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Oct. 15, 2004

UI Alumna Performs 'Important Avant-Garde Works' For Flute Oct. 29

University of Iowa alumna Claudia Anderson will include two of "the most important and finest works" for flute of the past 60 years in a recital with pianist Diane Birr, at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their UI School of Music guest recital will be free and open to the public.

"My approach to the flute as a performer and teacher has always been to seek out the greatest possible range of expression from the instrument," Anderson said. "When programming recitals, I generally include a wide variety of compositional styles and periods and often incorporate piccolo and/or alto flute into the mix.

"This particular program takes a tour of flute repertoire written during roughly the past 60 years -- 1942-2002. Two of our most important and finest works of the (now) historic avant garde, Olivier Messiaen's 'Le Merle Noir' and Luciano Berio's 'Sequenza,' are surrounded by an eclectic group of composers."

The complete program will comprise 10 works, all written since 1942:

-- Sonatine (1942) by Jean Rivier;

-- "Le Merle Noir" (1945) by Messiaen;

-- "Chorale" from Etudes for Solo Flute (1986) by John Heiss;

-- Four Pieces (1975) by Edison Denisov;

-- "Music for Mother Bear" for solo alto flute (1975) by Donald Erb;

-- Prelude and Air (1973) by Denisov;

-- "Sequenza" for solo flute (1958) by Berio;

-- "Eros" (1966) by Roberto Sierra;

-- "Zoom Tube" (1999) by Ian Clarke' and

-- the most recent work, "Souvenirs" for Piccolo and Piano (2002) by Robert Beaser.

Anderson has been praised in the press for her "vast range of sonorities" and "flute playing of the highest echelon." She has performed extensively in the United States, Europe and South America since the early 1970s.

After graduating from the University of Michigan with honors and participating in the world premiere of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass," Anderson went to Italy on a Fulbright scholarship and remained for several years to play principal flute in the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo in Palermo. She received advance degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the UI, where she studied with Betty Bang Mather.

Her participation in many premieres during her career has involved duo collaborations with cello, oboe, and guitar, and presently with Jill Felber as members of the flute duo ZAWA! She and Felber are commissioning and recording new works for two flutes.

Anderson has participated in the National Flute Association as performer at seven national conventions; as adjudicator for the Chamber Music, Professional Performers, Newly-Published Music, High School Soloist and Young Artist Competitions; and as coordinator for the Chamber Music Competition from 1993 to 1998.

She has held teaching positions at the UI, Grinnell College, University of Northern Iowa, Ithaca College and the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has recorded for the Centaur, Golden Crest and CRI labels.

Birr is currently associate professor of piano at Ithaca College in New York and a former member of the music faculty of the University of Northern Iowa. She has collaborated with a number of major artists in recitals and master classes throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, France, Scotland, Austria and Norway. She served as official accompanist for Music Teachers National Association national competitions, International Brass Congress, International Horn Society Workshop and the International Trombone Festival.

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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