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Release: Sept. 25, 2001
UI Center for New Music, ensemble from Old Dominion will play Serbian
music Sept. 30
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Center for New Music will join
forces with Creo, the new music ensemble from Old Dominion University in Virginia,
to present a free concert of contemporary Serbian music at 8 p.m. Sunday,
Sept. 30 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The concert will be directed by David Gompper from the UI and Andrey Kasparov
from Old Dominion. Faculty and guest artists on the program will be oboist
Mark Weiger from the UI and percussionist David Walker from Old Dominion;
and guest artists Lisa Relaford Coston, mezzo-soprano; F. Gerard Errante,
clarinet; and Oksana Lutsyshyn, piano.
The concert is the second half of a musical exchange between the UI and Old
Dominion, in which the Center for New Music and Creo presented the same program
last spring in Virginia.
The program will feature six works by six composers: "MIX" (1993)
for tape alone by Vladan Radovanovic; "Rukoveti" (A Harvester Gathers
a Handful of Songs) (1999) for voice and piano by Isidora Zebeljan; "Lamentoso"
(1977) for violin, clarinet and piano by Milan Mihajlovic; "Farce"
(1976) from "Hexagons" for violin, cello and piano, by Srdjan Hofman;
"Chamber Music" (1997) for voice and instrumental ensemble by Vera
Stanojevic; and "Facere Totum" (1993) for mixed instruments by Tatjana
"Although Serbia has been devastated by war for many years, artistic
creativity and musical composition continue to flourish there," Gompper
said. "This diverse and fascinating program is a testament to the resilience
of the creative artists of that country, and also to the creative spirit everywhere.
"In these troubling and dangerous times, it is valuable to be able to
share these artistic works from another culture on the other side of the world."
A flexible organization devoted to the presentation of the music of the past
100 years, the Center for New Music (CNM) is directed by David Gompper, a
faculty member in the theory and composition area of the UI School of Music.
Part of the new UI Division of Performing Arts, the center supports its own
performing ensemble, including both faculty and students of the School of
Music, and presents concerts of recent music by guest artists.
The CNM was founded in 1966 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
The center promotes the performance of new music by providing a core group
of specialists in contemporary performance techniques. Its programming has
included world premieres as well as acknowledged contemporary masterworks.
In November 1998, an East Coast tour by the center included a performance
at Merkin Hall in New York City. Critic Paul Griffiths opened his New York
Times review of the concert by observing that "an ensemble of faculty
and graduate students from the University of Iowa performed strongly Tuesday
night," and he praised Gompper for "the concert's clarity and directness."
Kasparov was born in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan, to a family of Armenian
descent. At 15 he moved to Moscow, where he later entered the Moscow State
Conservatory, graduating with honors in music composition and piano in 1989
and 1990, respectively. In the United State he studied composition at the
Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington. He has also participated
in the 1996 Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany.
Kasparov's compositions have been performed in Moscow, New York, Paris, Darmstadt,
Yerevan, Ottawa, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and many other cities in
the former Soviet Union, Europe and North America. In addition to his career
as a composer, he is a very active pianist. He has appeared in concerts as
a recitalist, chamber musician and soloist with symphony orchestras throughout
the former Soviet Union, North America, Europe and South Africa.
Kasparov has won prizes at numerous composition and piano competitions, including
the 1997 Sergei Prokofiev International Composition competition in Moscow;
the 1998 Orleans (France) International Piano Competition for 20th-century
music; and the all-U.S.S.R. composition competitions in 1985 and 1987.
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
yearlong 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
Gompper has 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.
Information on the Center for New Music, including program notes for the
Sept. 30 concert, are available on the world-wide web, at http://www.uiowa.edu/~cnm/.
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