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Nov. 1, 2006

Iowa Brass Quintet Will Play Music From 'A Train' To Bach Nov. 15

The Iowa Brass Quintet, a resident ensemble at the University of Iowa School of Music, will include Baroque music and jazz on a free concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The Iowa Brass Quintet (IBQ) performs on the UI campus each semester and for schools, universities, civic concert associations, and professional meetings throughout the United States. Its current members are David Greenhoe and Brian Umlah, trumpets; Jeffrey Agrell, horn; David Gier, trombone; and John Manning, tuba.

The quintet's fall concert will feature music from a wide variety of musical eras, styles, and geography.

 Four pieces will be performed.

-- Concerto in G Major, BWV 973, by Vivaldi/J.S. Bach: The first piece on the program is an arrangement of an arrangement. Bach's solo keyboard version of a Vivaldi concerto becomes, in this version, a four-movement showpiece for the trumpets. The arrangement was done for the Canadian Brass by one of its trumpeters, Fred Mills. "Bach was very taken with Vivaldi's Concerto -- so he took it," says Canadian Brass tubist Chuck Daellenbach. Bach frequently arranged other composers' works, and in this case he created an opportunity for modern audiences to hear the piccolo trumpet's Baroque brilliance.

-- Sonatine for brass quintet by Eugene Bozza: A French composer associated with the Paris
 Conservatory, Bozza left a wealth of repertoire for brass instruments. The Sonatine, featuring technical and dynamic fireworks, was first performed in August 1954 by the New York Brass Quintet. Knowledgeable members of the audience were highly impressed that the group could play such a piece at the end of a full evening's concert. One anecdote about this concert is that people were heard afterward saying "Those guys are just a bunch of show-offs!"

-- "Soundings for brass quintet" by William Mathias: Composed by one of the most famous Welsh composers of the 20th century, "Soundings" was commissioned by the London Brass and premiered by them in London in 1988. The four movements are titled "Overture," "March," "Elegy" and "Capriccio."

-- Arrangements of "Take the 'A' Train" and "Lush Life," written by Billy Strayhorn for Duke Ellington: IBQ will perform these two great jazz standards in lively arrangements by Robert Elkjer, a composer and arranger who specializes in brass and piano music.

Founded in the early 1950s, the IBQ has been widely acclaimed for its artistry in the performance of music of all periods and premieres of new compositions. Four of its members -- Greenhoe, Agrell, ,Gier and Manning -- are on the UI faculty. Information on the quintet can be found at

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