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Feb. 16, 2007

UI Composers Workshop Presents New Student Works Feb. 25

The University of Iowa Composers Workshop will present a concert of solo, small ensemble and electroacoustic works by students at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert will be preceded by music provided by a student jazz combo, "Living Proof," performing in the Clapp Hall Lobby.

Both performances will be free and open to the public.

One of the main showcases for students in the composition program, the Composers Workshop presents concerts of new works each semester. The program is open to any composition student at the UI, from the undergraduate through the doctoral level. Performance typically feature faculty, student and guest performers in a wide variety of performance media.

For Feb. 25, the program for the formal concert will comprise eight pieces:

-- "Semantic Diffusion" for instrumental quartet and tape by Israel Neuman, a doctoral student in composition;

-- "Aria and Fanfare" for solo tuba, composed and performed by Karl Zelle, an undergraduate student in tuba performance and composition;

-- "nothing;tumor," an electroacoustic work by Andrew Meixner, an undergraduate student in composition;

-- Passacaglia from "High Pressure" for brass quintet by John C. Griffin, a doctoral candidate in composition;

-- "New Orleans Parade," an electroacoustic work by David DeVasto, a graduate student in composition;

-- "Chestnut Hill, 1998" for piano by Timothy A. Davis, a doctoral student in composition;

-- "Churches" for mixed instrumental quartet by Kirsten Wallace, an undergraduate student in composition and flute; and

-- "Three Miniatures" for chamber ensemble by Brian Vlasak, a doctoral student in composition.

"Living Proof" was formed at the UI School of Music by composer David DeVasto, who is also represented on the program, and several other students. Membership of the jazz quintet is currently Brian Smith, trumpet; Thomas Ott, guitar; DeVasto, piano; Drew Morton, bass; and Rob Baner, drums.

Vlasak, who is the Composers Workshop's coordinating assistant, commented: "The Composers' Workshop is an internationally known collective here at the UI and it is of no small coincidence that the closest analogue that comes to mind is the Writers' Workshop. We use these performances as opportunities to hear our works in a performance space and before an audience, just as playwrights often test out individual scenes in reading sessions."

A collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music, the workshop is devoted to the performance of music written at the UI and aims to foster greater co-operation and interplay between composers and performers in the Iowa City area. It is directed by David Gompper, professor of music in the Theory and Composition Department of the School of Music and director of the Center for New Music.

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

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