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Dec. 1, 2003

UI Trombonist David Gier Presents Concert Dec. 9

David Gier, trombone faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be assisted by a number of his colleagues when he presents a free concert of chamber music with trombone at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Appearing with Gier -- in a variety of instrumental combinations -- will be David Greenhoe, trumpet; Shari Rhoads, piano; Mark Weiger, oboe; Maurita Murphy Mead, clarinet; Volkan Orhan, double bass; and Dan Moore, percussion.

"The recital is comprised of works that I will be recording, and they explore the trombone as a solo and accompanimental voice in rather unusual small, mixed instrumentations," Gier explained.

"One of the motivating factors for putting this program together was having an opportunity to work with my wonderful colleagues. The enormous difficulties in coordinating busy schedules almost swallowed up the project, but I think we will get it to the stage in good shape," he said. "We will reprise several pieces that have been played on the Clapp Hall stage in the past few years, and add a couple of new pieces as well."

The complete program will be:
-- Divertimento for trumpet, trombone and piano by Boris Blacher, which Gier previously played on a UI faculty recital in 1996;
-- "Toot tooT" for trumpet, trombone and piano, composed in 2001 by Frank Stemper from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, one of the new pieces on the program;
-- Trio for oboe, trombone and piano by Ronald Roseman, which Gier played on a recital two years ago; and
-- the Concertino for trumpet, trombone and piano by Jacques Casterede, which was programmed on Greenhoe's faculty recital in October 2002.

The performance of "Toot tooT" will be an Iowa premiere, since Gier, Greenhoe and Rhoads gave the world premiere last year at the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

"Stemper's piece is funny, provocative and entertaining," Gier says. "It begins in a very mechanized style, with the 'toot-toot' sounds one hears from very large, industrial vehicles or sea-going vessels. It morphs into a wonderfully expressive, jazz-influenced middle section with meandering, muted lines an improvising club musician might make. As you might expect, the smoky atmosphere is ultimately interrupted."

Gier is currently associate professor at the UI, where he teaches trombone and brass chamber music and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet. Before moving to Iowa, Gier served for six years on the faculty of Baylor University in Waco, Tex.

An active soloist, clinician and adjudicator, Gier has performed and presented at numerous colleges, universities and professional conferences, including the International Trombone Festival, the Eastern Trombone Workshop, the Texas Trombone Symposium and the Illinois State Trombone Workshop. In the fall of 2002 Gier presented recitals at the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and he taught trombonists at Yale University and Boston University during a week-long residency.

Gier began his professional career in New England as a member of the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra New England. He was also instructor of trombone and low brass at Choate-Rosemary Hall and Central Connecticut State University, and performed with numerous professional ensembles, including the New Haven and Hartford Symphony Orchestras, the New Orchestra of Westchester and Keith Brion's Peerless Sousa Band. Gier is currently principal trombonist of the Quad City Symphony and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater.

As a chamber musician, Gier performed throughout the northeast as a member of the Slide Chamber Players, a trombone quartet. The ensemble was a quarter-finalist in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and prize-winners in the Shoreline Alliance for the Arts Chamber Music Competition. The SCP actively promoted new music, and it premiered works at the Manhattan Brass Symposium, the New York Brass Conference and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art.

Gier spends summers with his family on Colorado, where he recently completed his 12th season as principal trombone of the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Yale University, where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1992.

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.

Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty as opera coach and diction teacher in the fall of 2000. Before arriving at the UI she taught music history at the Music conservatory in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. Rhoads has also been Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater and was conductor and coach at the opera theater in Darmstadt, Germany, and the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Spain. Her accompanying credentials include recitals with Jose Carreras, Luis Lima and Montserrat Caballe.

Since coming to Iowa in 1988, Weiger has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, Austria, France and Italy, presented two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, been a finalist in nine international competitions, won First Prize in the Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition (NY) and presented numerous solo recitals. He is a founding member of the double reed quartet WiZARDS!, which has released three CDs to critical acclaim, toured 18 states and presented educational residence programs throughout the West and Midwest.

Mead is in her 19th year teaching clarinet on the faculty of the UI School of Music. Her many solo invitations have included International Clarinet Association conferences, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the Southeastern Clarinet Workshop and the conference of the College Band Directors National Association. She has been principal clarinet of several Midwestern orchestras, including the Cedar Rapids Symphony. As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Cleveland Quartet and other ensembles.

Orhon's professional career spans a wide variety of solo, orchestral and chamber music performing and teaching across the country and around the world. He has played with internationally recognized musicians including double bassist Gary Karr and the Emerson String Quartet. He has performed as soloist with orchestras across the country. In addition to his solo playing, he has been a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and the Connecticut Opera Orchestra, and he has performed as a freelance musician throughout New England.

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." As a soloist he 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.

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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