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Release: April 12, 2004

UI Composers Workshop Will Premiere New Student Works April 18

The Composers Workshop from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert of new student compositions at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 18 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Four works will be performed on the concert:
-- "Cherchons nos . . ." for alto flute and percussion by undergraduate student Andrew Struck-Marcell;
-- "Attention/Release," an electro-acoustic work by masters composition student Evan Kuchar;
-- "Priests of Intellect," an electro-acoustic work by undergraduate Stephen Gliske; and
-- "a/there" for solo flute by undergraduate Anne Guthrie.

Andrew Struck-Marcell writes: "Cherchons nos . . . " is concerned with approaching pitch as more of a subjective continuum than as discrete units in a fixed tuning system. Therefore, the alto flute part contains many vague microtonal indications, and the chimes and pitched wood blocks -- which I built myself -- are tuned to pitches in three different temperaments (tuning systems)."

Originally from the Chicago area, Kuchar received a bachelor's degree in music and French from Augustana College in Illinois. After two years working in inner-city schools in Chicago, he enrolled at the UI in 2003 and is now nearly finished with his first year of graduate study in music composition.

Kuchar writes: " 'Attention/Release' opens and closes with a sense of timelessness, while the middle section develops subtle fluctuations in the surface texture. It was composed in March, 2004."

Stephen Gliske is an undergraduate student at the UI, pursuing degrees in physics, mathematics and music. "Priests of Intellect," his first work for electronic media, makes use of Albert Einstein's Speech "The Goal of Human Existence."

The Composers Workshop is a collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music. It is devoted to the performance of music written at the UI and aims to foster greater co-operation and interplay between composers and performers in the Iowa City area. The workshop is currently directed by Amelia Kaplan, a visiting faculty member in the School of Music and interim director of the Center for New 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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