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March 10, 2006

The Tuba Sings For March 24 UI Faculty Recital By John Manning

John Manning will make the tuba sing when he presents his next University of Iowa faculty recital, playing arrangements of songs and arias from around the world as part of the program at 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Manning, who teaches tuba at the UI School of Music, will be assisted on the recital by pianist Richard Gloss and guest tubist Jeffrey Funderburk from the University of Northern Iowa.

The recital will be free and open to the public.

The unusual program -- "you could call it an 'unsung vocal recital,'" Manning said -- will also include the premieres of two new pieces for solo tuba. The complete program will be:

-- five Italian songs and arias, arranged by Manning for tuba and piano;

-- the premiere of Manning's "Cheese Spread" for solo tuba;

-- "Arioso Gloria" for tuba and piano by Canadian composer Barbara York;

-- "Avant de quitter ces lieux" (Before leaving these places) from the opera "Faust" by French composer Charles Gounod, for tuba and piano;

-- "Four Poems by Fredegond Shove" by English composer Vaughan Williams, arranged for tuba and piano;

-- the premiere of "Blue Grace" for solo tuba by UI graduate student Claire Sievers;

-- “I Shall Buy a Black Horse” for tuba by Coe College faculty member Jerry Owen; and

-- four duets for two tubas, on pieces by Freiderich Kulau, Francois Devienne, Walter Sear and Sedicias.

"Expanding on a recital I gave last May, which was titled 'Tuba Music from Around the World,' I aimed to find some more great pieces for tuba from around the world," Manning said. "Last year I played pieces from Australia, Costa Rica and China. This time, I have pieces that are American, Italian, English, French and Brazilian. And I am thrilled to share the stage with Jeffrey Funderburk, professor of tuba and euphonium at UNI.

"In addition to the songs, there are two brand new pieces for solo tuba. 'Blue Grace' was composed by one of my graduate tuba students, Claire Sievers, who attended Coe College and majored in composition. 'Cheese Spread' is a work for solo tuba and CD, with the source material taken from an old TV commercial and manipulated in the style of the tape music of Steve Reich."

A founding member of the award-winning Atlantic Brass Quintet, Manning joined the UI faculty in 2004. He has toured across the United States and around the world with the Atlantic Brass Quintet, including performances in Korea, Japan, Costa Rica, France, Kuwait, India, Pakistan, England, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The quintet has won six international chamber music competitions and performed at the White House, Tanglewood, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Savannah Onstage, the Sacramento Festival for New American Music and other festivals and concert series around the country.

An active freelance musician, Manning has performed with the Boston Symphony, the Empire Brass and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He has also served as principal tubist with the Vermont Symphony and Albany (N.Y.) Symphony. Outside the realm of classical music, he has performed with the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, Naftule's Dream, Brass Planet, the Pee Wee Fist, the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, Arlo Guthrie and John Lithgow.

As a Yamaha solo artist he has appeared at Louisiana State University Octubafest, the International Tuba Euphonium Conferences 2000 and 2002, and Music Educators Conferences in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He has conducted tuba master classes around the United States and worked with brass students in Japan, Costa Rica, Panama, Egypt and Oman.

On his first solo tour of Japan, Funderburk was hailed by Pipers magazine as the next international tuba virtuoso. As a performer, recording artist and teacher, he has established a career and performance style that has been described as eclectic. His recordings include three solo tuba CDs, a recording as euphonium soloist with the wind orchestra of the "Franz Liszt" Music Academy in Budapest and two CDs as a member of Symphonia, a professional tuba and euphonium ensemble.

Funderburk has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. Since 1989 he has been principal tuba of the Cedar Rapids Symphony. As a chamber musician, he has performed extensively as a recitalist and as a member of the Detroit Brass Society, the Northern Brass Quintet, the Cedar Rapids Symphony Brass Quintet and the Suedtiroler Blechblaeser (South Tyrol brass) ensemble of Italy.

Funderburk holds a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Illinois. He was president of International Tuba and Euphonium Association 1995-97. A passionate supporter of new music for the tuba and euphonium, he has had more than 25 works written for him. The author of numerous articles for music magazines, he was an assistant editor of "The Tuba Source Book," published by Indiana University Press. Funderburk has appeared in international conferences in Belgium, Korea, Hungary, Japan and the United States and won the TUBA International Solo Competition in 1983.

Gloss holds a masters degree in piano performance from the UI, where he studied with Kenneth Amada. He has accompanied many local artists, including flutists Betty Bang Mather and Claudia Anderson, and tenor Scott McCoy. He is also the box office manager for Hancher Auditorium.

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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