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Sept. 24, 2004

UI Symphony Band Performs Oct. 6, Featuring Bassoonist Coelho

The University of Iowa Symphony Band will present a program of arrangements and transcriptions of works originally written for other media -- plus a concerto originally written for bassoon and winds, played by UI faculty member Benjamin Coelho -- at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of Myron Welch, will be free and open to the public.

The sole piece on the program to be performed in its original medium will be the Concerto for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble by Dutch composer Bernard van Beurden, performed by Coelho with a small ensemble of 12 wind soloists from the Symphony Band plus a percussion battery of six players.

A native of Amsterdam, van Beurden has been an active part of the Dutch new music scene for many years. He has visited the United States as a guest conductor and composer, and wrote the Concerto for Bassoon for the Northern Iowa Wind Symphony and the University of Northern Iowa's bassoon professor, David Rachor.

The remainder of the program is designed to showcase the Symphony Band's versatility as it plays works colorfully transcribed from a variety of different original media. Each of the works is highly colorful in its original medium, and will be performed in a version that exploits the colors and capabilities of the wind instruments.

The arranged and transcribed works on the program are:
-- the Finale from the Symphonic Poem "Mazeppa," a 19th-century orchestral showpiece by Franz Liszt, arranged for the Patrick S. Gilmore Band by John Kindig;
-- the "Presentation of the Silver Rose" from the opera "Der Rosenkavalier" by Richard Strauss, arranged for band by Alfred Reed;
-- Selections from "The Danserye," a collection of Renaissance dances by Tielman Susato, arranged for the modern concert band by Patrick Dunnigan;
-- "La Procession Du Rocio," a descriptive and evocative orchestral score by Joaquin Turina, transcribed for band by Alfred Reed;
-- "Sensemaya," a complex and spectacular orchestral score by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, arranged for band by Frank Bencriscutto; and
-- "Molly on the Shore," Percy Grainger's setting of a traditional Irish reel from County Cork.

Coelho has worked extensively as performer and teacher of bassoon, in both the United States and his native Brazil. He was a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, with whom he played a sold-out concert in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. The quintet won various chamber music competitions including Artists International, Coleman and Monterey Peninsula chamber music competitions. As a soloist, Coelho has played recitals and concertos in Brazil, the United States, Canada and Portugal.

In Brazil, Coelho has played principal bassoon with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, the Grupo de Musica Contemporanea of Minas Gerais and the Gramado Woodwind Quintet. He taught bassoon at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, where he served as the elected vice-dean of the School of Music.

Coelho started studying bassoon at the age of 10 at the Tatui Conservatory in his native Brazil. He graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Purchase and received a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He is currently completing a doctorate at Indiana University.

Welch has been director of bands at the UI since 1980. In addition to conducting the Symphony Band and Chamber Wind Ensemble, Welch teaches courses in instrumental methods and conducting, and is coordinator of the Iowa Honor Band. He was recently named a Collegiate Fellow in the UI College of Liberal Arts in recognition of years of distinguished teaching, research and service to the college.

Prior to joining the UI faculty Welch was director of bands and coordinator of music education at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Michigan State University and a doctorate in music education from the University of Illinois.

Welch is past president of the American Bandmasters Association, the Big 10 Band Directors Association and the Iowa Bandmasters Association. He is a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician with bands throughout 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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