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Oct. 17, 2003

Iowa Woodwind Quintet Will Introduce Its Newest Member Oct. 26

The Iowa Woodwind Quintet will introduce its newest member -- flutist Tamara Thweatt -- at its first University of Iowa concert of the 2003-04 season, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The performance will be free and open to the public.

A faculty ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, the quintet also features oboist Mark Weiger, clarinetist Maurita Murphy Mead, bassoonist Benjamin Coelho and horn player Kristin Thelander. Thweatt, who joined the UI faculty in August, takes the position held for many years by Betty Bang Mather, and more recently by Tadeu Coelho and Robert Dick.

The program for the Oct. 26 concert will feature five works: The Quartet No. 1 in D minor by Louis Emmanuel Jadin; Variations on a Folksong, "Mein Junges Leben hat ein End" (My young life is at an end) by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, arranged for woodwind quintet by Ernest Lubin; Sonatina: "Vier Peppis fuer Josef" (Four Peppis for Joseph), composed in 1995 by Johannes Holik; the Sonata a 4 by Johann Friedrich Fasch; and the "Pastoral Quartet" of Friedrich Gustav Lange.

Jadin, born in 1768 in Versailles, belonged to a family of musicians at the French royal court. By the age of 20 his compositions were being performed by the Concert Spirituel, an important concert series in Paris, where he also appeared as a pianist. By 1796 he became a professor at the Paris Conservatory where he taught until his retirement in 1802. At his death in 1853 he left a large number of works including operas, masses, songs, concertos, chamber music for winds and strings and piano music. Written for flute, oboe d'amore, horn and bassoon, his Quartet in D minor is part of a set of three quartets.

Like Jadin, Sweelinck was born into a prominent musical family: his father, grandfather and uncle were all organists in the Netherlands. Sweelinck served from 1580 until his death in 1621 as organist at the Oude Kerk (Old church) in Amsterdam, where he was renowned as a teacher, composer and performer. His variations on the Dutch folk song "Mein Junges Leben hat ein End" is considered one of the greatest works for the organ before J.S. Bach.

Born in 1961 in Vienna, Holik has composed since the age of six and has completed more than 180 works. His Sonatine "Four Peppis for Josef" was written in 1996 for his friend Josef Bednarik, whose nickname is "Peppi," and his colleagues in the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. The four movements vary considerably in style, from the first, which pits a rich harmony and angular melodic manner reminiscent of the German composer Paul Hindemith against a much lighter sound, to the bluesy second movement, to the dark and angular final "Peppi."

Born in 1688, Fasch traveled throughout Europe as a performer and composer at a very young age and was Kapellmeister at the court of Zerbst by 1722. He is credited with more than 300 works. Although he belongs firmly in the Baroque period, his impressive 90-year life-span reached from the Baroque to early Classical. The Sonata a 4, originally written for violin, oboe, horn and basso continuo, exemplifies the Baroque tradition with its four dance-style movements, ripeness for ornamentation and pairing of unique instrumental sonorities. The Iowa Woodwind Quintet will perform an arrangement for flute, oboe, horn and bassoon.

Norwegian by birth, Lange was a professor of violin at the Stockholm Conservatory during the 19th century. He wrote a method for violin and numerous works for piano, as well as for violin and for voice. The "Pastoral Quartet," written in 1880, was originally scored for two oboes, English horn and bassoon, but, its rich sonorities and Romantic melodies are better showcased by a more typical 19th-century instrumental combination of flute, oboe, horn and bassoon. Lange wrote poetically about the work, "I listened to the sounds of the woods. I heard the song of birds; after a long, long time, I finally wrote this down."

Thweatt was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 2000-2002, following the completion of her doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1999. A busy orchestral musician, she has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and many regional ensembles.

As a Fulbright Scholar to England, Thweatt spent a year of intensive study in the studio of Trevor Wye and performed in Fulbright-sponsored recitals in London and Berlin. She also holds a masters degree from Northwestern University and a bachelors degree from Florida State University.

Prior to coming to the UI, Thweatt served on the faculties of Concordia College in Ann Arbor and the Interlochen Arts Camp. She has an interest in Baroque music, especially the works of J. S. Bach. She has studied the Baroque flute and has performed the solo flute part in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Michigan Chamber Players. She recently performed the Vivaldi C Major Piccolo Concerto with the Pontiac Oakland Symphony and the C.P.E. Bach Flute Concerto in A Major with the Bach Sinfonia. She also enjoys chamber music of all styles and periods, and has performed George Crumb's "Vox Balaenae" (The voice of the whale) at Interlochen.

The Iowa Woodwind Quintet has been in existence at the UI School of Music since about 1932.

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 and won First Prize in the Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition (NY). The first oboist to serve as an Artistic Ambassador through the U.S. Information Agency, Weiger performed recitals in Nepal, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan and Sri Lanka. He has recorded for the CRS, Crystal, Chandos and Centaur CD labels.

Mead has performed by invitation at 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. She had made several recordings, including two CDs of Brazilian choros with pianist Rafael Dos Santos, a UI alumnus.

Thelander joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989 and was elected director of the School of Music in 2000. Active as soloist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, South Korea and the People's Republic of China. As a guest artist she performed a solo with the Chinese National Opera Orchestra for the opening concert of the International Horn Symposium held in Beijing in July, 2000. During the summer she performs with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Ore.

Benjamin Coelho has worked extensively as performer and teacher of bassoon, in both the United States and his native Brazil. He was a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, with whom he played a sold-out concert in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. He has played with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and the Grupo de Musica Contemporanea of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He taught bassoon at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, where he served as the elected vice-dean of the School of Music.

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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