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Release: Oct. 18, 2001
UI Symphony Band opens 2001-2002 performance season with free concert
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Symphony Band will feature two
soloists from the UI School of Music faculty --Kristin Thelander, horn, and
Katherine Eberle, mezzo-soprano -- when they open their 2001-2002 performance
season with a free concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 in Clapp Recital Hall
on the UI campus.
Myron Welch, director of bands at the UI, will conduct.
Thelander, who teaches horn and is the director of the School of Music, will
be soloist for "Shindig" for solo horn and wind ensemble by UI alumnus
Daniel S. Godfrey. Eberle will be featured in Three Japanese Dances by Bernard
Other works on the program are a band arrangement of the "Dance of
the Spirits of Fire" from the opera "The Perfect Fool" by Gustav
Holst; Vincent Persichetti's Symphony No. 6 for Band; and "Equus"
by Eric Whitacre.
"Shindig," a concert piece in one movement, was commissioned by
the Big 10 Band Directors Association. Godfrey has written, "Although
I had no particular action sequence in mind while writing it, I think of this
music as something akin to a big barn dance: the soloist plays the braggart,
the blow-hard (forgive the pun), continually sounding off, cutting in and
demanding center stage. The rest of the ensemble willingly plays along with
all this, at times giving over to it completely."
Godfrey holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Yale and a doctorate
in composition from the UI. A professor at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse
University, he is founder and co-director of the Seal Bay (Maine) Festival
of American Chamber Music and co-author of "Music Since 1945." He
has received many awards and commissions for his compositions.
Bernard Rogers wrote his Three Japanese Dances for orchestra in 1933. The
dances were re-scored for winds at the request of Frederick Fennell for a
1946 performance by the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
Rogers writes, "Among my works based on Eastern sources are 'The Song
of the Nightingale' and Three Japanese Dances. The latter arises from my response
to the art of the Japanese wood block masters particularly Hiroshige, Hokusai
and Sharaku. The subtle art of omission, the elegance and aristocracy, the
freedom and invention within formal scheme, the reticence and high mastery
of these artists command my admiration and have impelled me to imitate these
qualities in music."
The three dances are titled "Dance with Pennons," "Dance
of Mourning" and "Dance with Swords." The middle movement includes
an episode for "distant mezzo voice," unaccompanied.
One of the most distinguished American composers of the 20th century, Persichetti
taught composition at the Philadelphia Conservatory and Juilliard. He produced
a large, eclectic output in virtually all concert genres, from which his piano
works and music for concert band are considered the most important.
His Symphony No. 6 for Band was commissioned by Washington University in
St. Louis and became a standard part of the band literature soon after its
premiere at the national convention of the Music Educators National Conference
in St. Louis in March 1956. Its four movements maintain the traditional structure
of the symphony: an opening movement with slow introduction and sonata-form
main section; a slow movement based on the hymn '"Round Me Falls the
Night"; a dance-movement in trio form; and a vigorous finale that recalls
themes from the preceding movements.
Welch has been director of bands at the UI since 1980. In addition to conducting
the Symphony Band and Chamber Wind Ensemble, Welch teaches courses in instrumental
methods and conducting, and is coordinator of the Iowa Honor Band. He was
recently named a Collegiate Fellow in the UI College of Liberal Arts in recognition
of years of distinguished teaching, research and service to the college.
Prior to joining the UI faculty Welch was director of bands and coordinator
of music education at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He has bachelor's
and master's degrees in music from Michigan State University and a doctorate
in music education from the University of Illinois.
Welch is past president of the American Bandmasters Association, the Big
10 Band Directors Association and the Iowa Bandmasters Association. He is
a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician with bands throughout
the United States.
Thelander joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989 and was elected
director of the School of Music in 2000. Active as both soloist and chamber
musician, she is a member of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet. As a guest artist
she performed a solo with the Chinese National Opera Orchestra for the opening
concert of the International Horn Symposium held in Beijing in July, 2000.
During the summer she performs with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville,
She was the first prize-winner in the 1981 American Horn Competition, and
she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, South Korea
and the People's Republic of China. She has been a featured artist at many
regional and international horn workshops in recent years, and she performed
as soloist with the La Crosse Symphony, the Heartland of America Air Force
Band, the Lake Agassiz Concert Band, the Britt Festival Orchestra, the Iowa
Baroque Orchestra, the Greeley (Colo.) Philharmonic and the Santa Fe Symphony.
She has recorded solo and chamber music for Crystal Records, CRI, Vienna Modern
masters and Centaur Records.
Before coming to Iowa Thelander was on the music faculty at the University
of New Mexico, and she was a member of the New Mexico Brass Quintet, the Santa
Fe Symphony and the New Mexico Symphony. She holds degrees from St. Olaf College,
the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Eberle has performed internationally in opera,
concert and solo recitals. The Atlanta Constitution wrote, "Katherine
Eberle was a standout. More than any other performer, she showed what it takes
for a solo performer to command the stage."
She has performed with the opera theater of Lille, France, the Academy of
the West, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Aspen Festival Opera Theatre, the
American Institute of Music Studies in Graz, Austria, and at the Mozarteum
Her solo compact disc of songs of women composers, "From a Woman's
Perspective," has been issued by Albany Records on the Vienna Modern
Masters Label. She was also soloist on a CD of the Mozart "Requiem"
released by the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Eberle made her New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in
1993. In 1994 and '95 she toured as a musical ambassador for the United States
Information Agency, performing in South America and Korea. In 1998 she was
elected President of the State Chapter of the National Association of Teachers
of Singing, hosting the state convention.
She has won awards from the National Association of Teachers of Singing,
the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Bel Canto Foundation and the Ann
Arbor Friends of Opera. During the academic year she is on the faculty of
the UI School of Music, and for seven summers she taught at the Interlochen
Arts Camp in Michigan. Her annotated bibliography about American Operatic
Monodramas was published in the Journal of Singing in 1999.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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