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Release: Jan. 17, 2001
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UI Hancher Auditorium wins Chamber Music America award for adventurous
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium is the winner
of the 2000 Award for Adventurous Programming, presented by Chamber Music
American (CMA) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
(ASCAP). The award was announced during the annual awards ceremony of the
CMA national conference Jan. 14 in New York City.
The CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming are presented annually
to chamber ensembles, presenters and festivals, recognizing organizations
that feature contemporary work. The focus of these awards is on performances
of music written after 1975.
First and second prizes are awarded to presenters who sponsor 10 or more
chamber music events in a season, and those who present nine or fewer events.
Hancher won the first prize in the latter category.
The chamber ensemble eighth blackbird, which will conclude a busy one-week
UI residency with a Hancher-sponsored concert on Jan. 25, won the CMA/ASCAP
first prize in Adventurous Programming among touring ensembles. The Paul Dresher
Ensemble, which will perform "Ravenshead" with UI alumnus Rinde
Eckert March 27-28 in the Hancher Loft, won the second prize in that category.
Hancher was recognized, in particular, for its many commissions and premieres
of chamber music, and a variety of educational and audience-building activities
as part of its 1999-2000 Millennium Festival. The Millennium Festival was
the nations most ambitious and extensive performing-arts millennium
Hancher Assistant Director Judith Hurtig, who accepted the award on behalf
of the UI, said, "Hanchers Millennium Festival was an extraordinary
forum for creating and presenting new music. I think the festival will stand
as a major achievement of the millennium celebrations, and this award is one
indication of its impact."
The Hancher-commissioned chamber-music world premieres were: five commissions
and three world premieres on the "Traveling Music" concert of the
Kronos Quartet, Sept. 15, 1999; Paul Schoenfields "Four Music Videos"
on the Jan. 27, 2000, performance of the Ahn Trio; Steve Martlands "Hard
Times" on the April 8, 2000, concert of the Australian Chamber Orchestra
and the Bang on a Can All-Stars; Richard Danielpours "A Childs
Reliquary" on the April 13, 2000, concert of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson
Trio; Cedar Rapids composer Michael Daughertys "Used Car Salesman"
on the April 18, 2000, concert of the Ethos Percussion Group; and Gabriela
Ortizs "Baalkah," along with six more world premieres, on
the May 3, 2000, concert of the Kronos Quartet and soprano Dawn Upshaw.
Also recognized with the award was the concert by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist
Kathryn Stott, which included compositions by John Corigliano, Peter Schickele
and Richard Danielpour from the late 1990s.
The educational and audience-development activities surrounding the concerts
-- "Who Was Isaac the Blind? An Evening of Jewish Mysticism and Klezmer
Music" the night before the September Kronos concert;
-- residencies by the Ahn Trio in Iowa City, Decorah, Burlington and Pella
as part of Hanchers three-year Network Project;
-- an interactive event by Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott with students at 20
schools around the state over the Iowa Communication Network (ICN);
-- UI School of Music workshops with musicians from the Bang on a Can All-Stars;
-- a performance/discussion by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio at the
Iowa City Public Library, broadcast on the librarys cable channel;
-- a three-and-a-half-week residency by the Ethos Percussion Group including
events at 12 -- elementary and junior high schools in six communities and
an ICN broadcast; and
-- a master class by Dawn Upshaw for UI and University of Northern Iowa
students that was viewed by an audience of 300.
CMA is the national service organization for the chamber music field with
a mission to make chamber music a vital part of American culture. The organization
has more than 6,000 members including professional ensembles, presenters,
festivals, training institutions, individuals, amateurs, enthusiasts, music
businesses, composers, artist managers, educators, students and libraries.
CMA plays a direct role in supporting a wide variety of artistic pursuits,
including performances, touring, educational programs and the commissioning
of new repertoire. The eighth blackbird residency this month is just one example
of the Hancher programming that has been financially supported by CMA.
Major support for the Hancher Millennium Festival chamber music commissions,
concerts and residencies was provided by Procter & Gamble, CMAs
"A Musical Celebration of the Millennium," the National Endowment
for the Arts, the Wallace-Readers Digest Funds and Iowa State Bank &
In addition to CMA, the eighth blackbird residency is supported by West
Music Company and Group 5 Hospitality/Radisson Highlander Plaza. The Iowa
City Press-Citizen is the corporate sponsor of the "Ravenshead"
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