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UI Symphony Band concert Feb. 21 highlights Honor Band Weekend at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Symphony Band will present a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.

Myron Welch, director of UI bands, will conduct the concert, which is free and open to the public. Flutist Tadeu Coelho, a new faculty member at the UI School of Music, will be the guest soloist. The UI Percussion Ensemble and Clarinet Choir from the UI School of Music will perform in the Hancher lobby before the concert and during intermission.

The concert is part of the annual Honor Band Weekend at the UI. Each year approximately 160 high school musicians from around the state are invited to campus to play with a distinguished guest conductor and to attend clinics on their individual instruments.

The high school Honor Band will present its own free concert, with guest conductor Jack Williamson, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 in Hancher Auditorium.

For its concert, the Symphony Band will play four works: "Dance Movements" by Philip Sparke; "Carmen Fantasy" by Francois Borne, with Coelho; David Maslanka's "A Child's Garden of Dreams"; and John Boyd's band arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."

Sparke's "Dance Movements" were commissioned for the U.S. Air Force Band and premiered by them in January 1996. Although the four connected movements were inspired by dance, no specific dance rhythms are used. The first movement uses xylophone, tambourine and other percussion instruments to give a Latin American quality to the music. The second and third movements are played in turn by woodwind and brass instruments, while the final movement, for full band, was inspired by the dance music from Leonard Bernstein's Broadway hit "West Side Story."

The music from Bizet's "Carmen" was a popular source for virtuoso instrumental variations, of which Pablo Sarasate's "Carmen Fantasy" for violin is the best known. Similar showpieces were composed for other instruments, including the "Carmen Fantasy" for flute of Borne, which Coelho will play with the band.

David Maslanka was born in New Bedford, Mass., and studied at the New England Conservatory, the Oberlin Conservatory, the Salzburg Mozarteum and Michigan State University. A member of the music faculty at Kingsborough College of the City University of New York for more than 20 years, he now lives and works in Montana. His "Child's Garden of Dreams" was inspired by a passage in psychologist Carl Jung's "Man and His Symbols," where a series of dreams by a dying girl are described. Maslanka selected five of the original 12 dreams in Jung's text, to be used as motifs of the five movements of his score.

One of the most popular concert pieces in the classical repertoire, Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" was originally written for piano. The music is familiar from its orchestral versions, of which the arrangement by French composer Maurice Ravel is best known. The Symphony Band will play a band transcription by John Boyd.

Coelho came to the UI from the University of New Mexico in 1997. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the Americas. He has performed as first solo flutist with the Santa Fe Symphony, the Hofer Symphoniker in Germany and the Spoletto Festival Orchestra in Italy. In the summer of 1996 he was invited to play with the Boston Symphony under conductors Bernard Haitink, Robert Shaw and Robert Spano.

Coelho's performances have consistently earned high critical praise. Following a series of concerts in Brazil, one critic commented that he "played with musicality and beautiful sound. His virtuosity and clear performance are remarkable." Another critic wrote that "there is no doubt about his virtuoso abilities, topped with a degree of musicianship that was magnificent and complete."

Started on the flute by his father, he has studied with many of the leading flute teachers around the world. He holds a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with the legendary flutist Julius Baker. He has toured Italy, Germany, the United States, Mexico and Brazil, performing concerts and giving master classes.

Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire, with special interest in the music of Latin America. Several composers have written works for him, including Ronald Roseman, Ruth Schonthal, Joaquin Gutierrez Heras, Eduardo Gamboa, Amaral Vieira, Michael Weinstein and Steven Block. His CD recording of the music of Brazilian composers was released on Tempo Primo in 1995, and a new CD of 20th-century Mexican flute music will be released shortly.

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