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Release: Feb. 4, 2002

NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Gerardo Dirie is pronounced jher-AR-doe dee-ree-AY. Coelho is pronounced QUAIL-yo. Papageorgiou is pronounced pa-pa-JOR-ji-oo.

UI Center for New Music will perform commissions and works by UI students Feb. 10

The University of Iowa Center for New Music will perform the premieres of two new works commissioned for UI faculty performers, as well as works by UI students, on a free public concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The works written for UI are the first results of a new commissioning program set up by the center last year. They will be "Double," written for UI trumpet faculty member David Greenhoe and the Iowa Brass Quintet by UI alumnus Lewis Nielson; (pictured at left) and "Anjo Breve" (Short year) for bassoon and strings, written for UI bassoon faculty member Benjamin Coelho by Gerardo Dirie

Other premieres on the concert will be "For Hermann Markus" for mezzo-soprano and chamber orchestra, the dissertation piece by UI doctoral candidate Dimitri Papageorgiou; and "Four Japanese Death Poems" by UI graduate student Christopher Brakel.

Also on the program will be "Stile Antico" for two oboes, piano and string quartet by UI graduate student Michael Cash; and "The Sun" for piano trio by UI undergraduate student John Ritz.

A flexible organization devoted to the presentation of the music of the past 100 years, the Center for New Music 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 performances on the Feb. 10 concert will feature faculty soloists together with student performers associated with the CNM. The large-ensemble works will be conducted by John Winzenburg and Tim Dixon, doctoral students in the School of Music.

A graduate of the UI School of Music, Nielson is on the composition faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Delius Foundation, Meet the Composer, the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Groupe de Music Experimentale de Bourges in France and the Ibla Foundation, Sicily. He has received many commissions and his works have been performed throughout the United States and Europe.

"Double" was written after the manner poetic forms of the High Middle Ages consisting of a first section asking a question on a courtly subject, followed by a second section that presented a response. Titled equally after the "doubles" of the Renaissance and Baroque dance movement pairs, the work contains two contrasting movements derived from the same basic material. The ghostliness and mournful quality of the first movement forms creates an atmosphere quite different form the robust, bravura second.

"I had met bassoonist Benjamin Coelho in Bloomington almost a decade ago" Dirie wrote "He was presenting some remarkable programs of contemporary Latin American works for his instrument. A frequent guest in the concerts of the Latin American Music Center, he became a good friend and an inspiring performer for all his colleagues. It has been a long time since we had been considering to collaborate artistically, and it was thanks to the commissioning program of the Center for New Music that this possibility became a reality."

Coelho has worked extensively as performer and teacher of bassoon, in both the United States and his native Brazil. He was a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, which won various chamber music competitions including Artists International, Coleman, and Monterey Peninsula chamber music competitions. As a soloist, Coelho has played recitals and concertos in Brazil, the United States, Canada and Portugal.

In Brazil, Coelho has played principal bassoon with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, the Grupo de Musica Contemporanea of Minas Gerais and the Gramado Woodwind Quintet.

Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass area at the UI and plays first trumpet in the UI Iowa Brass Quintet. He is active as a soloist and recitalist, and during summer seasons he performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta.

Prior to coming to Iowa, Greenhoe was a member and soloist of "the United States Marine Band in Washington D.C. He has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Rochester (N.Y.) Philharmonic and the Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Philharmonic.

The Iowa Brass Quintet, a resident faculty ensemble at the UI School of Music, performs on the UI campus each semester and for schools, universities, civic concert associations, and professional meetings throughout the United States. Founded in the early 1950s, the group has been widely acclaimed for its artistry in the performance of music of all periods and premieres of new compositions. Its current members are Greenhoe and Barbara Deur, trumpets; Jeffrey Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; and Robert Yeats, tuba.

The Center for New Music 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 1986 the center received the Commendation of Excellence from Broadcast Music, Inc., the world's largest performing rights organization, and it recently received grants from the Aaron Copland Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Center for New Music is supported by the UI Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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