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Nov. 20, 2006

University And Concert Bands From UI Present Joint Concert

The University and Concert Bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a joint concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their concert will be free and open to the public.

Two of the concert wind ensembles in the UI Band Department, the University and Concert Bands are open to UI students. They share the program for a concert at least once each semester.

The Concert Band is directed by Kevin Kastens, a member of the School of Music faculty who also leads the Hawkeye Marching Band during the fall semester and heads the Iowa Summer Music Camps each June.

The Concert Band will play four works on the concert:

-- "Hey!" by UI alumnus and Cedar Rapids native Timothy Mahr, composed in 2005; --- "Fantasy on a Japanese Folk Song" by Samuel R. Hazo, also composed in 2005;

-- the "William Byrd Suite" by Gordon Jacob, based on keyboard pieces by the English Renaissance composer William Byrd; and

-- "Sketches on a Tudor Psalm" by Fisher Tull, which is based on a 16th-century setting of the second Psalm English composer Thomas Tallis, who was Byrd's teacher.

"Hey!" was commissioned by John Lace, a college friend of Mah. Lace asked for a work that would be an effective way to open a band concert. For years the two greeted each other or sent messages through students to each other that always began with "Hey, Mahr" or Hey, Lace." This work is a piece that says "Hey!" to the audience.

The University Band is conducted by UI graduate teaching assistant Darrin Oehlerking. Their program for the concert will be:

-- "Flourish for Wind Band" by Ralph Vaughan Williams;

-- the Scottish folk song "Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon" as arranged by the Australian-American composer Percy Grainger;

-- "Old Home Days" by the early 20th-century American composer Charles Ives, arranged for band by Jonathon Elkus;

-- "An American Elegy" by Frank Ticheli; and

-- "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" by John Barnes Chance

The University Band program encompasses a wide variety of musical styles. The piece with most interesting origin is Ticheli's "An American Elegy." It was commissioned and premiered by the Columbine High School Band in Colorado, one year after the tragic events of April, 1998. The score conjures images of pain, sorrow, and, ultimately, hope.

Kastens joined the UI faculty as director of the Hawkeye Marching Band in 1998. He also directs the Concert Band, teaches band arranging and marching band techniques, and is the director of Iowa Summer Music Camps. He has presented workshops and clinics and appeared as guest conductor throughout the Midwest and Canada. For more, see:

For more information on UI bands, visit their Web page at http://www/

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