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Midwest Composers Symposium brings five concerts of new music to UI Nov. 6-7

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa School of Music and Center for New Music will host a virtual feast of contemporary music with five free concerts in two days, Nov. 6-7. The performances, all in Clapp Recital Hall, will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 and throughout the day Saturday, Nov. 7: 11 a.m., 2, 4 and 8 p.m.

The performances are presented as part of the 1998 meeting of the Midwest Composers Symposium, a consortium of composition departments at five Midwestern universities: the UI, Indiana University, the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan and Oberlin College in Ohio. All members except Oberlin will participate in the events on the UI campus.

The Friday evening concert will feature faculty and students from the UI School of Music, performing works for large ensemble by composers from each of the participating schools. Performing ensembles will include the Chamber Orchestra, directed by William LaRue Jones; Kantorei, directed by William Hatcher; and Symphony Band directed by Myron Welch. The complete program for the Nov. 6 concert will be:

--"Loose Associations" by Michael Pounds from the University of Illinois, performed by the Chamber Orchestra;

--"The Heart Asks" by David Maki from the University of Michigan and "Tota Pulchra" by N. Lincoln Hanks from Indiana University, performed by Kantorei;

--"Bullet Train" by Kevin Beavers from the University of Michigan, performed by the Symphony Band; and

--"Locust Hour" by John Allemeier from the UI, performed by the Chamber Orchestra.

The four concerts on Saturday, Nov. 7 will feature composers and ensembles from the participating universities. Nine works by composers and performers from the UI will be spread among the four concerts. They will be:

--"Stress Relations" for two violins and tape by Mark Chubb;

--"Oracle" for mezzo-soprano and ensemble by Katerina Stamatelos, with performances by UI voice faculty member Katherine Eberle and an ensemble directed by David Gompper, director of the UI Center for New Music;

--"Impressions" for solo piano by Evangelia Kikou;

--"Tone to Ground" for piano and double bass, by Erin Gee;

--"The Gleaners" for double bass and soprano by Vatchara Vichaikul;

--"Tasten" for solo piano by Dimitri Papageorgiou;

--"Brouhaha" for mixed chamber ensemble by Alex Lunsqui;

--"Elision" for solo clarinet by Edgar Crockett; and

--"Nights . . ." by J.J. Hudson.

The works from the other schools will feature a wide variety of media, including solo instruments, traditional chamber ensembles, mixed ensembles, music for tape, music for solo instruments with tape, and pieces for voice and instruments.

The Midwest Composers Symposium was begun in 1948 by Anthony Donato of Northwestern University and originally included Northwestern, Michigan, Illinois and the UI. Membership of the symposium has shifted over the years, but has consisted of the current five schools since 1993. The organization aims to allow composition students to have contact with composers at nearby institutions and to foster connections and self-identity among composers.

The Center for New Music was founded at the UI School of Music in 1966 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The center promotes the performance of new music by providing a core group of specialists in contemporary performance techniques. In 1986 the center received the Commendation of Excellence from Broadcast Music, Inc., the world's largest performing rights organization, and it recently received grants from the Aaron Copland Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. Today the Center for New Music is under the direction of David Gompper, a member of the School of Music faculty. It is supported by a generous gift from the Glenn and Emily Millice Fund through the University of Iowa Foundation.