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Feb. 23, 2007

University And Concert Bands Present Joint Concert March 5

The University and Concert Bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a joint concert at 8 p.m. Monday, March 5, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. Their concert will be free and open to the public.

Two of the concert wind ensembles in the UI Band Department, the University and Concert Bands are open to UI students. They share the program for a concert once in the fall and twice in the spring semester. Their next concert will be Wednesday, April 25.

The Concert Band is directed by Kevin Kastens, a member of the School of Music faculty who also leads the Hawkeye Marching Band during the fall semester and heads the Iowa Summer Music Camps each June.

The Concert Band will play three works on the March 5 concert:

-Tempered Steel by Charles Rochester Young, which will be conducted by Ward Miller, a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant for UI bands;

-Symphonic Prelude, "The Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer," a new work by Mark Camphouse; and

-Symphony No. 3 by Alfred Reed.

Young wrote, "As we grow stronger and more resilient through hardship, we become 'tempered.' 'Tempered Steel' is a celebration of our triumph over these unavoidable hardships and obstacles that we regularly face. It rejoices in the tenacious and unrelenting resolve that is part of us all."

In June 2005, Camphouse visited the Normandy American Cemetery, situated on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel in Colleville-Sur-Mer. He found it to be "an overwhelmingly moving landmark to the American people and our heritage." Since the visit coincided with a commission to write a fanfare for the Northshore Concert Band in suburban Chicago, Camphouse put the inspiration he felt in Normandy into his score for the Symphonic Prelude.

A member of the conducting and composition faculties at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, Camphouse will conduct the Gold Band at the Iowa Summer Music Camp in June.

Reed's Symphony No. 3 was commissioned by the United States Air Force Band and was premiered April 19, 1988, at the opening concert of the Music Educators National Conference annual convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

The University Band is conducted by UI graduate teaching assistant Timothy Beckler. Their program for the concert will be:

-"Intrada Jubilante" by David Gillingham;

-"Fantasy on a Theme by Sousa" by UI alumnus Andrew Boysen, Jr.;

-"Rhosymedre" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, arranged for concert band by Walter Beeler;

-the Third Suite by Robert Jager; and

-"Galop" by Arthur Bird, edited for the modern concert band by James Syler.

The Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School Band Parents Association commissioned Boysen to compose "Fantasy on a Theme by Sousa" in honor of former Director of Bands Earle Dickinson. Knowing of Dickinson's interest in the music of John Philip Sousa, Boysen used his favorite Sousa march, "The Fairest of the Fair," as the basis of his "Fantasy."

Raised in Belmont, Mass., and educated in Germany, Bird became a close friend and student of Franz Liszt. The "Galop" is his only surviving work for band. Syler wrote about his version of the score, "No changes were made in the original music, only the reassigning of parts from obscure military brass instruments to current instrumentation."

Kastens joined the UI faculty as director of the Hawkeye Marching Band in 1998. He also directs the Concert Band, teaches band arranging and marching band techniques, and is the director of Iowa Summer Music Camps. He has presented workshops and clinics and appeared as guest conductor throughout the Midwest and Canada. For more, see:

For more information on UI bands, visit their Web page at http://www/

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