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Sept. 29, 2005

Corwell Will Perform Guest Euphonium Recital At UI Oct. 11

Neal Corwell, a member of "Pershing's Own" U.S. Army Band, will present a program of his own compositions and arrangements for euphonium, featuring music from the Baroque to the avant-garde, at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Harper Hall of the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

The performance will be free and open to the public.

All of the works on the program involve Corwell playing the euphonium -- a relative of the tuba that plays in the tenor range -- with electronic and/or pre-recorded accompaniments. One piece will make use of live electronic sound processing. The diverse program features music from J.S. Bach to Corwell's avant-garde original composition to arrangements of other classical and traditional pieces.

The complete program will be:

--Allegro from the Brandenburg Concerto No, 3 by J.S. Bach, arranged by Corwell.

--Corwell's "Fantasy on 'Night'" and "2AM."

--"Hungarian Hallucination," Corwell's arrangement of music by Franz Liszt.

--"House of the Rising Sun."

--"Venetian Carnival Animals," by Camille Saint-Saens by way of Corwell.

Corwell, having previously served from 1981-89 as featured soloist with "Pershing's Own," the U.S. Army's premier band stationed in Washington D.C., recently rejoined the band and is now once again playing euphonium as a member of the armed services.

During the intervening years in the civilian world, he earned his doctorate in music from the University of Maryland and made his living as a freelance musician, appearing overseas and across the United States as guest euphonium solo artist and composer at numerous events each year. Corwell was also an adjunct faculty member at both Frostburg State University and Shepherd College, teaching low brass and electronic music.

Corwell remains active as a performer, frequently presenting solo recitals and master classes in addition to his musical activities with "Pershing's Own." Several of his compositions and performances have been included on recent recordings released by Mark Records, Crystal Records, RJR Digital, TRYFAN, HRS and Nicolai Music, and his solo CDs include "Distant Images" (1994), "Heart of a Wolf" (2000) and "Out Sitting in his Field" (2004).

Corwell is a former executive committee member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, a former board member of the International Women's Brass Conference, a current editor for the International Tuba Euphonium Association Journal and a founding member of Symphonia, a professional ensemble chosen from among the nation's leading low brass performers.

Corwell has performed exclusively on Willson euphoniums since 1978, and he has been an official clinician for DEG Music Products, Inc., the US distributors of the instrument, since 1983.

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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