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Release: Sept. 15, 2000

Sept. 27 concert of new works by David Gompper will celebrate relationships with colleagues

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- David Gompper, a faculty member in the theory and composition area of the University of Iowa School of Music and director of the UI Center for New Music, will present a concert of his recent compositions at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert will be free and open to the public.

Gompper, a pianist, will perform several works with UI School of Music faculty members, graduate students and guest artists. Other works will be performed by student ensembles. The complete program and performers will be:

-- Three Preludes for organ, performed by music faculty member Delbert Disselhorst;

-- "Caedmon’s Hymn" for mixed chorus, performed by the UI choral ensemble Kantorei, directed by music faculty member Timothy Stalter;

-- "A Song Cycle" on six poems by Marvin Bell, Iowa Poet Laureate and a professor in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, performed by Gompper with music faculty members Katherine Eberle, mezzo-soprano; John Muriello, baritone; Susan Jones, soprano; Stephen Swanson; bass; and Diana Gannett, string bass; with guest artist Pamela Weest-Carrasco, harp;

-- "Transitus" for wind ensemble, performed by the UI Concert Band, directed by UI faculty member Myron Welch; and

-- "Shadows II" for piano, percussion and brass quintet, performed by the Iowa Brass Quintet with Gompper and UI graduate student Jon Donald, percussion, and directed by graduate student Ching-chu Hu.

In part, this program is a celebration of Gompper’s relationships with other faculty at the UI. For example, several works on the program are being performed by the original faculty artists for whom they were written. The Three Preludes were written for Disselhorst in 1996, for the dedication of a new organ in Seattle. One of the Marvin Bell songs was written for Eberle in 1997, and two others were written for Eberle and Gannett, who with Gompper premiered them in Brazil in August.

Two other of the Marvin Bell songs were written for "Words and Music," a course that Gompper and Bell have taught together at the UI since 1993. In the class, student poets and composers are paired together to create songs together. In conjunction with the class, and as an example for the students, Gompper and Bell have created new works together, too.

"Shadows II" was commissioned by the Iowa Music Teachers Association (IMTA). One of Gompper’s most recent works, it was premiered in Clapp Recital Hall June 4, 2000 during the IMTA state convention. That performance featured Gompper with the Iowa Brass Quintet and conductor Ching-chu Hu.

The large ensemble works are a little older. "Caedmon’s Hymn," based on the oldest known poem in Old English, was written in 1986 and premiered in Ann Arbor, Mich., July 26 of that year. "Transitus" was commissioned by the University of Texas-Arlington. It was premiered by the UT-A Wind Ensemble and conductor Ray Lichtenwalter in Carnegie Hall in New York July 5, 1992.

Gompper joined the music theory and composition faculty of the UI School of Music in 1991. He received his Bachelor of Music degree at San Diego State University, a Master of Music from the Royal College of Music in London, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of Michigan. His teaching experience includes two years at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka and a faculty position at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Gompper has received numerous awards for his academic and musical achievements, including the Charles E. Ives Prize for composition from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Composers Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

His "Lament for Bosnia" was premiered in 1998 by the UI Symphony and Choruses as part of "Global Focus: Human Rights ’98," the UI’s year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Of his other compositions, "Transitus" was premiered at Carnegie Hall and "Flip" was premiered by the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.

Recently, Gompper traveled to Thessaloniki, Greece, and the University of Auckland in New Zealand to lecture on current American musical trends in composition. In May 1999 he performed a concert of his works and lectured at the Moscow Conservatory of Music in Russia. He has also served as a cultural specialist for the United States Information Agency in Kwangju, South Korea.

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