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Guest artists at UI School of Music will present trombone and piano recital Feb. 27

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Trombonist JoDee Davis and pianist Marleta Matheson will present a free recital as guests of the University of Iowa School of Music at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Both guest artists have ties to the state through the University of Northern Iowa. A faculty member at Kent State University in Ohio, Davis holds master's and bachelor's degrees in music education from UNI, and Matheson is professor emeritus of accompanying and group piano at UNI.

Their program will cover a broad spectrum of the available trombone repertoire, from the Baroque period to the 20th century. A concerto for trombone will share the program with arrangements taken from a variety of original sources: a song from operetta, a sonata for cello and -- unusually for a lower pitched instrument -- music that is usually played by violinists.

The complete program will be:

-- the "Meditation" from "Thais" of Jules Massanet, an arrangement of an orchestral interlude from Massanet's opera that has long been a popular encore for violinists;

-- an arrangement of Baroque composer Albinoni's Violin Concerto, op. 7 no. 3;

-- the Andante slow movement from Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata, op. 19;

-- Allen Ostrander's transcription of Four Preludes by Dmitri Shostakovich;

-- the Concerto for Trombone by Henri Tomasi; and

-- "Adele's Laughing Song" from Johann Strauss' popular operetta "Die Fledermaus."

In addition to teaching at Kent State, Davis plays with the Santa Fe Opera. She has taught at Eastern Washington University and played principal trombone in the Spokane Symphony. She has also played with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra and several orchestras in the Midwest.

Davis has performed with the trombone quartet PRISMA at the Women's Brass Conference in St. Louis; at International Trombone Festivals in Cleveland, Las Vegas and Feldkirch, Austria; and other festivals and clinics around the country. She has presented master classes and solo recitals at colleges and universities throughout the United States. She has a doctorate in brass literature and performance from Indiana University.

Matheson is currently principal keyboardist in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony as well as a free-lance accompanist and chamber musician. She has accompanied major artists including Seth McCoy, Sheri Greenawald, Simon Estes and Sigurd Rascher. She performed four summers in the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and Chamber Music Series.

In addition to recital appearances, she has performed an important role as accompanist in local and regional competitions, where her ensemble experience and expertise have contributed to the success of many contestants.