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March 18, 2005

Bassoonist Weisberg Will Give UI Guest Recital April 1

Arthur Weisberg, a bassoonist who literally wrote the book on "The Art of Wind Playing," will present a University of Iowa guest recital at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Weisberg's recital will be free and open to the public. During his visit to the UI campus, Weinberg will also offer a master class to UI bassoon students 9:30-11:30 a.m. April 1 in Harper Hall.

Weisberg's program will include music of Mozart and J.S. Bach.

Weisberg attended the High School of Music and Art in New York and the Juilliard School of Music, majoring in bassoon. He played first bassoon with the Houston and Baltimore Symphonies and second bassoon with the Cleveland Orchestra before returning to New York City to study conducting with Jean Morel. At this time, he was first bassoon with the Symphony of the Air (formerly the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini).

He was bassoonist with the New York Woodwind Quintet for 14 years and has taught at Juilliard, the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Yale University. Weisberg and the New York Philharmonic have recorded George Crumb's "A Haunted Landscape." He has conducted the Milwaukee Symphony and the Sjaellands and Aalborg Symphonies of Denmark.

Weisberg created the Contemporart Chamber Ensemble (CCE) in 1961. While he was the conductor and music director, the CCE toured throughout the United States and the rest of the world, giving more than 100 world premieres. They have several prize-winning recordings to their credit.

He is the author of two books "The Art of Wind Playing" and "Performing 20th Century Music: A Handbook for Conductors and Instrumentalists." He has composed numerous works, and has made several editions for bassoon, including a transcription of the Bach Cello Suites and a set of 15 Etudes for Bassoon in the style of 20th Century music.

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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