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Aug. 22, 2006

UI School Of Music Will Kick Off Centennial With Gala Concert Sept. 9

The University of Iowa School of Music turns a dignified -- and very healthy -- 100 this fall. The school will kick off its year-long centennial celebration with the Centennial Gala Showcase Concert, featuring the Symphony Band, the University Symphony, University Choirs, Johnson County Landmark jazz band and a number of faculty soloists, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in Hancher Auditorium.

The concert will climax with massed performance of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," combining the forces of the Symphony Band, the Symphony Orchestra and the University Choruses.

In addition to the gala kickoff concert, the centennial celebration will feature a series of concerts through the 2006-07 academic year, many of them presenting new compositions that were commissioned from UI alumni for the occasion. The concerts, including performances by UI faculty and many of the major ensembles of the School of Music, are listed on the Web at

The kickoff celebration on Sept. 9 will include several events in addition to the concert:

-- There will be an open house in the Voxman Music Building 2-4 p.m., to showcase new gallery spaces in Clapp Recital Hall and recent improvements to the building, including new benches and signage pointing to performances spaces and other venues within the building.

-- A reception and cash bar, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the First Floor Rotunda of the Levitt Center for University Advancement (LCUA), home of the UI Foundation, near Hancher Auditorium.

-- A banquet for alumni and friends of the School of Music, at 5:30 p.m., on the fourth floor of the LCUA. Tickets for the banquet are included in patron tickets for the Centennial Gala Showcase Concert, or can be purchased separately.

-- A guitar ensemble under the direction of Steve Grismore will perform in the Hancher lobby before the performance.

-- The School of Music Steel Band, directed by Dan Moore, will perform outside of Hancher after the concert.

Kristin Thelander, director of the School of Music, commented: "The 100th Anniversary of the School of Music is a celebration of a distinguished past, our many successful alumni, and the faculty who developed our programs. It is also a celebration of our current dedicated faculty, talented students, and an auspicious future.

"The kickoff celebration will provide alumni and community members with an opportunity to visit the Voxman Music Building in an afternoon open house, celebrate with faculty and alumni at a banquet at the Levitt Center, and revel in the beautiful music of our excellent student ensembles in an evening Hancher concert."

The new Clapp Recital Hall galleries will include works by George Walker, emeritus professor of the UI School of Art and Art History, on the second floor; drawings of current faculty by Robert Naujoks, a UI alumnus and professor of art at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, on the ground floor; enlarged UI Opera Theater posters reproduced and printed on aluminum by Benjamin Chait of the Chait Galleries Downtown; a painting by Byron Burford, emeritus professor of the School of Art and Art History, given by John Barrett; and a 100th-anniversary banner, designed by Shawn Roach, hanging in the center window of the lobby.

Other artwork newly installed in the Voxman Music Building will include a gallery of scenic and costume sketches by Margaret Wenk of the Division of Performing Arts on the second floor, and framed prints and posters throughout the building's hallways.

The program of the Sept. 9 concert comprises works that are especially suitable for a gala event, opening with a faculty/student ensemble, directed by Myron Welch, playing a fanfare written by Richard Strauss for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Major ensembles of the School of Music representing orchestral, choral, band and jazz areas will present the remainder of the program, often featuring faculty soloists:

-- Johnson County Landmark, directed by John Rapson, will perform "Just Friends" by Klimmer and Lewis, arranged Tom Kubis, with trumpet soloist Brent Sandy; "Satin Doll" by Duke Ellington, with guitar soloist Steve Grismore; and "Skin Deep" by Louis Bellson.

-- The Symphony Band, conducted by Welch, will perform "Prelude and Aztec Dance" from "La Fiesta Mexicana" by H. Owen Reed.

-- University Choirs will perform "Fanfare to a Festival" by Ron Nelson, conducted by Timothy Stalter, and "Consecrate the Place and Day" by Lloyd Pfautsch, conducted by David Puderbaugh.

-- Kantorei will perform "There is Sweet Music Here" by Stephen Chatman, with Stalter as conductor and oboe soloist Mark Weiger.

-- The University Symphony, conducted by William LaRue Jones, will perform the Overture to "Candide" by Leonard Bernstein.

-- The concert will close with Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," performed by more than 300 vocalists and instrumentalists.

In addition to the musical performances, dignitaries from the UI and the state of Iowa will speak at the concert: Kristin Thelander, director of the School of Music; Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Anita Walker, director of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and executive director of the Iowa Arts Council; and Michael J. Hogan, UI executive vice president and provost.

Tickets to the School of Music centennial Kickoff Concert will be $25 and $20 ($20 and $16 for seniors; $12 and $10 for UI students and youth) and are available at the Hancher Auditorium Box Office. Patron tickets are $100, and include admission to the pre-concert banquet at the LCUA and a $50 contribution to the School of Music through the UI Foundation. Tickets to the banquet only are $30.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may also be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's Web site, Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail:

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact

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University of Iowa School of Music

100th Anniversary

Calendar of Centennial Events

*Centennial Gala Showcase Concert: UI Symphony, Symphony Band, University Choruses and Johnson County Landmark

8 p.m. Sept. 9, Hancher Auditorium

Faculty Chamber Music

3 p.m., Oct. 8, Clapp Recital Hall

*Choirs and Quintets, with University Choirs, Iowa Woodwind Quintet and Iowa Brass Quintet

8 p.m., Oct. 18, Hancher Auditorium

*UI Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Band

8 p.m. Oct. 25, Hancher Auditorium

*Verdi Requiem with alumni soloists, UI Symphony and Choirs

8 p.m. Nov. 29, Hancher Auditorium

Alumni Jazz All-Stars

8 p.m. Dec. 7, Clapp Recital Hall

Faculty Chamber Music

3 p.m. Feb. 11, Clapp Recital Hall

*Now and Then: Symphony Band and University Symphony

8 p.m. Feb. 21, Hancher Auditorium

UI Center for New Music

8 p.m. March 4, Clapp Recital Hall

UI Percussion Ensemble with alumni soloist

8 p.m. March 24, Clapp Recital Hall

*"La Boheme," UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater

8 p.m. March 28 & 30; 2 p.m. April 1, Hancher Auditorium

*Collage Concert

8 p.m. April 14, 2 p.m. April 15, Hancher Auditorium

* indicates tickets available at Hancher Auditorium; all other performances are free

For details of these performances, visit the School of Music centennial Web page,

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072,

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