bass-baritone Jonathon Thull and bass-baritone Gary Haase. They will perform several arias, the duet "La ci darem la mano" from Mozart's "Don Giovanni" and a scene from Verdi's

"Don Carlo," featuring a highly dramatic confrontation between King Philip II of Spain and the Grand Inquisitor.

Accompanist for the performance will be Katerina Stamatelos, a graduate student in the School of Music.

The director of the UI Opera Theater, Glass was for many years a leading opera coach of the Zurich Opera and the Festival of Aix-en-Provence. Along with staging operas in Europe and the United States, he has accompanied song recitals in the Salzburg, Aix and Holland festivals, as well as on tour with well known singers including Grace Bumbry, Martina Arroyo and Simon Estes. He has been at the UI since 1980. The spring Opera Theater production of Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet" was his 35th major production at the UI. In addition to stage direction, he has provided his own translations of 20 of the operas.

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OLD GOLD SINGERS GO CLASSICAL MAY 9 -- The Old Gold Singers, best known as the University of Iowa's show choir, will present a free concert of classical choral music at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The Old Gold Singers is directed by School of Music graduate assistant Bret Peppo.

The May 9 concert will stress diversity of style, with works ranging from the sacred music of the Renaissance to American spirituals.

One major work on the program will be J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 10, "Meine Seel' erhebt den Herren" (My Soul sings praise to the Lord) for chorus, soloists and an instrumental ensemble of strings and winds, plus organ and harpsichord continuo. The solo parts will be sung by graduate voice students in the UI School of Music: soprano Emily Truckenbrod, male alto David Shaler, tenor Dirk Garner and bass Jonathan Thull.

Other works on the program will be:

--"Gloria Patri" by Renaissance composer Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, who is known for the purity and clarity of his many-voice counterpoint;

--the Magnificat of 20th-century composer Halsey Stevens, featuring trumpeter Mike Flynt and pianist Ben Hagen;

--two sacred motets by the Spanish Renaissance composer Thomas Luis Victoria and the Romantic French composer Gabriel Faure, with soloist Anne Gersicke; and

--arrangements of two American spirituals, "I'm Gonna Sing 'Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart" and "He's Got the Whole World."

The Old Gold Singers is a select musical group whose members are chosen by audition. The group's annual campus performances include the popular "Cocoa and Carols" at the winter holiday season, as well as the "Fall Festival" and "Swing Into Spring" concerts. The group also travels throughout Iowa, performing for schools and community groups. Most recently, they toured to New Orleans during the UI spring break. Past tours outside the state have taken them to New York, Washington, D.C., and the Bahamas.