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Release: Nov. 10, 2000
Iowa Brass Quintet welcomes new member for Nov. 20 UI concert
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Brass Quintet will welcome its newest member,
horn player Jeffrey Agrell, in a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20 in
Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.
Agrell is a visiting faculty member at the UI School of Music, where he
teaches undergraduate horn students, directs the Horn Choir and coaches chamber
music. Agrell came to the UI in August from a position as associate principal
horn with the Lucerne (Switzerland) Symphony Orchestra. He took the place
in the quintet of Kristin Thelander, who left the group when she was selected
as director of the School of Music.
A resident faculty ensemble at the UI School of Music, the Iowa Brass Quintet
(IBQ) performs on the UI campus each semester and for schools, universities,
civic concert associations, and professional meetings throughout the United
States. In addition to Agrell, current members of the IBQ are David Greenhoe,
trumpets, David Gier, trombone, and Robert Yeats, tuba, all faculty members
of the UI School of Music; and Barbara Deur, trumpet.
Founded in the early 1950s, the IBQ has been widely acclaimed for its artistry
in the performance of music of all periods and premieres of new compositions.
The quintets recent CD, "Americana: A University of Iowa Celebration,"
features works by composers associated with the UI, either as faculty or students
in the School of Music, or whose works have been favorites of the group over
the years. It was released as part of the celebration of the UI Sesquicentennial
For the Nov. 20 concert, the IBQ will play a combination of original works
and arrangements for brass quintet. The program will comprise Three Renaissance
Madrigals, works of Gregor Aichinger, Luzzasco Luzzaschi and Claude Le Jeune
arranged for brass by Irving Rosenthal; the Quintet No. 2 for brass quintet
by Victor Ewald; an arrangement of J.S. Bachs Toccata and Fugue in D
minor; and the Brass Quintet of Thomas Fredrickson.
The change in personnel of the IBQ was triggered last spring when the faculties
of the UI School of Music, department of theatre arts and dance department
voted to form a new Division of Performing Arts. David Nelson, who had been
director of the School of Music since 1991, was selected to head the new division,
and Thelander was elected by the School of Music faculty to take over as director
of the School of Music. Thelander continues to teach her graduate students
in horn, but gave up her undergraduate students and her position in the IBQ.
Agrell holds a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College and a masters
degree in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He did
further studies at the Institut de Hautes Etudes Musicales (Institute of advanced
musical studies) in Montreux (Switzerland) and at the Basel Conservatory.
He was a member of U.S. Army Bands from 1970 to 1973 and was associate principal
horn with the Lucerne (Switzerland) Symphony Orchestra from 1975 until 2000.
During that time he also had the opportunity to perform chamber music with
various ensembles throughout Europe. An avid writer, he has been on the editorial
staff of two international brass journals for several decades, with fifty
published articles to his credit.
Agrell began composing and arranging during his college years and played
jazz guitar and electronic music in the 1980s. For the past decade he has
had a steady stream of commissions from professional chamber music ensembles,
including the Slokar Trombone Quartet, Philharmonic Brass Luzern, Swiss Clarinet
Players and the Swiss Brass Consort. His Rhythm Suite for Clarinet and Marimba
was the winner of the 2000 composition contest of the International Clarinet
Association. His works have appeared on CD and have been broadcast on radio
and television nationally and internationally. Many of his works have been
published and performed at contests and festivals.
Agrell has been invited to be a guest artist at the 2001 International Horn
Workshop in Kalamazoo, Mich. The UI Horn Choir, which he directs, has also
been invited to perform there.
Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal
trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass
area at the UI and is active as a soloist and recitalist. During summer seasons
he performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta, a post
he has held since 1975.
Deur is a member of the Quad Cities Symphony and has been a trumpet instructor
at UI. She has performed widely as a soloist and clinician, has been principal
trumpet of the Des Moines Symphony and has been a member of the Cedar Rapids
Gier came to the UI in August 1995. He has taught at Baylor University and
Central Connecticut State University. He began his professional career in
New England as a member of the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony and Orchestra
New England. He has performed with numerous professional ensembles, including
the New Haven, Hartford, Waco and San Angelo symphonies, and Keith Brions
Peerless Sousa Band. He is currently principal trombone of the Breckenridge
(Colo.) Festival Orchestra.
Yeats has taught at the UI for more than 20 years. He was principal tubist
with the Cedar Rapids Symphony for 19 years and has appeared as soloist with
many professional orchestras, bands and brass ensembles on the East Coast
and across the Midwest. At the UI he teaches tuba and euphonium, directs the
Collegium Tubum and edits the "University of Iowa Guide to Selected Wind
and Percussion Materials."
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