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Feb. 1, 2007

Stoltzman Performs 'Salute To Benny Goodman' Feb. 24 In Hancher

Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman will perform a "Salute to Benny Goodman," backed by the University of Iowa Johnson County Landmark jazz band directed by John Rapson, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.

Stoltzman will also offer a master class with clarinet students at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Dixon Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building. The public is invited to observe, free of charge.

Over the course of more than 50 albums and in performances around the globe, Stoltzman has established himself as the foremost virtuoso of the clarinet in classical music, and he has also defied categorization, effortlessly crossing over to jazz and other popular music.

A review in the New York Times declared, ""His mastery of the clarinet and his impeccable musicianship are no secret by now, but one who has not heard him play for a time can easily forget how rich and fluid the instrument can sound from top to bottom of its range. If Mr. Stoltzman is not one of a kind, who might the others be?"

Benny Goodman was one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century, not only because his jazz and classical clarinet performances and recordings were popular, but because he was a pioneer in the desegregation of jazz when he brought Lionel Hampton and Teddy Wilson into his trio and quartet.

A household name in America from the mid-1930s on, Goodman and his bands, from big bands to small ensembles, from jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall, became the definition of "swing."

And the King of Swing, who first brought jazz into Carnegie Hall, returned years later as he began a second career as a classical soloist -- a career that included commissioned works by Bartok, Bernstein and Copland.

Shortly before his death, Goodman was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, capping a lifetime of honors and accolades.

Johnson County Landmark, the top jazz big band in the UI School of Music, boasts an illustrious history of its own, which has included an appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, top awards at jazz competitions in the United States and Europe, and several acclaimed recordings that range from the works of jazz masters to original compositions by band members.

Rapson joined the faculty of the UI School of Music as director of jazz studies in August 1993. A recording artist for the Sound Aspects and Nine Winds labels, he is a composer and trombonist whose work mixes ethnic and experimental elements with more conventional jazz forms. For more information on Rapson, see

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

"Salute to Benny Goodman" is supported by West Music through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $38/35/32; UI student $34.20/15; senior citizen $34.20/31.50/28.80; youth $26.60/24.50/22.40. Discounted concert tickets are available as part of volume purchases: A simultaneous purchase of five events or more qualifies for a 15-percent discount.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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