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Release: Dec. 1, 2000


BAROQUE ENSEMBLE CONCERT DEC. 10 -- The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble and its director, violinist Leopold La Fosse, will present a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa campus.

The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble is a small string orchestra made up of current and former University of Iowa students and UI music faculty. The group specializes in the performance of music from the Baroque period in music, roughly 1600 to 1750, and the early Classic period. They perform using copies of authentic Baroque instruments and bows. This enables them to play their instruments in the same manner as performers of the Baroque period, which in turn makes possible a historically appropriate style of performance.

The Dec. 10 program is comprised of works by J.S. Bach: the Concerto for three violins and string orchestra in D Major, BWV 1064, with soloists Miki Yuasa, Spencer Howard and Stephen Shepherd; the Allegro movement of the concerto in A minor for harpsichord, flute and violin, BWV 1044, with soloists are Susana Pinto harpsichord, Antonio Guimaraes, flute, and La Fosse, violin; and the Orchestral Suite no. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068. Except for La Fosse, all the soloists are doctoral students in the UI School of Music.

The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble was founded in 1985 to provide violin students at the UI the opportunity to play solo works from the Baroque and early Classic periods. Since its formation the group has been invited to perform at a number of state and national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association, the Music educators National Conference, and colleges and public schools in Iowa. Their annual performance series on the UI campus includes concerts at the UI Museum of Art, University Hospital's Colloton Pavilion and the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

La Fosse joined the UI music faculty in 1972. His performing career has included extensive solo appearances as well as concertmaster positions with five orchestras. He continues an active international career as soloist and chamber musician, with tours in the United States, Europe, South America and Russia. In 1997 he celebrated his 25th anniversary on the UI faculty with a series of four recitals displaying his versatility, appearing as a virtuoso soloist, a chamber musician, a Baroque performance specialist and a jazz violinist.

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COMPOSERS WORKSHOP PRESENTS NEW PIECES DEC. 10 -- The Composers Workshop from the University of Iowa School of Music will present new works by four student composers in a concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Undergraduate student Matt Ertz will have two works on the concert: "Tria" for flute, alto saxophone, and vibraphone, and music by cello, string bass and piano for "Advocacy," a four-minute silent film on the subject of date rape that was written and directed by Gwen Cassidy for her UI film production class in the spring of 2000. The film, which will be shown with the performance of the musical score, was photographed by Megan Jensen, also a film student at the UI.

Graduate student Christopher Brakel will be represented on the program with two works, "Segment-09" for tape and "Poem" for cello solo. "Segment-09" was composed during the fall semester as a part of the electronic music course in the UI School of Music. "Poem" was composed in September, simultaneously with a poetic text that the composer considers to be conceptually identical with the musical score.

Graduate student Albin Jones will also have two works on the program, "too near for sleep" for bass clarinet and bassoon, and "Krseoi d’erbinthoi ep'anon ephonto" (Golden pulses grew upon the shore) for solo piano.

Jones explained that the title for "too near for sleep" "comes from the last line of Wallace Stevens’ ‘The Dove in Spring,’ which served as a stimulus for the frenetic scenario acted out between the instruments."

"Listening recently to an earlier piece I composed for three clarinets, I decided to further explore some of the gestures made by the bass clarinet line in that composition," Jones wrote in a program note for this score. "To these ‘exercises,’ I added a bassoon line that acted in a primarily antagonistic manner. After realizing that the bassoon and bass clarinet rarely had a chance to develop ‘personalities,’ I scrambled the various phrases, switched voices and interposed more material."

Jones wrote that the title of his other work came from one of Sappho's ancient Greek poetic fragments. "As with most of my recent music," he added, "this work explores a series of structural events as they are transported from one harmonic space to another. In this work, these events consist of a collection of 'minimal' or micro-thematic gestures."

The program will also include "Interruptions" for alto saxophone by graduate student Adam Lewis.

The Composers Workshop is a collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music. It is devoted to the performance of music written at the UI and aims to foster greater co-operation and interplay between composers and performers in the Iowa City area. The workshop is directed by David Gompper, professor of music in the Theory and Composition Department of the School of Music and director of the Center for New Music.

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PERCUSSIONISTS GET THEIR ‘LAST CHANCE’ DEC. 10 -- The fall semester "Last Chance" concert of the University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble will begin at 8:02 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, making it officially the final concert of the year at the UI School of Music. The performance, which will be free and open to the public, will be in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The UI Percussion Ensemble is directed by Dan Moore, professor of percussion at the UI School of Music. The group presents a "Last Chance" concert at the end of each semester, as one final opportunity for percussion students to perform the solos and ensemble pieces they have been studying. Traditionally the "Last Chance" concert is also the last performance of the semester in the School of Music.

Moore said the program, which usually falls in place at the last minute, has not been decided yet. "We will feature solos and duos by outstanding students from the percussion studio who will audition for the opportunity to play in the ‘Last Chance’ concert," he said.

Formed in 1958, the UI Percussion Ensemble has been performing on the UI campus and around the state of Iowa for more than 40 years. The group performs musical styles ranging from ragtime and jazz to 20th-century concert idioms and traditional musical styles from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. In addition to the standard percussion repertoire, the ensemble regularly performs the newest music written by both professional composers and students.

With an extensive array of instruments -- from traditional drums, xylophones and cymbals to just about anything that can be struck, scraped, shaken or smashed together -- Percussion Ensemble performances are known for their variety and fast-paced programming, presented with humor, drama and old-fashioned showmanship.

An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic and multi-percussion, he is considered a "total percussionist."

Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1995. Only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught percussion at the UI for more than 35 years. He is a performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Ltd., and Innovative Percussion. He has written for Jazz Player, Sticks and Mallets and Percussive Notes magazines.