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Release: March 25, 2002
Music faculty celebrate April Fool's Day with tongue-in-cheek performance
in Clapp Hall
appears in the calendar as a University of Iowa School of Music faculty recital
by percussionist Dan Moore, but it's the date that tells the real story: the
free concert, at 8 p.m. Monday, April 1 in Clapp Recital Hall will definitely
be an April Fool's event.
"This is a concert of April fools," Moore said of the performance,
which will also feature his UI faculty colleagues Tadeu Coelho, flute; Susan
Sondrol Jones, soprano; and Shari Rhoads, piano.
"As an April baby, I have always wanted to do an April Fools Concert,"
Moore said. "It should be a lot of fun and, with any luck, pretty funny
and entertaining. The entire program will be full of surprises and classic
Moore, who has presented concerts on recycled instruments for Earth Day
and featured performers playing on buckets and chairs, added, "If past
history is any indicator, this event should be provide plenty of laughs and
Moore will open the performance alone, playing "Tambourines" by
Rupert Kettle, a work that lives up to its title by calling for three tambourines.
Next, Moore and Coelho will play three lighter works from Brazil, Coelho's
native country: "Carinhoso" and "Tico Tico," two of the
country's most popular musical exports; and ":Manha de Carnaval"
by Luis Bonfa and Carl Sigmand, which translates loosely as "A Day in
the Life of a Fool."
The remainder of the program will be devoted to a short play in two scenes
that Moore assembled from various musical numbers and novelties, "A Day
in the Life of a Drummer." The performance features Moore, naturally
enough, as the drummer, with Rhoads as his faithful companion, Charito Carminos,
and Jones as the perfect wife, Ronna Deed.
Musical pieces in the play will include "Hashi," "Allemande
du poulet," "Valse Brillante" by George Hamilton Green, Jerome
Kern's "Can't Help Lovin' That Man," "The Drum Lesson"
by John Serry, "Murder, He Says" by Frank Loesser, and Moore's "Big
"The play is a glimpse into the life of an aspiring percussionist,
which should be pretty funny to begin with," Moore said. " 'The
Drum Lesson' is a very funny piece where the performer gets a mail order phonograph
drum lesson -- much to the chagrin of his loving wife.
"Preparing this program his been a lot of fun. If you surround yourself
with creative people and let them do what they do best, great things can happen.
My advice is, bring your loved ones and be prepared to laugh."
An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has
experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical
styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion,
drum set, ethnic and multi-percussion, he is considered a "total percussionist."
He is a performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Ltd.,
and Innovative Percussion.
As a soloist, Moore has developed a unique new style of marimba performance,
using a MIDI set-up that allows him to create layers of electronically triggered
and natural acoustic sounds. For the past 12 years he has toured as a member
of the Britain/Moore Duo, whose CD "Cricket City" has been described
by Pan-lime Magazine as "a brilliant collage of pan-marimba pieces."
In 1998 Moore received a grant from the UI Central Investment Fund for Research
Excellence to produce a CD of his arrangements of the Percussion Pops music
of legendary percussionist Dick Schory, a pioneer of the contemporary percussion
ensemble. "Percussion Pops 2000 presents Jungle Fever: The Music of Dick
Schory" was recorded by the UI Recording Studios and released in 1999.
Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. An international touring artist
sponsored by the Miyazawa Flute Company, he has appeared as soloist and chamber
musician throughout Europe and the Americas. He has performed as first solo
flutist with the Santa Fe Symphony, the Hofer Symphoniker in Germany and the
Spoletto Festival Orchestra in Italy. In the summer of 1996 he was invited
to play with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood under conductors Bernard Haitink,
Robert Shaw and Robert Spano.
Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire, with special interest in the
music of Latin America. Many composers have written works for him, including
UI faculty members Michael Eckert and Lawrence Fritts, as well as Ronald Roseman,
Ruth Schonthal, Joaquin Gutierrez Heras, Eduardo Gamboa, Amaral Vieira, Michael
Weinstein, Steven Block, Richard Herman and others. His CD recording of the
music of Brazilian composers was released on Tempo Primo in 1995, and he also
recorded works by Thomas Delio on 3D Classics. His new CD of 20th-century
Mexican flute music was released in the spring of 1999 and is available, along
with Coelho's other recordings, from Eble Music in downtown Iowa City.
An alumna of the UI School of Music, Jones is an adjunct professor of voice
and coordinator of the voice, opera and choral areas. She has had an extremely
diverse professional career, having appeared in opera and oratorio throughout
the Midwest, been a member of the renowned Dale Warland Singers and the Bach
Society of Minnesota, and sung solo recitals with a variety of instrumental
A great deal of her career has focused on the teaching of singing, beginning
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinic and extending to
faculty appointments at the UW Parkside and the MacPhail Center for the Arts
at the University of Minnesota. At the MacPhail Center she served as chair
of the voice department and initiated a series of Artist Master Classes that
has served as the model for similar programs throughout the country. She has
served two terms are North Central Governor and four years as Minnesota State
Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty in the fall of 2000. She earned
her degree in accompanying and has completed post-graduate studies in opera
coaching/conducting at the University of Southern California. Before arriving
at the UI she taught music history at the Musikhochschule (Music conservatory)
in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. Rhoads has also
been Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater and conductor/coach at the opera
theater in Darmstadt, Germany. She was coach at the Barcelona and Madrid opera
Her accompanying credentials include recitals with Jose Carreras, Luis Lima
and Montserrat Caballe with whom she worked exclusively as coach/accompanist
and orchestrator. She has accompanied master classes with a number of renowned
artists including singer Gerard Souzay, cellist Lynn Harrell and violist William
Primrose, and served as staff accompanist for the Francesco Vinas (Barcelona,
Spain) and Munich International competitions.
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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