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April 7, 2005

UI Symphony Band And Jefferson High Winds Share Concert April 20

The University of Iowa Symphony Band will welcome the Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School Wind Symphony as guests on a free concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.

Myron Welch, UI director bands and the conductor of the UI Symphony Band, said: "We often invite fine area high school bands to perform with the Symphony Band at our spring concert. The Jefferson High School Wind Symphony is an excellent ensemble and has had strong leadership and community support for many years. We are very pleased to have them perform with us in Hancher Auditorium."

The Jefferson High School (JHS) Wind Symphony will play six works, with JHS Director of Bands Thad Driskell and two guest conductors:

--Fanfare for band and antiphonal brass by Fisher Tull.

--"Chorale and Alleluia" by Howard Hanson, conducted by JHS Associate Director of Bands Andrew Houk.

--Edward Gregson's Tuba Concerto, featuring JHS senior Ben Anderson as soloist;

--Samuel Barber's "Sure on This Shining Night."

--"Florentiner," Grand Italian March by Julius Fucik, conducted by Earle Dickinson, former director of bands at JHS.

--"Vesuvius" by Frank Ticheli.

Welch and the UI Symphony Band will play three works:

--"Jubilare!" by John Stevens.

--"Lincolnshire Posy" by Percy Grainger.

--Guy Duker's wind band transcription of the popular orchestral tone poem "The Pines of Rome" by Ottorino Respighi.

The professor of tuba and euphonium and a member of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Steven wrote "Jubilare!" for the Madison Symphony Orchestra to kick off its 75th anniversary season in 2000. He later scored "Jubilare!" for wind ensemble for the Ohio State University Wind Symphony.

Grainger's "Lincolnshire Posy" is one of the classic 20th-century works for band. It is a tribute to English folk songs, treated in Granger's own highly individual style. The six movements, each based on a distinct folk song melody, vary widely in style and instrumental setting. They are: "Lisbon Bay," a lilting sea chantey with four variations; "Horkstow Grange," subtitled "a local tragedy," in a rich instrumental setting; "Rufford Park Poachers," which uses delicate instrumental sounds to evoke the stealth of poachers entering of the park at dawn; a set of whimsical variations on "The Brisk Young Sailor"; a rhythmically complex and powerful setting of the war song "Lord Melbourne"; and an energetic setting of the dance song "Lost Lady Found."

Written in 1924, "The Pines of Rome" is the second of three descriptive tone poems that Respighi wrote on Roman subjects. The others were "The Fountains of Rome," from 1916 and "Roman Festivals" of 1928.

The original program notes for "The Pines of Rome" stated that the composer "uses nature as a point of departure, in order to recall memories and visions. The century-old trees that dominate so characteristically the Roman landscape become testimony for the principal events in Roman life."

The four sections of the colorful score are: "The Pines of the Villa Borghese," which depicts children at play in the grove of trees; "Pines near a Catacomb," which evokes mysterious shadows around an ancient catacomb; "The Pines of the Janiculum," which depicts a nighttime scene, with a full moon shining on the pines and the song of a nightingale; and "The Pines of the Appian Way," which represents the inexorable march of a Roman legion toward Rome's Capitoline Hill.

Welch has been director of bands at the UI since 1980. In addition to conducting the Symphony Band and Chamber Wind Ensemble, Welch coordinates the graduate program in band conducting, and he teaches courses in instrumental methods, conducting and band literature. He was 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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