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Johnson County Landmark, UI dancers will repeat Ellington's 'Nutcracker'
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- It's back by popular demand--and this is no marketing
come-on-- because the event is free.
The University of Iowa Johnson County Landmark jazz band and dancers
from the UI dance department will reprise their recent performance of Duke
Ellington's "Nutcracker" Suite at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 in
Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The original performance Nov. 23 was played before a standing-room-only
crowd, and more than 200 people were turned away. The event was rescheduled
at the request of the dancers for the benefit of the jazz and dance fans
who had to miss the first performance. Audience members for the Dec. 5
performance are urged to come early in order to find seats.
As at the first performance, Johnson County Landmark (JCL), the UI School
of Music's repertory ensemble for the performance of original compositions
by jazz masters, will be directed by John Rapson, head of the UI jazz studies
program. A corps of 33 graduate and undergraduate dance students will perform
choreography by Sabrina Madison-Cannon, a graduate student in the UI dance
For the performance JCL sits across the back of the Clapp Hall stage
and the dancers perform in front of the players. Costumes, provided by
the dance department, have been coordinated by Stacey Gray and Madison-Cannon.
Technical advisor for the performance is Chuck Ping of the Liberal Arts
Created in 1962, Ellington's version of the Tchaikovsky "Nutcracker"
Suite was his first complete record album devoted to arrangements of another
composer's music. Ellington's Suite has nine movements, based on popular
pieces from Tchaikovsky's score. Re-named with jazzy titles, they include
"Toot Toot Tootie Toot" (originally "Dance of the Reed Pipes"),
"Sugar Rum Cherry" ("Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy")
and "Danse of the Floreadores" ("Waltz of the Flowers").
Of the nine movements in the Suite, eight will be performed by the dancers,
who will enter at the end of the Overture. There will be no story line
running through this "Nutcracker," although there will be a Guide--danced
by undergraduate Sinead Gildea--who leads from one dance to the next and
has the featured solo in "Sugar Rum Cherry." Other featured dancers
will be graduate students Amelia McCarthy and Lavar Kidd in "Chinoiserie"
(originally the Chinese Dance); undergraduate Julie Asmar in "Danse
of the Floreadores"; and Jen Randal in "The Volga Vouty"
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at
or the dance department at http://www.uiowa.edu/~dance/.