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Release: Nov. 30, 2001

Photo: John Rapson, head of the UI jazz studies program

UI Jazz Faculty Ensemble Launches Annual Target Concert Series

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Jazz Faculty Ensemble will kick off the 2001-2002 Target Community Concert Series at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in Clapp Recital Hall.

The hour-long interactive performance will feature games, storytelling and holiday classics for children, after which the ensemble will give a far-ranging jazz performance.

The UI Jazz Ensemble is comprised of faculty members from the jazz studies area in the School of Music: John Rapson, trombone; Steven Grismore, guitar; Jim Dreier, drums; Brent Sandy, trumpet; Bob Paredes, saxophone, and Anton Hatwich, Bass.

Rapson, head of the jazz studies program, has been at the UI since 1993. He has had previous appointments at Westmount College in California and at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He has appeared on numerous recordings, five of which were recorded under his leadership. Mark Gridley has characterized his music as "extending several trends that were first demonstrated by Charles Mingus and George Russell."

Children and seniors are admitted free of charge. A one-dollar donation is suggested for adults and will be accepted at the door.

UI Arts Share administers the concert series. Arts Share program provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations. The 2001 Arts Share roster includes approximately 100 faculty and graduate students in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing.

UI Arts Share and Target Stores began a partnership in 1995 designed to sponsor field trips, dance workshops and performances for children in the Iowa City area. "Last year we discovered that the Target Community Concert Series really fills a need in the community for family oriented arts performances," says Diane Kenney Handler, Arts Share director. "The time and format are perfect for children, and you can't beat the price."

Other concerts in the series will be presented by WIZARDS! The Double Reed Consort, the Iowa Brass Quintet, the UI Steel Band, UI Dancers In Company and the LaFosse Baroque Ensemble.

For more information about the Arts Share program, call director Diane Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618 or send an e-mail to <>. A free Arts Share program guide including artist roster is available at the Arts Share office, 107 Theatre Building, the University of Iowa, 52242.