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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 24, 2003

Midwest Composers Forum Brings Concerts Of New Music To UI Nov. 7-8

A longstanding tradition of musical co-operation among five Midwestern universities will bring a two-day celebration of new music to the University of Iowa campus Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7 and 8.

For nearly 50 years the Midwest Composers Symposium has been an important link for student and faculty composers at the five schools: the UI, Indiana University, the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan and the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. The symposium meets by turns at one of the member institutions for two days of concerts by student composers.

During this year's meeting, hosted by the UI School of Music, a total of five concerts will be open to the public free of charge:
-- a concert of works for larger performing ensembles, including orchestra, band and chorus, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Clapp Recital Hall; and
--four concerts of solo, chamber and electronic works performed by students, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, also in Clapp Recital Hall.

The opening concert in Clapp Recital Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday will open with "Strange Paradise" by Rafael Hernandez, a doctoral student in composition at Indiana University, performed by the University of Iowa Symphony Band conducted by UI Director of Bands Myron Welch.

The University of Michigan will be represented by Alexis Bacon's "Samba," with the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra conducted by doctoral student Enaldo Oliveira.

The UI Kantorei under the direction of UI Director of Choral Activities Timothy Stalter will sing "Excellent Cadavers" for women's chorus and piano four-hands by UI composition student Andrew Jasinski.

The two remaining works on the Friday program, "Sleeping Dogs Lie" by Clara Latham of Oberlin College, and "Contact" by Brad Decker of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be performed by ensembles from those two music schools; Decker's piece, for 17 players, will receive its first performance.

Each concert on Saturday will include compositions from each of the five member schools. The UI will be represented by songs by Scott Shoemaker and Andrew Struck-Marcell, a choral piece by Stephen Gliske, a piano work by Joseph Dangerfield and electronic pieces by Thom Judson Scott and Evan Kuchar.

The Midwest Composers Symposium serves as a workshop for the mounting of contemporary music and engages student performers in collaboration with student composers. The 2003-04 meeting has been coordinated by Michael Eckert, a faculty member in music theory and composition in the UI 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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