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April 23, 2004

University Of Iowa School Of Music Presents Honors Concert May 6

The University of Iowa School of Music will present its annual Honors Convocation, showcasing winners of the school's chamber music competition, at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 6 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

During the concert the School of Music will also honor the 76 students who received named music scholarships for the 2003-04 academic year, along with graduating students from the same period. The concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Mark Weiger, associate director of the School of Music and the coordinator of the Honors Concert, commented, "This event is an arena in which the School of Music can acknowledge our best students in performance and academics, identify and recognize the accomplishments, awards, grants, recordings and publications of our faculty, and give tribute to our any professors who plan to retire.

"The Honors Convocation will feature an awards ceremony within a marvelous concert presentation by the winners of the chamber music competition. The program will include a brass quintet, a wind trio and sextet, and string duo and trio, and two vocal ensemble works. Nearly all of the performers on the program are scholarship recipients.

"It's a great pleasure for us to provide a showcase for these outstanding students. It's an opportunity to recognize the great contributions they make to the school, to share their talents with the public and at the same time to provide them with another step toward their development as professional musicians."

The winning chamber groups are chosen by a panel of judges. This year, the judges were Himie Voxman, former director of the School of Music and emeritus professor of music; Edward Kottick emeritus professor of musicology; and William LaRue Jones and Gregory Marion from the School of Music faculty.

The chamber concert program will be:
-- the anonymous "Baenkelsaengerlieder" (Ballad-singer songs), arranged for brass quintet;
-- the "Allegro scherzando" movement from Trio IV for flute, oboe and bassoon, by Jurriaan Andriessen;
-- a movement from "Bionic Music" for double-reed sextet by Graham Powning;
-- a vocal quartet from "The Barber of Seville" by Giaocchino Rossini;
-- Duo, op. 7, for violin and cello by Zoltan Kodaly;
-- Trio in B-Flat major, op. 11, for cello, clarinet and piano by Ludwig van Beethoven; and
-- the quintet from Act III of Bizet's "Carmen" -- which is the spring production of the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater, April 30-May 2 in the UI Hancher Auditorium.

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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