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April 8, 2004

Iowa Brass Quintet Presents ‘Typical’ Concert April 21

The Iowa Brass Quintet from the University of Iowa School of Music will present "a typical IBQ program" -- in the words of one member -- at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

The Iowa Brass Quintet (IBQ), a resident faculty ensemble at the UI School of Music, performs on the UI campus each semester and for schools, universities, civic concert associations and professional meetings throughout the United States. Its current members are David Greenhoe and Barbara Deur, trumpets; Jeff Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; and David Spies, tuba. They will be assisted on the concert by trombonist Josh Bynum, a graduate student in the UI School of Music.

The program for the April 21 concert features four pieces:
--"Prelude and Fugue on the Name BACH," BWV 898, by JS Bach, transcribed for brass quintet by W. F. Mills.
--"St. Vitus' Dance," composed in 2003 by David Dzubay.
--"Bagatelles for Brass" from 1992 by John Addison.
--"Music for Brass Instruments" from 1944 by Ingolf Dahl.

"This is a typical IBQ program, with a combination of diverse styles and periods that we usually aim for," Gier commented. "It includes a transcription of an older piece -- the Bach; a staple of our repertoire -- the Dahl; an older piece originally written for brass quintet, but not often played -- the Addison; and a very new piece -- the Dzubay, composed in 2003."

Founded in the early 1950s, the IBQ has been widely acclaimed for its artistry in the performance of music of all periods and premieres of new compositions. The quintet's CD "Americana: A University of Iowa Celebration" features works by composers associated with the UI, either as faculty or students in the School of Music, or whose works have been favorites of the group over the years. It was released as part of the celebration of the UI Sesquicentennial in 1997.

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 is active as a soloist and recitalist. During summer seasons he performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta, a post he has held since 1975.

Deur is a member of the Quad Cities Symphony and has been a trumpet instructor at UI. She has performed widely as a soloist and clinician, has been principal trumpet of the Des Moines Symphony and has been a member of the Cedar Rapids Symphony.

Gier came to the UI in August 1995. He has taught at Baylor University and Central Connecticut State University. He began his professional career in New England as a member of the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony and Orchestra New England. He has performed with numerous professional ensembles, including the New Haven, Hartford, Waco and San Angelo symphonies, and Keith Brion's Peerless Sousa Band. He is currently principal trombone of the Breckenridge (Colo.) Festival Orchestra.

Agrell joined the UI School of Music faculty in 2000 after a 25-year career as symphony musician. At the UI he teaches horn, directs the Horn Choir and coaches chamber music in addition to performing with the IBQ. Before coming to Iowa, he was associate principal horn with the Lucerne (Switzerland) Symphony Orchestra 1975-2000, playing symphonic music, opera, operetta, ballet, musicals choral music and chamber music.

Spies is an active performer and teacher. In addition to numerous solo recitals, he has performed with the Fort Worth, Shreveport, Richardson, New Haven and Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestras, the Dallas Wind Symphony and the U.S. Coast Guard Band. A freelance musician in Dallas-Fort Worth for nearly a decade, he has performed with popular artists including Kenny Wayne Shepherd, LeAnn Rimes, Roy Clark and James Taylor. An active chamber musician as well, Spies has performed with the New York Woodwind Quintet, Meridian Arts Ensemble and the Canadian Brass.

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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