CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Tadeu Coelho is pronounced tah-DAY-oo QUAIL-yo.
UI Symphony Band concert Feb. 21 highlights Honor Band Weekend at
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
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.