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University of Iowa News Release

April 15, 2005

UI School Of Music Presents Competition Winners April 28

The University of Iowa School of Music will present its annual Honors Convocation, showcasing winners of the school's chamber music competition, at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 28 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

During the concert the School of Music will also honor approximately 70 students who received named music scholarships for the 2004-05 academic year, along with graduating students from the same period. The concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Mark Weiger, associate director of the School of Music and the coordinator of the Honors Concert, commented, "This event is an arena in which the School of Music can acknowledge our best students in performance and academics, identify and recognize the accomplishments, awards, grants, recordings and publications of our faculty, and give tribute to our any professors who plan to retire.

"The Honors Convocation will feature an awards ceremony within a marvelous concert presentation by the winners of the chamber music competition. The program will include a woodwind quintet, a brass quintet and a quartet for piano and strings, as well as a number of smaller chamber music groups. Nearly all of the performers on the program are scholarship recipients.

"It's a great pleasure for us to provide a showcase for these outstanding students. It's an opportunity to recognize the great contributions they make to the school, to share their talents with the public and at the same time to provide them with another step toward their development as professional musicians."

The final round of the competition takes place before panel of outside judges. This year, the judges were Christine Bellomy, principal clarinet with Cedar Rapids and Quad City symphonies; Sonja Giles, assistant professor of flute at Iowa State University; John Hensen, director of bands at Southeast Middle School in Iowa City; Bernard Amrani, a conductor and cellist who lives in Iowa City; and Russ Lenth, a UI professor of statistics and an accomplished amateur horn player.

The concert program will be:

-- "Stubernic" for three marimbas by Mark Ford;

-- Allegro from the Symphony No. 1 William Boyce, arranged for four flutes by B. Behnke;

-- "Ancia de Fuoco" for two oboes and English horn, by Stuart Breczinski;

-- Suite for woodwind quintet by Leonid Sabaneyev;

-- "La Marche" from "The Monteregion Hills" for brass quintet by Morley Calverts;

-- "Humoresque" for woodwind quintet by Alexander Zemlinsky; and

the Quartet in C minor, op. 60, for piano and strings by Johannes Brahms.

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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