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March 30, 2007

NOTE: The date of this event has been corrected in the release.

New Music Ensemble From University Of Minnesota Will Perform At UI April 9

The New Music Ensemble (NME) from the University of Minnesota will present a free concert on the University of Iowa campus at 8 p.m. Monday, April 9, in Clapp Recital Hall.

The concert is part of a rotating tour that will take the new music ensembles from the UI, the University Of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, to all three campuses. The UI Center for New Music has already appeared in Minneapolis and is scheduled to play in Madison April 17. The series will be completed when the New Music Ensemble from the UW appears in Clapp Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27.

"We are delighted to have this touring arrangement with Minnesota and Wisconsin," David Gompper, director of the UI Center for New Music, said. "This is the second year we have been able to tour to each other's campuses.

"This is an exciting opportunity for the School of Music, not only to make performance connections within the Midwest region, but to set forth a series of collaborations and exchanges between new music ensembles at peer institutions."

The program for the April 9 concert will feature seven works:

--"Raggedy Andy" for chamber orchestra by Elliott McKinley, a doctoral candidate in composition from the University Of Minnesota. The performance will be conducted by Peter Smucker.

--A tribute to composer Alec Wilder, with three of his works: "Neurotic Goldfish" for winds and percussion, "I'll be Around" for voice and guitar, and "Such a Tender Night" for winds and percussion. Jerry Luckhardt, director of the New Music Ensemble, will conduct the performances of "Neurotic Goldfish" and "Such a Tender Night."

--Part II of one of the most influential works of the early 20th century, Arnold Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire" for voice and six instruments. Young-Nam Kim, co-director of the NME, will conduct the performance.

--The Woodwind Quintet by Elliott Carter.

--Four Songs for soprano, baritone and chamber ensemble by Andrew Imbrie, conducted by Kim.

Luckhardt is associate director of bands and conductor of the Symphonic Band, Chamber Winds and New Music Ensemble at the University Of Minnesota. He is also professor of conducting and coordinates all aspects of the undergraduate conducting curriculum. The scope of Luckhardt's conducting background complements his ensemble accomplishments.

He has appeared as a guest conductor and clinician with ensembles around the nation in Europe and Asia. He has earned acclaim from composers including Michael Colgrass, Shelley Hanson, Libby Larsen, Robert Xavier Rodriguez and Judith Lang Zaimont for performances of their works. Luckhardt holds memberships in the College Band Directors National Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the Minnesota Band Directors Association, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Luckhardt is conductor and artistic director of the Encore Wind Ensemble of Minneapolis and the conductor of the Medalist Concert Band of Bloomington.

Kim is the founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, which this year celebrates its 14th anniversary. At the University Of Minnesota, Kim co-directs the New Music Ensemble, which he founded in 2005, and teaches studio violin. He was named the university's Distinguished McKnight Scholar in 1999 and received a Presidential Outstanding Community Service Award in 2000. In December 2001 he was one of six -- and the only musician --"Artist of the Year" honorees chosen by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The UI Center for New Music was founded in 1966 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The center promotes the performance of new music by providing a core group of specialists in contemporary performance techniques. Its programming has included world premieres as well as acknowledged contemporary masterworks.

The Center for New Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit their web site at

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