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Release: Oct. 11, 2002


Trumpeter David Greenhoe will be joined by his University of Iowa faculty colleagues Shari Rhoads, piano, and David Gier, trombone, for a program of landmark pieces for trumpet, plus one “added bon-bon,” on a free recital at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The program will comprise five works: the Sonata for Trumpet and Piano from 1939 by Paul Hindemith; the Concerto for Trumpet from 1948 by Henri Tomasi; the Sonata for Trumpet and Piano from 1955 by Peter Maxwell Davies; the Concertino for Trumpet and Trombone from 1959 by Jacques Casterede; and “Variations on a theme from ‘Norma’ by Bellini” from the late 1800s by Jean Baptiste Arban.

Greenhoe said his “main purpose in choosing this program is to offer performance of some very important, landmark kinds of pieces for the trumpet. For example, the Hindemith Sonata is one of the most valued and stellar pieces in the trumpet repertoire.

“Of the other works, the Tomasi Concerto is one of the most demanding, virtuosic pieces from the 20th-century French repertoire, the Davies is a short but very intense serial piece from the British composer's early works, and the Arban Variations, a gleaming example of mid- to late-19th century saloon style writing for ‘cornet a pistons’ (cornet with valves) as the instrument was known then.

“The Casterede Concertino doesn’t particularly fit the pattern, but is an added ‘bon-bon’ programmed by virtue of it’s not-frequently-heard status. For brass players familiar with the trombone repertoire, it’s a re-worked version of his trombone Sonatina of 1958 with a few added twists.”

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, a post he has held since 1975.

Prior to coming to Iowa, Greenhoe was a member and soloist of “The President’s Own” -- the United States Marine Band in Washington D.C. -- and a member of the music performance faculty at Ball State University in Indiana. He has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Rochester (N.Y.) Philharmonic and the Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Philharmonic.

Greenhoe graduated from the Eastman School of Music and attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Mich. His principal teachers were Clifford Lillya of the University of Michigan, former Rochester Philharmonic principal trumpet Sidney Mear, and former Philadelphia Orchestra principal trumpet Gilbert Johnson.

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 theaters.

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.

A member of the UI music faculty since August 1995, Gier teaches trombone and brass chamber music and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet. A graduate of Yale and the University of Michigan, he has taught at Baylor University in Waco, Tex., and was principal trombone of the Waco and San Angelo (Tex.) symphony orchestras.

He has performed with numerous professional ensembles, including the New Haven and Hartford symphonies, the New Orchestra of Westchester, Keith Brion’s Peerless Sousa Band, and most recently, the Cedar Rapids and Quad City symphonies. During the summer he serves as principal trombone of the Breckenridge (Colo.) Festival Orchestra.

An active soloist, clinician and adjudicator, Gier has performed and presented workshops at colleges, universities and professional conferences, including the 1998 International Trombone Festival. He is chair of the International Trombone Association’s Competition Contest Committee.

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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