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Release: April 23, 2003

UI School Of Music Will Honor Students, Faculty May 5

The University of Iowa School of Music will showcase the winners of its first school-wide Chamber Music Competition at its annual Honors Concert at 8 p.m. Monday, May 5 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

During the concert the School of Music will also honor students who have received 71 named music scholarships for the 2002-03 academic year, along with the retiring faculty members and graduating students from the same period. The concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Mark Weiger, associate director of the School of Music and the coordinator of the Honors Concert, commented, "With the wide variety of small ensembles coached by the brass faculty, woodwind faculty, the piano faculty, voice faculty and the Maia String Quartet, a concert of the top chamber groups seemed the best way to showcase the talent and vast abilities of the more than 500 music majors in our school.

"It's a great pleasure for us to provide a showcase for these outstanding students. It's an opportunity to recognize the great contributions they make to the school, to share their talents with the public and at the same time to provide them with another step toward their development as professional musicians."

The external judges who selected the winning chamber groups were Himie Voxman, former director of the School of Music and emeritus professor of music; William Preucil emeritus professor of viola; and Gregory Morton, a School of Music alumnus who is the manager of the Cedar Rapids Symphony.

Weiger and School of Music director Kristin Thelander will honor Robert Yeats, who will retire at the end of the spring semester after more than 30 years teaching tuba at the School of Music.

The chamber concert program will be:
-- the first movement of the Piano Quartet in , op. 60, by Johannes Brahms, performed by Alla Cross, violin; Giovanna Cruz, cello; Charletta Taylor, viola; and Agnes Wan, piano;
-- Six Bagatelles by Gyorgy Ligeti, performed by Adrienne Dieterich, flute; Laveena Sollenberger, clarinet; Brian Vanderschaaf, oboe; Dan Gould, bassoon; and Amber Johnson, horn;
-- two of the Three Pieces by Eugene Bozza, performed by Joshua Bynum, Brian Conklin, Bryan Hardester and Joseph Moore, trombones;
-- Aria by George Frideric Handel, performed by Brian Vanderschaaf and Jamie Schneider, oboes; Katrina Zebrowski and Sara Rogis, English horns; and Cindy Mickens, bassoon;
-- three movements from the Quartet for Saxophones by Pierre Max Dubois, performed by saxophonists Gina Cole, soprano; Jason Diefenbaugh, alto; Dameon Place, tenor; and Lindsey Loyd, baritone; and
-- operatic scenes performed by the Walker Opera Quartet, David Playfair, baritone; Jamie Bender, mezzo soprano; Quiliano Anderson, tenor; and Tara Warfield, soprano; with Shari Rhoads, piano.

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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