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Release: Sept. 20, 2002


The University of Iowa student chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc., will present a free concert of new works by UI students at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 in Harper Hall in the UI Voxman Music Building. A reception for the composers will be held outside Harper Hall following the concert.

The Society of Composers, Inc.(SCI) is a professional society dedicated to the promotion, composition, performance, understanding and dissemination of new music. Members include composers and performers both in and outside of academic institutions. In addition to the regional chapters of SCI, a number of colleges and universities around the country also have student chapters.

The UI, which has long been a leader in supporting new composition and performances of new music, has an especially active student chapter. This is partly due to the efforts David Gompper, director of the UI Center for New Music who is on leave for the current year. As president of SCI, Gompper has encouraged the formation of student chapters around the country.

The presentation of concerts of new works is one of the principal activities of student SCI chapters. As James Paul Sain, a composer and faculty advisor to the student chapter at the University of Florida, explained: “a composition is not complete until performed.”

The Oct. 5 concert will feature eight new works, including four world premieres:

-- the premiere of “Andante for Eleven Players,” for a mixed instrumental ensemble by UI graduate student and SCI chapter president, M.B. Jenkins;

-- the premiere of “Till the Stars Fall from the Sky” for horn and piano, part of a larger work by undergraduate Cassandre Ruby;

-- “She said . . .” for tape by graduate student Tohm Judson, the chapter treasurer;

--“Quest fur Wyndenbox” for wind and piano quintet, by undergraduate Stephen V. Gliske;

-- Two Songs for voice and piano by undergraduate Martin McGinn

-- the premiere of “Peel Back the Fresh Layer” by graduate student Jean-Paul Perrotte, vice-president of the UI student chapter;

-- “Two Paths to Truth” for two violins, by graduate student Joseph Dangerfield; and

-- the premiere of “three hundred seventeen,” the first half of a projected two-movement work for solo violin by graduate student Andrew Jasinski, who is secretary of the UI student chapter.

Performances will be by students in the UI School of Music. Faculty advisor for the UI student chapter of SCI is Michael Eckert, a faculty member in music theory and composition.

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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