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Release: Jan. 30, 2002
Iowa Brass Quintet performs Feb. 9 on Target Community Concert Series
The Iowa Brass Quintet will perform on the 2001-2002 Target Community Concert
Series at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University
of Iowa campus.
A resident faculty ensemble at the UI School of Music, the Iowa Brass Quintet
(IBQ) performs on the UI campus each semester and for schools, universities,
civic concert associations, and professional meetings throughout the United
Current members of the IBQ are Jeffrey Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone;
David Greenhoe, trumpet; and Robert Yeats, tuba, all faculty members of the
UI School of Music; and Barbara Deur, trumpet.
Founded in the early 1950s, the IBQ has been widely acclaimed for its artistry
in the performance of music of all periods and premieres of new compositions.
The quintet's CD "Americana: A University of Iowa Celebration" features
works by composers associated with the UI, either as faculty or students in
the School of Music, or whose works have been favorites of the group over
the years. It was released as part of the celebration of the UI Sesquicentennial
The Feb. 9 program also features Tony Oliver, percussionist, who will perform
early-Renaissance dance works with the IBQ. In addition, the ensemble will
explore and explain the history and development of brass instruments and perform
"Armenian Scenes" by composer Alexander Arutiunian.
Jeffery Agrell holds a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College and a master's
degree in horn performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He did
further studies at the Institut de Hautes Etudes Musicales (Institute of advanced
musical studies) in Montreux, Switzerland, and at the Basel Conservatory.
Agrell has been invited to be a guest artist at the 2001 International Horn
Workshop in Kalamazoo, Mich. The UI Horn Choir, which he directs, has also
been invited to perform there.
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 chair of the brass area
in the UI School of Music and is active as a soloist and recitalist. During
summer seasons he performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta,
a post he has held since 1975.
Deur is a member of the Quad Cities Symphony and has been a trumpet instructor
at UI. She has performed widely as a soloist and clinician, has been principal
trumpet of the Des Moines Symphony and has been a member of the Cedar Rapids
Gier came to the UI in August 1995. He has taught at Baylor University and
Central Connecticut State University. He began his professional career in
New England as a member of the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony and Orchestra
New England. He has performed with numerous professional ensembles, including
the New Haven, Hartford, Waco and San Angelo symphonies, and Keith Brion's
Peerless Sousa Band. He is currently principal trombone of the Breckenridge
(Colo.) Festival Orchestra.
Yeats has taught at the UI for more than 20 years. He was principal tubist
with the Cedar Rapids Symphony for 19 years and has appeared as soloist with
many professional orchestras, bands and brass ensembles on the East Coast
and across the Midwest. At the UI he teaches tuba and euphonium, directs the
Collegium Tubum and edits the "University of Iowa Guide to Selected Wind
and Percussion Materials."
Children and seniors will be admitted to the Feb. 9 concert free of charge.
A $1 donation is suggested for adults, and will be accepted at the door.
UI Arts Share, which administers the concert series, provides artistic resources
from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations.
The 2001-02 Arts Share roster includes approximately 100 faculty and graduate
students in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing.
UI Arts Share and Target Stores began a partnership in 1995 designed to
sponsor field trips, dance workshops and performances for children in the
Iowa City area. "Last year we discovered that the Target Community Concert
Series really fills a need in the community for family oriented arts performances,"
says Diane Kenney Handler, Arts Share director. "The time and format
are perfect for children, at an affordable price."
Other remaining concerts in the series will be presented by the UI Steel
Band, UI Dancers In Company and the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble.
For more information about the Arts Share program, call director Diane Kenney
Handler at (319) 335-1618 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored
events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation
in order to participate in this program, please contact the Arts Share office
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa
on the World Wide Web. The Arts Share web site is <http://www.uiowa.edu/artsshare/home.htm>.
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