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Jan. 12, 2007

UI Faculty Present 'Songs By University Of Iowa Composers' Jan. 27

Baritone Stephen Swanson will perform with a variety of accompanists to present "Songs by University of Iowa Composers," in honor of the centennial celebration of the UI School of Music, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Performing music by current and former faculty of the UI, as well as alumni and others who have been associated with the School of Music, Swanson will perform with accompaniment by pianists Alan Huckleberry and David Gompper, organist Delbert Disselhorst and Iowa Percussion, under the direction of Dan Moore.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

The music in the program ranges across most of the School of Music's 100 years, from a 1935 song ("To Helen") by Philip Greeley Clapp, the former director of the school and member of the UI faculty 1919-1954, to "Mrs. Bixby's Sons," composed in 2004 by Gompper, a current faculty member and director of the Center for New Music.

Other works on the program by current faculty members will be:

-- "To where does Spring return?" from "Three Songs from the Chinese," composed in 1983 by Michael Eckert, a member of the composition and theory department since 1985; and

-- Dan Moore's 1999 arrangement of Schubert's dramatic song "The Erlking" for voice and percussion. Moore, head of the percussion area, joined the UI faculty in 1996.

The program also features works by former members of the UI faculty:

-- Gerhard Krapf, who taught organ in the School of Music from 1961 to 1977, is represented by his "Gospel Motet for the Feast of the Holy Trinity" for voice and organ, composed in 1958.

-- W.T. Atcherson, a member of the music theory faculty from 1964 to 1985, is represented by "A Song of Pain," composed in 1961.

-- Daniel Moe, a graduate of the School of Music who taught choir from 1961 to 1972, is represented by his 1958 song, "The Greatest of These Is Love."

The remaining four works are by School of Music alumni:

-- "Tropfblut" (Dripping blood) was written in 1959 by Robert Lombardo, who received a doctorate in composition from the UI in 1961. Lombardo is now professor emeritus at Roosevelt University in Illinois.

-- "A Prayer of Faith" was written in 1960 by Frederick Tillis, the director emeritus of the University Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, who received master's and doctoral degrees in composition from the UI.

-- "A God Is a God" was arranged by Wendell Whalum, a UI doctoral student in 1965.

-- "I Want to Fly" from "Flight of the Lawnchair Man," composed in 2002 by Robert Lindsey Nassif, who received a master of fine arts degree from the UI.

Disselhorst will accompany Krapf's "Gospel Motet" and Moe's "The Greatest of These Is Love" on organ, and Gompper will accompany his own song, "Mrs. Bixby's Sons," on piano. Huckleberry will accompany the rest of the program on piano, except for Moore's arrangement of "The Erlking."

Swanson joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1994 after an extensive European operatic career that encompassed 91 roles in opera, operetta and musicals. He has sung on German, Austrian and Dutch radio broadcasts and has been a featured soloist in numerous European festivals. For more information, see

An active solo pianist and chamber musician, Huckleberry joined the UI faculty in 2003. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and the United States. He is also a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including the first prizes in the German National Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition. For more information, see:

Gompper has been professor of composition and director of the Center for New Music at the UI since 1991. His compositions are performed throughout the United States and Europe, and he has taught, presented lectures, and performed around the world. For more information, see

More information about the Center for New Music is available at

Disselhorst has been a member of the UI School of Music faculty since 1970. As a concert artist, he has performed in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has appeared as a recitalist for several regional conventions and for the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Houston, Texas, in 1989. He has been a featured artist for international festivals and concert series in the cathedrals of Trier and Limburg and the Munster in Freiburg, Germany. For more information, see:

One of the most active performing groups at the UI School of Music, Iowa Percussion presents concerts and educational programs on campus and across Iowa. Each year the group performs for hundreds of Iowa school children through the UI Arts Share program.

Established in 1906, the UI School of Music will celebrate its centennial throughout the 2006-07 academic year. The celebration will feature a series of concerts throughout the academic year. The concerts, including performances by UI faculty and many of the major ensembles of the School of Music, are listed on the Web at

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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