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UI music faculty and guest pianist will present chamber music concert March 29

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Chamber players, a flexible group of performing faculty from the UI School of Music, will be joined by guest pianist Robert Conway to present a free concert of music for winds and piano at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Wind players on the program will be flutist Tadeu Coelho, oboist Mark Weiger, clarinetist Maurita Murphy Mead and horn player Kristin Thelander, all members of the UI School of Music faculty. Together with Conway, who is a pianist with the Detroit Symphony and a faculty member at Wayne State University in Detroit, they will perform five works for a variety of trio combinations, all featuring two winds with piano.

Works on the program will be:

--Trio, op. 88 for oboe, horn and piano by 19th-century German composer Carl Reinecke;

--Trio for flute, oboe and piano by mid-20th-century English composer Madeleine Dring;

--"Summer Night" for flute, horn and piano, composed in 1986 by Katherine Hoover;

--Trio by George Rochberg, composed in 1948 and revised in 1980; and

--"Guillaume Tell Duo Brilliant" (Brilliant duo from 'William Tell'), a 19th-century set of virtuoso variations on a tune from Rossini's opera, for flute, oboe and piano, by Jean Demersseman and Felix C. Berthelemy.

One of the most prominent musicians of his generation, Reinecke was head of the Leipzig Conservatory in the late 19th century. A conservative composer who sought to preserve the German classical tradition, he wrote chamber music in a style near that of Schumann and Brahms.

A violinist, pianist and composer, Dring is known to many students for her keyboard method books. She wrote a number of chamber pieces that include oboe for her husband, Roger Lord, a former principal oboist with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Formerly a professional flutist in New York, Hoover has composed, published and recorded numerous works for woodwind instruments. Both of her quintets have been played by the Iowa Woodwind Quintet, a UI faculty ensemble. "Summer Night" is a reduction of a work originally written for flute, horn and strings.

George Rochberg is one of the leading American composers of the 20th century. He has written an opera, choral music, seven string quartets, five symphonies and other orchestral works. He has taught at the Curtis Institute and the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as chair of the music department. In addition to being a composer he has written extensively about music.

An active and committed performer of contemporary music, Conway has a large number of premieres to his credit and has been the featured soloist in numerous composer-supervised festivals and performances. He has been a pianist with the Detroit Symphony since 1989. He has taught at Wayne State, the University of Michigan and Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

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 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.

Weiger has performed in 38 states, Canada, England, France and Austria, presented two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, been a finalist in nine international competitions and won second prize at the Lucarelli International Competition. A review in the Illinois State Journal commented that "The beautiful oboe solo by Mark Weiger was a highlight. . . . his tone soared above the ensemble with sweet clarity."

He has served as the principal oboist for the Albany (N.Y.) Symphony, the Ohio Opera Company, the Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts and the Portland Symphony in Maine. Since coming to Iowa, he has been principal oboe with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, and the Southwest Virginia Chamber Orchestra.

Mead is in her 15th year teaching clarinet on the faculty of the UI School of Music, where she is also associate director for undergraduate studies. Her many solo invitations have included International Clarinet Association conferences, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the Southeastern Clarinet Workshop and the conference of the College Band Directors National Association. She has been principal clarinet of several Midwestern orchestras, including the Cedar Rapids Symphony.

As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Cleveland Quartet and other ensembles. Her recent "On The Fence" performances, combining jazz, jazz-influenced compositions and classical works on a single program, was followed by "Over the Fence," an entire jazz program. She recently recorded a CD of Brazilian chorus with pianist Rafael Dos Santos, a UI alumnus.

Thelander joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989. Active as both soloist and chamber musician, she is a member of the Iowa Brass Quintet. During the summer she performs with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Ore. Previously she was a member of the New Mexico Brass Quintet, the Santa Fe Symphony, the New Mexico Symphony and the Four Corners Opera Festival in Durango, Colo.

Thelander was the first prize-winner in the 1981 American Horn Competition, and she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, South Korea and the People's Republic of China. She has been a featured artist at many regional and international horn workshops in recent years.