CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb. 8, 2002
Local students participate in first Honor String Orchestra at UI Feb.
from (hometown) are among 37 high school string players from 13 schools participating
in the annual Honor String Orchestra at the University of Iowa School of Music
on Sunday, Feb. 17. The days activities will conclude with a free public
concert under the direction of William LaRue Jones, the director of the University
of Iowa Symphony, at 8 p.m. Sunday evening, in Clapp Recital Hall at the UI.
Students attending the event play in the orchestra at (name of school), which
is directed by (name of teacher). Students playing in the UI Honor Orchestra
are: (names of students).
During their one-day visit to the UI campus, the students will rehearse for
the evening concert, and attend a brief recital and master class presented
by the string faculty of the UI School of Music. High school seniors will
have the opportunity to audition for admission to the UI School of Music for
the 2002-2003 academic year.
Students were selected for the Honor Orchestra by the recommendation their
high school orchestra directors.
Jones organized the Honor Orchestra in 2001 along the lines of similar events
that are held for high school band and choir students. I wanted to provide
an opportunity for talented students a share an experience in music making,
to work with the outstanding string faculty at the university and to meet
other gifted students from around the Midwest, he said.
The Honor Orchestra will perform two works for strings on the Feb. 17 concert:
a string orchestra version of the Andante Cantabile movement of
the String Quartet No. 1, op. 11, by Piotr llyich Tchaikovsky, and the Serenade,
op.11, by Dag Ivar Wiren.
To conclude the concert, the UI Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra will play
the Finale from Antonin Dvoraks New World Symphony, with
graduate student Timothy Dixon as conductor.
Tchaikovsky wrote his String Quartet No. 1 while a student at the Petersburg
Conservatoire in 1871. The quartet gained immense popularity largely because
of the power of the second movement, the Andante Cantabile, which
has been arranged in various versions for performance.
Tchaikovsky admitted that the principle melody was inspired by a folk tune
he heard being sung by a plasterer outside his window while on a visit to
his sisters country estate in the summer of 1869. Much of the works
success, however, comes from Tchaikovskys development of the folk tune,
which is interwoven with an original melody to provide optimal lyricism.
Wiren is not a well-known name outside of his native Sweden. He studied music
at the Stockholm Conservatory and then in Paris before returning to Sweden
in 1934 to work as a music critic. The Serenade is the one work that has helped
him gain recognition in the orchestral realm. He wrote the Serenacefor the
Stockholm Chamber Orchestra, who premiered it in 1948. He has also composed
other works, including an opera, film music, songs, and chamber music, but
none of these works have afforded him the same following in Sweden as the
A UI music alumnus, Jones joined the faculty of the School of Music in 1997
as director of the University Symphony and director of orchestral studies.
Prior to joining the UI faculty, Jones was the founding music director/administrator
of the internationally recognized Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies of
Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.
Jones is a highly honored musician, having received the Twin Cities Mayors'
Public Art Award, the American String Teachers Association Exceptional Leadership
and Merit Award and the David W. Preuss Leadership Award. He has appeared
as a guest conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,
the Sinfonie Orchester AML-Luzern (Switzerland) and other orchestras around
the world. He has conducted all-state and festival orchestras in 46 states
and five Canadian provinces.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts.
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EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that students from your community
or readership area are participating in the Honor Orchestra at the UI School
of Music. The students are listed below, arranged alphabetically by town.
Each town is followed by school names, the names of students and the instrument
that each plays. The name of the local orchestra teacher appears at the end
of each schools listing. Please note that the list is based on information
provided by the students; we have given you all the information we currently
have available. Information is listed by the students' hometowns, rather than
the towns where the schools are located, so you should check for listings
under all the communities in your readership area. For clarification, or to
arrange local photo opportunities, you may contact the local orchestra director.
BURLINGTON: Burlington High School -- Jennifer Ahern, bass, senior; Evan
Pratt, violin, senior (Claudia J. Lyons)
CEDAR RAPIDS: Kennedy High School -- Thanhmai Dotran, violin, sophomore (Joe
DAVENPORT: West High School -- Lindsay Albert, violin, senior; Sydney Schaar,
violin, junior (Carol Phoenix)
IOWA CITY: City High School -- Brooke Accaregui, violin, junior; Maren Allen,
violin, sophomore; Jessica Bentley, cello, sophomore; Ruth Bergman, violin,
junior; Sarah Byram, bass, sophomore; Nic Coffman, bass, freshman; Joanna
Dawson, cello, sophomore; Krista Dotzel, viola, freshman; Virginia Drier,
violin, sophomore; Kate Folk, viola, junior; William Gentzsch, violin, freshman;
Emmett Hanick, bass, junior; Barbara Linhardt, cello, junior; Erilynn Russo,
cello, senior; Will Samorey, violin, junior; Chris Williams, viola, junior;
Sarah Wilson, violin, sophomore (Candace Wiebener)
LE MARS: Le Mars Community High School -- Meredith French, viola, junior
MT. PLEASANT: Mt. Pleasant Senior High School -- Nick Thornberg, violin,
junior (Joanne T. Ancell)
SIOUX CITY: East High School -- Michael Luebke, cello, freshman; Seth May-Patterson,
viola, freshman; Kyle Ringgenberg, violin, junior; Stephen Warren, violin,
junior; Ashley Wendel, violin, senior (Eleanor May-Patterson)
North High School -- Sarah Dees, cello, junior (Peter Iversen)
MANKATO: Mankato East Senior High School -- Dawn Chute, cello, senior (David
STILLWATER: Stillwater Area High School -- Steven Hainlen, violin, sophomore;
Alex Kisselburg, cello, sophomore; Katie McMullen, violin, senior (James Hainlen)
OMAHA: Marian High School -- Meghan Stephan, viola, sophomore (Karen M. Marble)
MILWAUKEE: Hamilton High School -- Cassandra Narewski, violin, junior (Jim
WEST BEND: West Bend West High School -- Danielle Allie, cello, junior (Christopher