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Nov. 29, 2006

Local Students Attended 'Peter And The Wolf' Matinee In Hancher

More than 1,600 students from area school attended a matinee performance by Rob Kapilow's FamilyMusic and the PickleShoes Dance Company on Monday, Nov. 13, in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

The artists were visiting the UI to perform "Peter and the Wolf" in Hancher.

The performance was part of Hancher's Stage Door series of education arts events.

Kapilow's career as a composer, conductor and commentator is dedicated to sharing the joy and wonder of classical music with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. As a Kansas City Star article put it, "If you think you don't like classical music, you haven't met Rob Kapilow ... He's as lively as a top-flight sports announcer and as entertaining as a stand-up comedian. But he's also got substance in spades."

Time Out New York Kids dubbed him "a kind of Bill Nye the Science Guy for classical music," and Katie Couric called him "a wonderful guy who brings music alive!"

One of the busiest people on the classical music scene, he not only leads FamilyMusik, but also presents interactive "What Makes it Great?" and "Citypieces" concerts, and will soon premiere his new "Tap Dance Concerto."

Kapilow has conducted many new works of musical theater, ranging from the Tony Award-winning "Nine" on Broadway to the premiere of "Frida" for the opening of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's "Next Wave Festival" and premieres of works for the American Repertory Theater. He has been co-director of the Rutgers SummerFest Festival, assistant conductor of the Opera Company of Boston and Music Director of the touring company Opera New England, and conductor of the Kansas City Symphony's summer FamilyFare program. He was also music director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra for five seasons.

Kapilow has written numerous commissioned works, including the first musical setting of a Dr. Seuss work, "Green Eggs and Ham." His "Green Eggs and Hamadeus" combines his own work and Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" to create a lively performance/discussion. Other compositions include Dr. Seuss's "Gertrude McFuzz"; musical settings of Chris Van Allsburg's "Polar Express" and Michael Rosen's "Elijah's Angel" for the winter holiday; his first opera, "Many Moons," based on the James Thurber story; and "Play Ball!," a setting of "Casey at the Bat."



Kate Wickham -- 218
Kirkwood Elementary -- 289
Montessori School -- 10


Fairfield Home Schoolers -- 35


Holy Trinity Elementary -- 37


Shimek Elementary -- 95
Grant Wood Elementary -- 93
Longfellow Elementary -- 84
Hoover Elementary -- 224
Sacred Heart Home School -- 31
Regina Elementary -- 85
Willowwind School -- 9


Clear Creek Elementary -- 94


Novak Elementary -- 57


Heritage Christian School -- 80


Clear Creek High School -- 2


Wellman Elementary -- 50


West Liberty Elementary -- 112

TOTAL: 1605

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073; cell: 310-430-1013;