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March 19, 2004

Marc Dickman Presents Euphonium Concert At UI April 1

Marc Dickman, euphonium player and associate professor of jazz studies and low brass at the University of North Florida, will present a guest performance at the University of Iowa School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1 in Harper Hall on the UI Voxman Music Building.

During his UI visit, Dickman will also present a master class at 10 a.m. Friday, April 2, in Room 2050 of the Voxman Music Building. Although performance spots are reserved for students in the Low Brass studio of the University of Iowa, attendance is free and open to the public.

Dickman's concert program will range from solo recital pieces to jazz. He will be assisted on the concert by pianist Marcelina Turcanu, a doctoral student in the UI School Music; tubist David Spies from the School of Music faculty; and the rhythm section from the UI Johnson County Landmark jazz band. Their performance will be free and open to the public.

The euphonium is the tenor-voiced member of the brass choir. Sometimes known as the baritone horn, it has approximately the same range as the trombone, filling the space between the tuba on the low end of the range and the horn and trumpets above. An infrequent solo or jazz instrument, the euphonium has a strong advocate in Dickman, who has established a reputation in both fields.

The first half of his program will feature five recital pieces for the euphonium:
-- Andante and Allegro by J. Edouard Barat, played by Dickman and Turcanu;
-- Sonata No. 6, originally for cello and keyboard by Antonio Vivaldi, performed on euphonium and piano by Dickman and Turcanu;
-- "Le fleur que tu m'avais jet" (Don Jose's flower song) from "Carmen" by Georges Bizet, performed by Dickman and Turcanu;
-- Morceau de Concert, op. 94, by Camille Saint-Saens, performed by Dickman and Turcanu; and
-- Selections from French Suite No. 2, originally for keyboard by J.S. Bach, performed by Dickman and Spies.

After intermission, Dickman will perform a set of jazz standards with the rhythm section from the UI Johnson County Landmark jazz band.

Dickman holds degrees from Troy State University, McNeese State University and the University of North Texas. His versatility on euphonium, trombone, bass-trombone and tuba in the classical and jazz styles places him in much demand in the Southeastern United States. He won the Artist Division of the International Leonard Falcone Competition in 1990. He is principal euphonium with the St. John's River City Band, and trombonist with the River City Swing Orchestra. He performed on bass trombone with the One O'Clock Lab Band while a student at the University of North Texas.Ê

Dickman was a featured jazz artist at the 2000 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference (ITEC) in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, the 2001 ITEC in Lahti, Finland and the 2002 ITEC in Greensboro, N.C. He is a founding member of the groundbreaking jazz ensemble, the Modern Jazz Tuba Project, which has two critically acclaimed CDs; "Live From the Bottom Line" and "Favorite Things." He is featured with the Swamp Dog Jazz Band on "Home and Keepin' Out of Mischief Now."

Dickman is a Yamaha Performing Artist. His appearance at the UI is made possible in part by a grant from the Yamaha Corporation.

Spies teaches euphonium and tuba, coaches brass chamber music and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet as a visiting faculty member at the UI School of Music. Spies previously served for seven years on the faculty of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, during which time he also taught at Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Spies is an active performer and teacher throughout the United States. In addition to numerous solo recitals, he has performed with the Milwaukee, Cedar Rapids, Fort Worth, Shreveport, Richardson, New Haven and Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestras, Dallas Wind Symphony and 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.

A native of Moldavia, Turcanu gave her first public recital at the age of eight and at 12 performed Mozart's D-minor Piano Concerto with the Kishinev Philharmonic Orchestra. She graduated from Kishinev and Bucharest Conservatories with highest honors. To further her teaching career she was given the opportunity to assist major teachers at the St. Petersburg, Kiev and Moscow conservatories. She is currently a student of Uriel Tsachor in the UI School of Music.

Turcanu is a winner of numerous national and international piano competitions including the Dinu Lipatti International Piano Competition and the Tallin International Piano Competition, and she received the prestigious Prince De Lambrino Award in 1997. In 2000 she was awarded the first prize in the Art Song Competition in Ohio. She has appeared in recitals and concerto performances throughout the former Soviet Union, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Scandinavia, Germany and the United States.

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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