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Oct. 16, 2006

Guest Tubist Will Present Recital At UI Oct. 29

Deanna Swoboda, who is the tuba and euphonium teacher at Western Michigan University and a member of the Western Brass Quintet, will present a free recital of solo works for tuba with pianist Marcelina Turcanu at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in Harper Hall of the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

Swoboda's performance as a guest of the UI School of Music will be free and open to the public.

Swoboda was invited to the UI by John Manning, who teaches tuba in the School of Music. Her appearance is part of the University of Iowa Octubafest, an annual celebration of the tuba and euphonium by UI music students. This year's celebration also includes an in-house studio recital and a youth concert called "Spooky Tubas" at noon Sunday, Oct. 29, in the Iowa Children's Museum in the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville.

Swoboda's program will be:

-- Sonata No. 2 in E-flat by J.S. Bach, transcribed and edited by Floyd Cooley;

-- "Estrellita" (Little star), a popular song by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce, arranged by Rich Ridenour and Patrick Sheridan;

-- a tuba-and-piano arrangement of Ralph Vaughn-Williams's Concerto for Bass Tuba;

-- "Relentless Grooves" by Sam Pilafian;

-- "Fnugg " Oystein Baadsvik; and

-- a tuba version of the popular violin showpiece "Csardas" by Vittorio Monti.

Manning noted that he and Swoboda have several things in common. "Both of us studied with Sam Pilafian, who also composed one of the pieces she is performing here," he said. "Both of us, like our teacher, built our careers touring with a brass quintet, and both of us are hosting regional tuba/euphonium conferences next year!"

Making an equal exchange with Swoboda's invitation to the UI, Manning was invited to perform at Western Michigan University on Oct. 21.

Before joining the faculty of Western Michigan University, Swoboda taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Las Vegas Arts Academy, as well as at the University of Northern Iowa, University of Denver, University of Idaho, National Conservatory of Madrid (Spain) and Deutschen Tubaforum-Hammelberg in Germany.

In 2000 she joined the Dallas Brass, a 6-piece ensemble that travels the United States and Europe presenting approximately 100 concerts per year working extensively in the public schools and at colleges and universities. She has also performed with the Denver Brass, Cedar Rapids Symphony, Symphony of the West Valley (Arizona) and Washington/Idaho Symphony.

She is creator and performer of a motivational recruiting presentation and music workshop called "Brass Rap!" and founder of the University of Oklahoma's International Tuba/Euphonium Summer Workshop, which has been held annually since 1998.

Turcanu is an alumna of the UI School of Music. A native of Romania, she is a winner of numerous national and international piano competitions including the Dinu Lipatti International Piano Competition and the Tallin International Piano Competition, and she received the prestigious Prince De Lambrino Award in 1997. She has appeared in recitals and concerto performances throughout the former Soviet Union, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the United States.

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