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Release: March 31, 2000
UI School of Music faculty member reaches potential audience of six million
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mark Weiger is flying high.
The oboist and faculty member at the University of Iowa School of Music
has learned that a compact disc recording that he made with WiZARDS!, a double-reed
quartet he helped found, is being featured on the American Airlines Audio
Performance program "Command Performance," with a potential audience
of 6 million passengers.
Weiger learned of this when a friend contacted him after returning from
a trip to France.
"She told me that as she was browsing through the American Airlines
Magazine on the flight looking at the musical selections for the in-flight
music she noticed that there were selections from 'Fantasy for WiZARDS!' listed,"
Weiger contacted American Airlines, and received an e-mail message from
Tim Ward, the director of audio programming for AEI Inflight, the company
that provides American Airlines with their inflight entertainment.
"I can confirm 'WiZARDS!' is on American Airlines' audio programming,
specifically in the Classical music show on Channel 1 titled 'Command Performance,'"
"American Airlines has 272 audio equipped aircraft in their fleet,
both domestic and international. This program plays on all those aircraft.
These 272 aircraft fly approximately 18,000 flights in total per month, exposing
approximately 3,000,000 passengers to the audio per month. As this audio program
will play for 2 months, that's approximately 6,000,000 passengers that will
be potentially exposed to the audio inflight entertainment."
WiZARDS! is a double reed quartet featuring the oboe, bassoon, English horn,
oboe d'amore, contra bassoon and piccolo oboe. In addition to Weiger, members
of the group are Andrea Gullickson, oboe and oboe d'amore; S. Blake Duncan,
English horn; and Greg Morton, Bassoon.
The group currently gives nearly 30 concerts each year, and they have toured
through 15 states, including performances in Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas
City and Washington D.C. "Fantasy for WiZARDS!," their second CD,
was released in December 1997 on the Crystal label. Their third CD, "Classical
WiZARDRY," is due to be released on Crystal next month.
WiZARDS! Can be found on the internet at http://www.dca.net/wizards/index.html.
(NOTE TO EDITORS: Photos and additional information about WiZARDS! Can be
found at their web site, <http://www.dca.net/wizards/index.html>.)