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Jan. 8, 2007

Time For Three Performs 'The Future Of Music' At UI Jan. 24

Time for Three, the eclectic string trio that conductor Simon Rattle described as "the future of music," will perform 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus. The concert is presented by Hancher Auditorium.

Violinists Zachary DePue and Nicolas Kendall and double bassist Ranaan Meyer -- who met as students at the Curtis Institute of Music -- happily mingle bluegrass, jazz, classical, gypsy and country/western influences.

Paul Newman, who presented them at his Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, commented, "To hear these three young guys is to be thankful that music was invented."

The trio began playing for fun, exploring mutual interests that transcended their regimen of classical training. And their first public performance, in July 2003, was a fluke. Following a lightening-induced power failure at Philadelphia's Mann Center for the Performance Arts, orchestra members invited Meyer and DePue to entertain the audience while technicians attempted to restore onstage lighting.

They obliged with an enthusiastically received impromptu jam session that included works that were a considerable departure from the originally scheduled Beethoven symphony, including "Jerusalem's Ridge," "Ragtime Annie" and "The Orange Blossom Special."

Time for Three continues to have fun blurring genres -- or, as Meyer puts it, "creating different dialects" -- putting their unique stamp on traditional repertoire, as well has performing Meyer's eclectic compositions.

They may jump effortlessly from Bach to bluegrass, and their venues illustrate their category-bursting approach, ranging from famed concert halls to folk festivals. They have even opened for k.d. lang.

They are also active MySpacers -- you can find their MySpace page at -- where this unusual "jam band" has accumulated more than 600 "friends" and nearly 6,000 "views." Their three audio files there have been accessed nearly 10,000 times.

See and hear them play at

Maestro Rattle added to his "future of music" comment, "Time for Three are conveyors of an infectious joy that I find both touching and moving... they show how all types of American music can develop, when life and passion are breathed into it. Simply put, they're a knockout."

The Time for Three concert is supported by John and Lynne Geweke and Iowa House Hotel, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $28; UI student $15; senior citizen $25.20; youth $19.60.  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. to 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.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail:

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073,