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March 23, 2006

Iowa Chamber Music Coalition Performs April 8 At UI

The Iowa Chamber Music Coalition, a collaborative effort among musicians across Iowa, will present a concert of instrumental and vocal chamber music at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 8, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

The concert, featuring faculty from the UI School of Music and from Grinnell College, will be free and open to the public.

The Iowa Chamber Music Coalition involves music faculty and students at the UI, Grinnell and other institutions around the state. The ICMC was founded to foster good relations among colleagues through performances of chamber music.

UI faculty performers for the April 8 concert will include Jeffrey Agrell and Kristin Thelander, French horns; Maurita Murphy Mead, clarinet; Christine Rutledge, viola; and Katherine Eberle, mezzo-soprano. Performers from Grinnell College will be violinist Nancy McFarlane Gaub and pianist Eugene Gaub. Cellist Emma Davis-Oeth, a student in the UI School of Music, will also take part in the concert.

The program features three works from the 18th to 20th centuries and for different ensembles:

--Joseph Haydn's Quintet in E-flat Major, Hb XIV:1 for piano, violin, cello and two French horns.

--Johannes Brahms' Two Songs for alto, viola and piano.

--Ernst von Dohnanyi's Sextet for piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet and horn.

Nancy McFarland Gaub directs the chamber music ensembles and teaches both violin and viola at Grinnell, and she performs frequently on the Grinnell Chamber Music Series and in many other venues. Together with her husband she is co-artistic director of the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival, which they founded in East Aurora, N.Y. in 1994. She has performed at the Aspen, Spoleto (Italy), Chautauqua, Stowe, Adirondack, Grant Park Symphony and Eastern Music Festivals, and the Festival de Invierno in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She has also performed as soloist on radio and television broadcasts.

Since his New York debut playing the First Piano Concerto of Bela Bartok, Eugene Gaub has performed throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada, and in major cities of Europe, including Vienna and Salzburg. He has worked closely with many American composers, including John Adams, whose "Phrygian Gates" he was invited to perform at the 1997 National Conference of the College Music Society. He appeared on the UI campus last spring in a program of Bach sonatas with violist Christine Rutledge, as part of her yearlong Bach performance series.

Rutledge joined the UI faculty in 1998. She has appeared as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player throughout the United States and abroad. She performs as a member of the Fontana Chamber Music Festival ensemble. Her performances and recordings with the Notre Dame String Trio have earned glowing reviews from The Strad, Fanfare and other music publications. She has performed a wide range of repertoire, including standard viola repertoire, her own transcriptions of Baroque works, several lesser known works for viola and new works that were written specifically for her.

Agrell joined the UI School of Music faculty in 2000 after a 25-year career as symphony musician. Widely respected as performer, teacher and composer, he has performed and given clinics and lectures at regional, national, and international workshops. He was on the editorial staffs of two brass journals for decades, writes two regular columns for the journal of the International Horn Society, and has some 80 published articles to his credit. At the UI he teaches horn, directs the Horn Choir, teaches introduction to improvisation and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet.

Thelander joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989 and was elected director of the School of Music in 2000. Active as both soloist and chamber musician, she is a member of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet. As a guest artist she performed a solo with the Chinese National Opera Orchestra for the opening concert of the International Horn Symposium held in Beijing in July 2000. She was the first prize winner in the 1981 American Horn Competition, and she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, South Korea and the People's Republic of China.

Mead is in her 22nd year teaching clarinet on the faculty of the UI School of Music, where she is also associate director for graduate studies. Her many solo invitations have included International Clarinet Association conferences, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the Southeastern Clarinet Workshop and the conference of the College Band Directors National Association. She has been principal clarinet of several midwestern orchestras, including the Cedar Rapids Symphony. As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Cleveland Quartet and other ensembles.

Eberle has performed professional engagements with orchestras, choral organizations and chamber music groups internationally. Concert credits include solo performances with symphonies in Detroit, Lansing and Saginaw, Mich.; and Atlanta, Macon, Rome, and Valdosta, Ga. She served as an artistic ambassador for the U.S. State Department and has given more than 50 solo recitals in 18 states and in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Korea, Peru, St. John and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago. She has also given master classes in North and South America and Asia.

Davis-Oeth is a cello major at the UI studying with Anthony Arnone. She transferred to Iowa from the Eastman School of Music. She is most recently the winner of the Des Moines Symphony Concerto Competition and as a result has received a full scholarship and stipend to attend this summer's Aspen Music Festival and will appear as a soloist with the Des Moines Symphony next season.

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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