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March 27, 2006

Alumni Compositions Are Featured By Violinist Wolfe On April 6

Violinist Katie Wolfe and pianist Alan Huckleberry will perform new works by University of Iowa alumni and other Iowa pieces on a faculty recital at 8 p.m. Friday, April 6 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, part of a tour of campuses in Iowa and Illinois organized by the Iowa Composers Forum, will be free and open to the public. It is presented in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the UI School of Music.

The program, which will be presented throughout the tour, consists entirely of new works by Iowa composers. Four are works by UI alumni, of which two will be world premieres for the tour, which opens in Grinnell April 4.

The complete program for the tour will be:

-- World premiere of "Album," nine pieces for violin and piano by UI School of Music alumnus Maurice Monhardt, professor emeritus of music at Luther College in Decorah.

-- Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano, composed in 1996 by Jeremy Beck. Currently living in Louisville, Ky., Beck was formerly on the faculty of the University of Northern Iowa.

-- World premiere of "Rabble Rouser" by UI alumnus Ralph Kendrick, who is co-chair of the Iowa Composers Forum.

-- "Finnegan's Wake," by David Gompper, director of the UI Center for New Music. The first of three pieces violin-piano pieces by Gompper based on Irish-Appalachian fiddle music, "Finnegan's Wake" was written in 1997. "My intention was to transform the music as feet-stomping dance music through a labyrinth of rhythmic manipulations into a series of playful excursions for both instruments," Gompper wrote.

-- "Dreams of Fin," composed in 2006 by UI alumnus Joseph Dangerfield. A former student of Gompper at the UI, Dangerfield explained that his work "begins precisely where 'Finnegan's Wake' ends as though one has passed into what Edgar Alan Poe once referred to as the dream world. I reordered the notes of the primary motive from Gompper's work and applied my own musical syntax to create a new motive."

-- "Dance Moments," composed 2003-04 by UI alumnus Jerry Owen. A member of the music faculty at Coe College in Cedar Rapids since 1969, Owen was the founding composer-in-residence with the Cedar Rapids Symphony. His music was been widely performed in Iowa during the past 40 years. He received a doctorate from the UI as a student of Richard Hervig.

Established in 1906, the UI School of Music has been celebrating its centennial throughout the 2006-07 academic year. The celebration features a series of concerts, many of them presenting premieres of new works by UI alumni. The full schedule of centennial events can be found online at

The tour by Wolfe and Huckleberry was organized by the Iowa Composers Forum, a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of new music in Iowa, to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. April 4 in Grinnell College's Sebring Lewis Hall in Grinnell; at 4 p.m. April 7 in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center's Davis Hall in Cedar Falls; at 7:30 p.m. April 10 in Coe College's Daehler Kitchin Auditorium in Cedar Rapid; and at 3 p.m. April 14 in Northern Illinois University's Recital Hall in Dekalb, Ill.

Originally from Minnesota, Wolfe joined the string faculty of the UI School of Music in August 2004. She has had a diverse career as a soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician on the national and international stage. 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:

Established in 1906, the UI School of Music has been celebrating its centennial throughout the 2006-07 academic year. The yearlong Centennial Celebration features a series of concerts, many of them featuring premieres of new works UI alumni. The full schedule of centennial events can be found online 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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