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Nov. 20, 2007

UI Chamber Orchestra will feature faculty soloists Dec. 9

The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra will feature two faculty soloists -- David Greenhoe, trumpet, and Kristin Thelander, horn -- for their final concert of the fall semester, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of David Nelson, will be free and open to the public.

The concert will feature a number of orchestral works as well as the concerto performances by the two soloists. The complete program will be:

--Overture to "Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus" (The creatures of Prometheus) by Ludwig van Beethoven.

--Concerto in A major for horn, op. 28, by Kurt Atterberg.

--"Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber.

--Concerto for Trumpet by Joseph Haydn.

--The  Symphony No. 35 in D major ("Haffner"), K385, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

"I am thrilled with the selections for the upcoming UI Chamber Orchestra concert," Nelson commented. "We will be offering a varied program of classical and contemporary compositions that will appeal to everyone. I am especially pleased that two of the great artists in the School of Music, Kristin Thelander and David Greenhoe, have agreed to join us as soloists for our final concert of 2007.

"This will be a memorable concert!"

One of the leading Swedish musicians of the 20th century, Atterberg was active as composer, administrator, conductor and critic. He was the music director of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm from 1916 to 1922; co-founder and president (1924-47) of the Society of Swedish Composers; co-founder, president (1924-43) and vice-president (1943-62) of the Swedish Performing Rights Society; secretary to the Swedish Royal Academy of Music from 1940 to 1953; and a music critic in Stockholm from 1919 to 1957.

Such varied professional activity seems to have diminished the impact of Atterberg's compositions. Nevertheless, he was well known in Sweden, primarily for the symphonies and his stage music. His Horn Concerto was composed in 1926 and today it is, with his symphonies, among his most performed works.

One of the most popular concertos for the trumpet, Haydn's Concerto in E-flat major was written for the Viennese trumpet player Anton Weidinger, who developed a keyed trumpet capable of playing chromatic notes. Weidinger toured Europe performing and promoting his unique instrument, and later commissioned a concerto from Johann Nepomuk Hummel that today rivals Haydn's in popularity.

Haydn's concerto was written in 1796, near the end of the composer's creative life, after he had written the last of his 106 symphonies. Perhaps owing to the difficulties of the solo part, Weidinger did not perform the concerto until 1800.

Nelson is currently professor of music education at the UI. He is the founding director of the UI Division of Performing Arts and former director of the School of Music. As a violinist and conductor, he performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Austin (Texas), Omaha, Quad-City and Madison symphony orchestras, and served as associate concertmaster of the Owensboro (Ky.) Symphony. For more information see: http://www.uiowa.edu/%7Emusic/bios/ADMINnelson.htm.

Thelander joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989 and was elected director of the School of Music in 2000. Active as both soloist and chamber musician, she continues to perform around the United States, and as a member of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet. For more information see http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/BRASSthelander.htm.

Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass area at the UI and plays first trumpet in the UI Iowa Brass Quintet. He is active as a soloist and recitalist, and during summer seasons he performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Greenhoe was a member of Frederick Fennell's famed Eastman Wind Ensemble and Howard Hanson's Eastman Philharmonia, and was later soloist with "The President's Own" -- the U.S. Marine Band in Washington D.C. For more information see http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/BRASSgreenhoe.htm.

A graduate student ensemble, the UI Chamber Orchestra is based on the standard orchestra of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Its repertoire covers a broad range from the Classical and early Romantic period to contemporary works. The Chamber Orchestra presents two or more concerts each semester.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.

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