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March 19, 2004

Flutist Tamara Thweatt Presents UI Debut Recital April 1 At UI

Flutist Tamara Thweatt, a recent addition to the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present her campus solo-recital debut, playing both works for solo flute and duos with pianist Alan Huckleberry, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 1 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

Thweatt joined the UI faculty in August of 2003. She appeared in chamber music concerts last fall as a member of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet, an all-faculty ensemble, and in collaboration with her faculty colleague Vokan Orhon, double bass. She also was a soloist with UI Symphony Band in February.

For her April 1 recital Thweatt will play five works:
-- Fantasie in D major by for solo flute by Georg Philip Telemann;
-- Serenade for flute and piano by Albert Woodall;
-- Duo for flute and piano by Aaron Copland;
-- "Tombeau C.P.E." for solo flute, written for Thweatt by John Berners; and
-- Variations on "Trockne Blumen" (Dried blossoms) for flute and piano by Franz Schubert.

"For my first campus solo recital, I am playing a varied program of flute music, covering all periods from the Baroque to 2004," Thweatt said.

"I will begin with one of the 12 fantasies for flute in various keys by Telemann. The Copland and Schubert are very significant duo works, displaying virtuosity on both instruments. The Duo is one of Copland's last works, and the Schubert is one of the few flute works by a significant composer of the Romantic era."

John Berners is an American composer whose works have been played by the Detroit Symphony, the Boston Symphony brass section, the Tanglewood Festival Brass, Kalamazoo Symphony, Brave New Works, the Michigan Chamber Brass and many college ensembles. His music has been recorded by Huckleberry, the Millar Brass Ensemble, and Boston's Old South Brass.

Berners, who is Thweatt's husband, wrote "Tombeau C.P.E." for her this year. The title refers to C.P.E. Bach, one of J.S. Bach's sons who was an important and influential composer in the mid-18th century. Thweatt said that Bach's style is evoked by "wide interval leaps, contrasts of character, and a Baroque style of phrasing and structure, although the intervals and implied harmonies are modern."

Thweatt joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in the fall of 2003. She was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 2000-2002, following the completion of her doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1999. A busy orchestral musician, she has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and many regional ensembles.

As a Fulbright Scholar to England, Thweatt spent a year of intensive study in the studio of Trevor Wye and performed in Fulbright-sponsored recitals in London and Berlin. She also holds a master's degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from Florida State University.

Prior to coming to Iowa, Thweatt served on the faculties of Concordia College in Ann Arbor and the Interlochen Arts Camp. She has an interest in Baroque music, especially the works of J. S. Bach. She has studied the Baroque flute and has performed the solo flute part in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Michigan Chamber Players. She recently performed the Vivaldi C Major Piccolo Concerto with the Pontiac Oakland Symphony and the C.P.E. Bach Flute Concerto in A Major with the Bach Sinfonia. She also enjoys chamber music of all styles and periods, and has performed George Crumb's "Vox Balaenae" (The voice of the whale) at Interlochen.

Huckleberry is an active solo pianist and chamber musician. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and the United States. He is also a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including the first prizes in the German National Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition.

As a chamber musician Huckleberry was the featured pianist at flutist Amy Porter's 2003 summer workshop at the University of Michigan. For the past three summers he has been the faculty chamber music coordinator and faculty pianist for the University of Michigan's All-State program at Interlochen. Prior to his appointment this fall at the UI, Huckleberry taught at the Cologne Conservatory in Germany, the University of Michigan, and at Albion College in Michigan.

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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