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Release: Nov. 8, 2002


(Name) of (hometown) has been selected to play in the string section of the University of Iowa Symphony for the 2002-03 season.

(Name), a (class standing) at the UI, plays in the (instrument) section of the orchestra. The string section includes 52 students from 13 states and three foreign countries.

String players audition each fall for the chance to play in the University Symphony. Wind players, who often perform with the university wind ensembles as well as the orchestra, are rotated in and out of the orchestra from concert to concert, depending on the works programmed for each date.

The orchestra, conducted by William LaRue Jones, will present the Signature Series of five major concerts in Hancher Auditorium this year, as well as free concerts on campus and on tour in Iowa. The season opened Sept. 18 with “Voyage,” an interplanetary voyage in music that included “Krypton” by Cedar Rapids native Michael Daugherty and “The Planets” by Gustave Holst.

The next concert by the University Symphony will be a free concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Clapp Recital Hall.

Remaining concerts in the Signature Series -- all held at 8 p.m. in Hancher Auditorium -- will be:

--Wednesday, Dec. 4: “The Great Brahms Requiem,” performed with university choral groups under the direction of Timothy Stalter;

--Wednesday, Feb. 26: “The French Legacy: Celebrating Berlioz’s 200th Birthday,” featuring “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Paul Dukas; “Elegy” by Gabriel Faure, with cellist Anthony Arnone; and Berlioz’s “Symphony Fantastique”; and

--Wednesday, April 23: “Experience Mahler,” featuring the Lenore Overture No. 3 of Beethoven and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with soprano Rachel Joselson.

General seating ticket prices for the concerts in the Signature Series are $7 for general admission ($5 for seniors and $3 for UI students and youth). Tickets are available from the Hancher Auditorium Box Office.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher’s website:< >.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: <>.

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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NOTE TO EDITORS: Receipt of this release indicates that a student from your community or readership area is a member of the string section of the 2002-2003 University Symphony. Students’ names are listed below, alphabetically by hometown, with Iowa hometowns listed first. After each hometown name, the listing provides each student’s name, class standing at the UI, and the instrument the student plays in the orchestra. Please note that these listings are based on information provided by the students; some listings may not be complete. Editors are also advised to check the hometown listings of all communities in their region.


AMES: Ryan Kratsch, junior, cello

BETTENDORF: Jason Walter, junior, violin

BURLINGTON: Ryan Daly, sophomore, viola; Evan Pratt, freshman, violin

CEDAR FALLS: Amanda Brown, sophomore, violin

CEDAR RAPIDS: Alla Cress, graduate, violin; Catherine Miller, senior, violin; Theresa Sonnleitner, junior, violin

DAVENPORT: Mark Awad, graduate, cello; Alexis Pollitz, freshman, viola

DES MOINES: Laura Spitler, sophomore, bass

DUBUQUE: Richard Kirkendall, junior, viola; Will Roseliep, junior, cello

INDIANOLA: Jay Fotte, graduate, bass

IOWA CITY: Amy Phelps-Amrani, graduate, cello; Julie Bender, freshman, cello; Sarah Covington, junior, cello; Giovanna Cruz, graduate, cello; Josue¢ Jean-Francois, graduate, violin; Heather Gozdan, graduate, clarinet; Matthew Hare, graduate, bass; Kathryn Langguth, junior, cello; Margaret Licon, graduate, violin; Erika Lord, senior, violin; Amanda Owings, freshman, cello; Megan Smith, freshman, viola; Tim Zeithamel, junior, viola

MARION: Julia McHugh, sophomore, violin

NORTH LIBERTY: Laura Goddard, freshman, viola

URBANDALE: Libby Hollingsworth, junior, viola


MOBILE: Jennifer Herrera, sophomore, violin


LITTLETON: Andrew Brown, freshman, cello


LILBURN: Kelly Wilks, graduate, cello


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS: Erich Herz, freshman, violin

BARTLETT: Cassandre Ruby, sophomore, violin

BATAVIA: Helen Bogda, sophomore, violin

LINCOLNWOOD: Anita Kaimal, freshman, violin

STERLING: Shandra Feldthouse, graduate, clarinet


EVANSVILLE: Lauren Flittner, senior, viola


MAPLEWOOD: Anne Guthrie, sophomore, horn

ROBBINSDALE: Sarah Mimick, junior, violin

ST. CLOUD: Elisa Ewing, junior, viola


KANSAS CITY: Karl Pedersen, junior, violin


KEARNEY: Tami Dennis, graduate, viola

OMAHA: Tracey Harbert, junior, bass


POUGHKEEPSIE: Kevin Franca, junior, bass


MINOT: Christina Mixemong, graduate, viola


NORMAN: Joyce Kelley, graduate, cello


RIVERTON: Michael Lange, junior, bass