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Release: Nov. 24, 1999


UI JAZZ BANDS HOLD DEC. 3 HIGH-SCHOOL WORKSHOPS -- The Johnson County Landmark big band and John Rapson, head of the University of Iowa Jazz Studies program, will offer the first annual Workshop and Performance Day for area high school jazz bands, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. The event is made possible by a grant from Target Stores.

The workshops, intended to help high school band students prepare for festivals and competitions taking place in early 2000, will be held in the UI Clapp Recital Hall and in classrooms at the School of Music. Workshops will include Chart Prep with Big Bands, Improvisation and Rhythm Section, as well as specific sessions for guitar, piano, bass, drums and horns.

The day will culminate in a public performance by Johnson County Landmark at 1:45 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall. The event is free, but a donation of $1 is suggested. Proceeds will benefit the UI Jazz Studies Program.

Johnson County Landmark is the UI's advanced jazz big band. The group, directed by Rapson, chooses members by competitive audition. JCL's concert repertoire includes swing, bebop, and contemporary standards as well as originals by band members. JCL musicians have performed throughout the United States, Europe and South America.

Arts Share is a University of Iowa program that provides artistic expertise from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools, local arts councils, community arts associations, museums, senior citizen centers and other organizations throughout Iowa and the surrounding region. The Arts Share roster of touring artists includes nearly 100 faculty members, ensembles and graduate students in the performing, visual and literary arts.

For information about the UI Arts Share program, call program director Diane Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618.

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DEC. 3-4 SPACE/PLACE CONCERT WILL FEATURE BALANCHINE CLASSIC -- The fall Space/Place Concert of the University of Iowa Dance Department will feature not only the best new choreography by UI dance students, but also a rare staging of a ballet masterpiece by George Balanchine at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3 and 4, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

The Space/Place Concert will feature a variety of new choreography by UI students
Kerrie Thoma, Patricia Renzetti, E.E. Balcos, Alessandra Herszkowicz and Penny Askew. Among the musical selections used by the student choreographers are works by Mozart, Musorgsky and Thomas Tallis. A faculty adjudication panel selected the student works.

Visiting faculty member Susan Toumine, a veteran of Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, received permission from the Balanchine estate to stage a section of "The Four Temperaments," which Balanchine choreographed in 1946.

The UI Dance Company was the first student ensemble ever granted permission to stage a Balanchine work, when it produced sections of "Stars and Stripes" for its annual Dance Gala in 1992 and 1994. Balanchine, who was the long-time artistic director of the New York City Ballet, is widely considered to be the premier ballet choreographer of the last half-century.

Toumine has been a faculty member of l'Ecole Superieure de Quebec since 1978, and on the summer faculty of the Banff Center for the Arts since 1984.

Admission to the performances -- the first Space/Place Concert performances since the installation of theatrical seating in the Space/Place -- will be free, but donations will be accepted.

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ADKINS READS DEC. 6 -- David Adkins, a sports agent formerly based in Australia, will discuss his self-published book, "A Journey In Overseas Basketball," at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating live on the University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Ron Adams, assistant coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, writes, "No one can ever accuse David of being stereotypical, conformist or unoriginal . . . he is one very interesting and talented man whose stories of his vast basketball experiences are not only fascinating but truly spoken from the heart. I must confess that I am envious. Isn't this how life should be lived?"

In the Foreword, Marc Hansen, a sports writer for The Des Moines Register, recalls, "In talking to Dave, it . . . became apparent that basketball is much more than just the National Basketball Association and the college game. The sport has exploded across the globe. Unfortunately, Americans are the last to know. If anyone is equipped to fill in the blanks, it is Dave Adkins."

Adkins has worked for almost 30 years in international basketball as a player agent. He finds jobs for American players, most of them former collegians, in leagues all over the world. He has also been a head coach in Mozambique and Australia.

For more information on the "Live From Prairie Lights" readings, visit the series' web page at

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JAZZ LAB BAND DEC. 6 -- The Jazz Lab Band from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert featuring music by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Horace Silver at
8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The Jazz Lab Band has the full big-band instrumentation of large reed and horn sections, plus a rhythm section of drums, bass and piano. A part of the instructional program of the jazz area in the UI School of Music, the band is devoted to teaching the skills of sight reading, stylistic interpretation, sectional playing and solo improvisation in large jazz ensembles.

The Dec. 6 program will reflect a diversity of styles that goes into the band's instructional program, from swing-era big-band arrangements to Latin jazz to new charts by jazz teachers of the current time.

In addition to classic big-band pieces by Ellington, Strayhorn and Silver, the program will include "New Mambo" and "Acha" from the album "Latin from Manhattan" by Bob Mintzer, saxophonist for the Grammy-winning Yellowjackets band; "Up All Night" by Shelley Berg, the director of the jazz program at the University of Southern California; "Mystique," Dave Eshelman; and "Cross Currents," a bossa nova by the jazz pianist Ellen Rowe, who teaches at the University of Michigan.

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UNIVERSITY AND CONCERT BANDS DEC. 8 -- The University and Concert Bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will share a concert program, starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in Clapp Recital Hall. The performance will be free and open to the public.

Two of the large wind ensembles at the School of Music, the University and Concert Bands are open to all students at the UI. Both groups are filled by audition.

The Concert Band is directed by Kevin Kastens, a UI faculty member who is also director of the Hawkeye Marching Band. Tadeu Coelho, who teaches flute in the School of Music, will be featured as a piccolo soloist in "The Wren Polka" by E. Demare. A native of Brazil, Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. He had previously taught at the University of New Mexico, and more recently has been visiting professor at the Ino Mirkovich music academy in Croatia.

Coelho 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.

Other works on the Concert Band's program will be "A Movement for Rosa," written in honor of civil-rights pioneer Rosa Parks, and including the anthem of the Civil-Rights movement, "We Shall Overcome"; a symphonic march, "The Sinfonians," written for the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity by Clifton Williams; "Over the Hills and Far Away," a children's march by Percy Grainger; and Part I of the "Armenian Dances" by Alfred Reed.

The University Band, under the direction of graduate assistant Christopher Nicholas, will play "Gavorkna Fanfare" for full band by Jack Stamp; "A Yorkshire Overture" by Philip Sparke; "Courtly Airs and Dances," based on the dances characteristic of different European countries in the 16th century; Symphony No. 1 for winds and percussion, "In Memoriam Dresden, Germany, 1945" by Daniel Bukvich; and "British Eighth March" by Zo Elliot.

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STEEL BAND TWO PERFORMS DEC. 10 -- Steel Band Two from of the University of Iowa School of Music, will hold a free concert, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in Voxman Hall on the UI campus.

Directed by UI graduate student Tim Shaw, the band will play a combination of traditional Caribbean tunes and contemporary pieces for steel drums.

The steel pans, or steel drums as they are variously known, are actually 55-gallon oil barrels that have been carefully crafted into tuned musical instruments. Originating on the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, these tuned drums have a timbre that is immediately recognizable as a Caribbean sound. They characteristically play the Calypso, Soca and Reggae music of the West Indies, as well as Afro-Cuban, American pop and other styles -- including arrangements of classical music.

Shaw is a UI graduate assistant in percussion. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, he specializes in steel drums and ethnic music. He teaches percussion in the Music Therapy program of the UI School of Music and also teaches percussion at Cornell College.