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April 21, 2004

Philharmonia And All-University Strings Play Year-End Concert May 8

The Philharmonia chamber orchestra and All-University String Orchestra (AUSO) from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be under the direction of four graduate students in the conducting program of the School of Music: Jeremy Starr, Valdir Claudino, Enaldo Oliveira and Jason Hooper.

The Philharmonia Orchestra and the All-University String Orchestra are part of the orchestra program of the UI School of Music, which includes the University Symphony and three chamber orchestras. William LaRue Jones is director of orchestral studies at the UI School of Music.

The first portion of the program will be presented by the AUSO:

--Giovanni Gabrieli's Canzona for two string orchestras, conducted by Jeremy Starr.

--"No Balanco da Bossa," a medley of songs by Brazilian composer Tom Jobim, arranged for strings by Herminio de Almeida and conducted by Valdir Claudino.

--The Aria from "Bachianas Brasileiras" No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, arranged by John Krance and conducted by Enaldo Oliveira.

--The Divertimento K136 by W.A Mozart, conducted by Jason Hooper.

After intermission, the Philharmonia Orchestral will play three pieces:

--Beethoven's Overture to "Egmont," conducted by Jason Hooper.

--"Danses sacree et profane" (Sacred and profane dances) for harp and strings by Claude Debussy, conducted by Valdir Claudino and featuring harp soloist Sarah Thrush.

--"Royal Fireworks Music" by George Frideric Handel, conducted by Jeremy Starr.

A native of Brazil, Claudino received a bachelor's degree in double bass from the University of Belo Horizonte and a master's degree from the UI. In 2003 he returned to Iowa to pursue his doctorate in double bass with Volkan Orhon and master's in conducting with Jones. He has been principal bass player with several orchestras in Brazil. His teaching career began in 1987 at Sesiminas high school, where he served also as an arranger and conductor. Since 2000 he has been invited as a teacher and soloist by the Brazilian Association of Bassists and the Campos dos Goitacazes music festival.

Oliveira has a bachelor's degree in violin performance from Santa Marcelina College in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a master's degree from Sao Paulo University. He served as string coordinator at Tom Jobim Music University and as pedagogical coordinator of the Guri Project for the Cultural State Secretary of Sao Paulo. He is a doctoral candidate in orchestral conducting at the UI, where he studies with Jones. Since 2003, he has been manager of the University of Iowa Orchestras and co-director of the All-University String Orchestra. He recently became music director of the Saint Ambrose University Community Symphony Orchestra and music director for the Greater Cedar Rapids Youth Symphony Orchestras.

Starr cams to the UI after conducting an all-community strings orchestra in his native town of Emporia, Kan. He received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, where he served as concertmaster of the Philharmonic Orchestra. While in Utah, he played in the first violin section of the Orchestra on Temple Square, the performing and recording volunteer orchestra for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. During the summers of 2002 and 2003, he led the Idyllwild Festival Orchestra as concertmaster and has spent the last year playing in the Wichita Symphony.

Hooper is completing his first year at the UI after transferring from the School of Music at Oklahoma State University. There, he studied conducting with Richard Prior while teaching lessons in the horn studio, teaching undergraduate music theory and serving as the associate conductor of the Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra. Hooper also headed the student chamber recitals and conducted ensembles in the student composers' concert. He received a bachelor's degree in horn performance from Oklahoma State in 2003. At the UI he is studying orchestral conducting with Jones in the master's degree program.

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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