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Sept. 19, 2003

Trumpet-Piano Duo Will Present UI Guest Recital Oct. 2

Equinox, a duo featuring trumpeter Denver Dill and pianist Rebecca Wilt, will present a free guest recital at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

The duo, which is dedicated to performing, commissioning and expanding the literature for trumpet and piano, will perform several recent works and arrangements on their recital. The complete program will feature six works:
-- "Im Stile von Albeniz" (In the style of Albeniz) by Rodion Shchedrin;
-- "Masks" by Dana Wilson;
-- "Icras Wept" by James Mobberly;
-- the Gavotte from "Troisieme Suite Ancienne" (Third suite in the ancient style) by Isaac Albeniz;
-- the Sonata by Peter Maxwell Davies; and
-- "Carinhoso" by Brazilian composer Pixinguinha, arranged by Raimundo Penaforte

Since its conception in 2001, Equinox has played numerous concerts throughout the United States and Europe, including several international and national trumpet competitions. Performing and giving classes at universities and community concert series, Equinox programs concerts designed to challenge listeners and educate audiences.

Dill has received praise for numerous performances as a trumpet soloist throughout the United States and Europe. He has been a prizewinner in several competitions, including the 2000 Maurice Andre International Trumpet Competition in France, 2002 Tromp Muziek Biennale International Trumpet Competition in the Netherlands and the 2001-2003 National Trumpet Competitions in the United States.

Equinox is currently on a tour of the Midwest. Future engagements include a tour of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky in January of 2004. The duo will record their first album, "Composers of Our Time, "in 2004.

Dill was a featured soloist at the 2002 Focus! Music Festival and the 2003 Jerome L. Greene Memorial Concert in Alice Tully Hall, and he was trumpet soloist in a performance of Shostakovich's Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra at the 2002 Aspen Music Festival. Currently a doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music, Dill holds a master's degree from the Juilliard School and a bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

Wilt is rapidly receiving national and international recognition as a virtuoso collaborative pianist. She has worked with many of the leading brass and wind players in the United States and Europe, as well as the widely recognized singers Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Jennifer Lane, Stuart Neill, Ian Partridge and Cheryl Studer. She recorded the disc "An American Portrait" with trumpeter with James Thompson, and her second disc, "Something Old, Something New," to be recorded in the spring of 2004, will comprise music for brass quintet and piano or organ.

She has accompanied for competitions and organizations around the world, including the International Trumpet Guild Conference, the International Trombone Association, the International Horn Society, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Falcone International Tuba and Euphonium Competition, the International Women's Brass Conference and the National American Choral Director's Convention. Formerly the head of accompanying at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the director of the collaborative piano and vocal coaching program at Central Michigan University, Wilt is currently artist-in-residence at Messiah College in Grantham, Penn., and coordinator of accompanying at the Lake Placid International Summer Music Seminars in Lake Placid, NY.

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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