The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 14, 2006

Center For New Music Will Present A Tribute To Martin Jenni Sept. 24

The University of Iowa Center for New Music (CNM) will present "A Tribute to the Life and Works of D. Martin Jenni," a concert of works by the emeritus UI music professor who died earlier this year, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, featuring faculty and students from the UI School of Music alongside several of Jenni's former students, will be free and open to the public.

A flexible organization devoted to the presentation of the music of the past 100 years, the CNM is supports its own performing ensemble, including both faculty and students of the School of Music, and each year presents a series of concerts on campus.

David Gompper, director of the CNM, commented: "Since Martin spent the better part of 30 years in Iowa City, all of us -- his family and close friends -- thought it made sense to assemble a gathering of former students and associates around a concert of his works.

"Of course, the program is only a representation of his total output. He wrote for his friends, musicians with whom he collaborated. He was a kind of Renaissance man, one who was equally at home in both Western and Eastern traditions and a polyglot who spoke eight languages, Gompper said. "He had uncommon gifts, was bright and witty, and was always engaging and personable."

Ten works for a wide variety of media will be performed on the concert:

--"In Memoriam H.S. (Humphrey Searle)" and "Musique Printanière" (music of spring), performed by Kathryn Lukas, flute, and David Gompper, piano.

--"Jusqu'ua la Liesse," performed by UI faculty member Katherine Eberle, mezzo-soprano, and Pamela Weest-Carrasco, harp.

--"Canto," performed by Rene Lecuona, piano.

--"Tympanorum Musices," performed by UI faculty member Daniel Moore, percussion.

--"Tio's Foursome," performed by a saxophone quartet of Gina Cole and Mikiko Kanemitsu, alto saxophones; Jason Laczkoski, tenor saxophone; and Marc Graham, baritone saxophone.

--"Sam Mbira,"performed by a marimba quartet of Chris Sande, Meggie Aube, Jamie Bahr and Ginny Armstrong.

--"Per Elysios," performed by an mixed ensemble featuring Melissa Walding, oboe; Kristin Thelander, horn; Christine Rutledge, viola; Alan Huckleberry, harpsichord; and Ginny Armstrong, percussion. Thelander, Rutledge and Huckleberry are UI faculty members.

--"Verbum supernum" for organ, performed by Albinas Prizgintas.

--"Figura Circulorum" for 10 violins, four contrabasses, harpsichord, three percussion and tampura, an Indian classical string instrument.

Program notes for the concert, a complete obituary and tributes to the composer by his colleagues and friends may be found on the CNM Web site, at

The Center for New Music will collect memorial contributions for the purpose of creating an audio CD of the concert. Directions for submitting a contribution may also be found on the CNM Web page, or you may call the UI Foundation at 800-648-6973 or 319-335-3305 and indicate that your gift is in memory of Jenni and should be directed to the School of Music.

Jenni taught composition and music theory at the UI School of Music from 1968 until his retirement in 1999. He had a master's degree in medieval studies from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in composition from Stanford. While at the UI he composed several works for the Center for New Music, the University Symphony and members of the music faculty. Among the latter have been "Musica dell'Autunno" for organist Delbert Disselhorst, "Long Hill May" for flutist Betty Mather, "Night Music" for string bassist Eldon Obrecht, "Cantos " for pianist Rene Lecuona and "RAGAMALIKA" for clarinetist Maurita Murphy Mead.

Jenni also founded the Cantores, a choir specializing in the performance of Gregorian chant. For several years he directed the Composers Workshop, a collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music devoted to the performance of music written at the UI.

Jenni died June 21, 2006.

The Center for New Music was founded in 1966 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The center promotes the performance of new music by providing a core group of specialists in contemporary performance techniques. Its programming has included world premieres as well as acknowledged contemporary masterworks.

The School of Music and the Center for New Music are parts of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The UI School of Music web site, at, includes information on all of the faculty performers in the Sept. 24 concert.

For information on UI arts events, visit on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, go to, click the link "Join or leave the list (or change settings)" and follow the instructions.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846;

PHOTOS are available at