Oct. 4, 2006
Guest Composers Headline Center For New Music Concert Oct. 15
The University of Iowa Center for New Music will present a concert featuring the works of guest composers Irina Dubkova from Moscow and Jeremy Dale Roberts from London at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. Admission will be free.
A flexible organization devoted to the presentation of the music of the past 100 years, the Center for New Music (CNM) is directed by David Gompper, a faculty member in the theory and composition area of the UI School of Music.
Both guest composers have prior professional connections with Gompper and the UI. Dubkova, who teaches at the Moscow State P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, attended the CNM's Russian Contemporary Music Festival in 2000, and has invited Gompper to Moscow to perform and teach.
Roberts, who recently retired as head of composition at the Royal College of Music, was a visiting professor of composition at the UI for the 1999-2000 academic year. At one time Gompper studied composition with Roberts at the Royal College of Music.
In addition to UI faculty and other performers from the CNM, the Oct. 15 concert will feature two guest artists, organist Konstantin Volostnov from Moscow, and pianist Ryan Fogg from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. The complete program will be:
-- The premiere of "Downward Courses" for solo piano by Luke Dahn, a recent graduate of the UI School of Music and a visiting UI faculty member this fall. "Downward Courses" will be performed by Fogg, for whom the score was written. Written during the summer of 2006, "Downward Courses" takes its title from a poem by the Kentucky writer and poet Wendell Berry. The score uses descending melodic fragments, or "downward melodic courses," as the basis for much of the work's harmonic content.
-- "I Hear the Sound that has Fallen Silent" for flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano by Dubkova. While it is a part of a triptych entitled "In the Soft Moonlight," this composition was written with an independent nature so that it can be performed separately.
-- Dubkova's "Vitrages" for organ solo, performed by Volostnov.
-- Two works by Gompper: "Chorale and Prelude" for organ solo, performed by Volostnov, and "Quartet" for strings and piano. "Quartet" will be performed by members of the UI string faculty -- Katie Wolfe, violin; Christine Rutledge, viola; and Anthony Arnone, cello -- with pianist Marian Lee of Iowa City.
-- "Lines of Life II: Voice/Kinderscenen" for mixed instrumental ensemble by Roberts. "Lines of Life II" will be performed by UI students and faculty, with Gompper conducting. Rutledge will be viola soloist for the performance, which will also include UI faculty members Scott Conklin, violin; Volkan Orhon, double bass; and David Gier, trombone. The CNM performed "Lines of Life II" on a concert in February 2005 and will record it for a forthcoming CD.
Program notes for the concert, including and composers' and performers' biographies, can be found on the CNM Web page, at www.uiowa.edu/~cnm/41.061015.html.
Part of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the CNM supports its own performing ensemble, including both faculty and students of the School of Music and presents concerts of recent music by guest artists. It was founded in 1966 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Its programming has included world premieres as well as acknowledged contemporary masterworks.
Critic Paul Griffiths opened his New York Times review of a 1998 CNM concert in New York City by observing that "an ensemble of faculty and graduate students from the University of Iowa performed strongly Tuesday night," and he praised Gompper for "the concert's clarity and directness."
Gompper has been professor of composition and director of the Center for New Music at the UI since 1991. His compositions are performed throughout the United States and Europe, and he has taught, presented lectures, and performed around the world. For more information, see www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/THEORYgompper.htm. More information about the Center for New Music is available at www.uiowa.edu/~cnm/.
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