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Release: August 30, 2002
UI CONCERT SEPT. 15 IS PART OF MUSICAL EXCHANGE WITH ISU
The directors of the music schools at the University of Iowa and Iowa State
University have borrowed from the world of sports to create a unique home-and-away
musical exchange between the two institutions.
Horn player Kristin Thelander from the UI and pianist Sue Haug from ISU will
play the same concert program on both campuses, with the Iowa City performance
coming at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15 -- the day after the annual UI-ISU clash
in football -- in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The concert will be free and open to the public.
Thelander and Haug will play three pieces on the Sept. 15 concert: Cornucopia:
A Sheaf of Miniatures by Thomas Dunhill; Deep Remembering
by Dana Wilson; and the Sonata of Joseph Rheinberger. They will perform the
same program on the ISU home field in Ames on Sept. 8.
Thelander explained the origin of the program: I met Sue Haug in the
fall of 2000 at the annual convention of the National Association of Schools
of Music, which is attended by virtually all executives of accredited music
schools in the country. We enjoyed each other immensely, and talked about
Last spring we got serious about it, and planned these recitals at
Iowa State and Iowa around the time of -- but not during! -- the annual football
game between the two rivals.
As administrators, we find that our schedules often get filled with
non-musical activities, so we are enjoying this opportunity to continue making
music, along with our administrative duties at our respective schools.
As the horn player, I got to pick the music, but I wanted to make sure
Sue would enjoy our repertoire as much as I did. I suggested this particular
program because I think it includes some particularly satisfying pieces for
both the pianist and the hornist.
Cornucopia is one of several solo works for wind instruments
that Dunhill wrote for the British publisher Boosey & Hawkes. Commissioned
in 1941, these included pieces for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn.
Cornucopia -- a play on the Latin for horn of plenty
-- is a suite of small pieces that display the lyrical qualities of the horn,
with colorful accompaniments by the piano. They were dedicated to horn player
Frank Probyn, who was Dunhills colleague on the faculty of the Royal
College of Music in London.
Thelander heard the premiere of Dana Wilsons Deep Remembering
at the 1996 International Horn Symposium in Eugene, Oregon. Even on
first hearing, I knew this was a piece I wanted to perform, she said.
I was particularly attracted to the music because of Wilsons
effective use of pitch-bending and sliding from one pitch to another, created
by combinations of half-valve and hand-muting techniques. These modern
effects are closely related to natural horn techniques, and I find it interesting
to employ the right hand techniques of the historical natural horn in new
ways. The piano also uses some extended techniques, including tone clusters
and inside-the-piano techniques.
According to the composer, the movements titles come from a passage
in Anne Sextons love poem Kiss:
Where there was silence
the drums, the strings are incurably playing. You did this.
Pure genius at work. Darling, the composer has stepped
Wilson is Professor of Composition at Ithaca College in New York. His compositions
have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and East Asia. They
have received several awards, including the International Trumpet Guild First
Prize, the Sudler International Composition Prize, and the Ostwald Composition
Rheinberger studied and taught organ and composition at the Munich Conservatory
in the late 19th century. He was a conservative romantic composer who avoided
the modern ideas of his time, as represented by the works of Wagner and Liszt,
while writing symphonies and chamber music in traditional forms.
His Sonata for Horn and Piano is the only late romantic work of its kind,
and thus was hailed as a valuable addition to the horn repertoire when it
was rediscovered in the late 1960s. It captures the Romantic ideal of the
horn, from the noble and heroic first movement, to the lyrical slow movement,
to the energetic and extroverted finale.
The partnership of the horn and piano is unmatched in any other work
from its time, Thelander commented, and therefore it is one of
the most satisfying works in the horn repertoire.
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 Roycroft Chamber Music Festival in
East Aurora, New York.
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 Peoples 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.
Haug is head of the Department of Music at Iowa State University, where she
teaches piano and piano pedagogy. She has been on the ISU music faculty since
1975 and has served as department head since 1991. She holds undergraduate
and masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Doctor
of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa.
Haug performs regularly as soloist and accompanist. Most recently she and
colleagues at ISU have developed and toured with an original music-dramas
on the life and music of Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Nadia Boulanger.
Haug's research has focused most recently on sight-reading at the piano and
cognitive psychology as it applies to the learning of music. Her articles
have been published in the American Music Teacher, Clavier, and Keyboard Companion
magazines, and she has been invited to give presentations at national meetings
of the College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, the National
Conference on Piano Pedagogy, and Sigma Alpha Iota. In addition to her work
at ISU, she teaches piano in her home studio and is active as an adjudicator
and clinician. She is past president of the Iowa Music Teachers Association
and is a member of the National Association of Schools of Music Commission
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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