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Nov. 21, 2007

University and Concert Bands will share concert program Dec. 5

The University and Concert Bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will share a concert, wrapping up their fall semester activities, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their joint concert will be free and open to the public.

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.

Featured soloist with the Concert Band will be percussionist Dan Moore, head of the percussion area of the School of Music. Graduate student Ward Miller will be guest conductor for one work.

The complete program for the Concert Band will comprise six works:

--"Fanfare and Flourishes For a Festive Occasion" by James Curnow.

--"An Original Suite" by Gordon Jacob with Miller conducting.

--"Assault," a rudimental solo for snare drum with band by Dick Schory, with Moore, as snare drum soloist.

--"Chicken Reel" by Harry Breuer, arranged by Kastens, with Moore as xylophone soloist.

--"Four Scottish Dances," op. 59 (1957) by Malcolm Arnold, arranged for concert band by John P. Paynter.

--"Russian Christmas Music" by Alfred Reed.

Schory was born in Chicago and grew up in Ames, Iowa. After studies at Northwestern University, he founded a percussion ensemble known as the Percussion Pops Orchestra, of which Thomas L. Davis, UI emeritus professor of percussion, was a charter member. From 1958 to 1965, Schory and the Percussion Pops Orchestra were major recording artists for the RCA company and regularly toured the country.

Rudimental drumming is a technique for playing snare drum that is based on a series of named rhythmic patterns that are used to construct the complex drum sequences heard in parades and performances by marching bands and drum corps. A sensationally difficult solo, "Assault" was originally written for Frank Arsenault, a champion rudimental snare drummer who also served as equipment manager and truck driver for the Percussion Pops Orchestra.

"Russian Christmas Music" is based in part on a traditional Russian Christmas song, "Carol of the Little Russian Children," as well as elements derived from liturgical music of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The music is vocal in origin, as no instruments of any kind are permitted in the Orthodox Service. Although the work is cast in the form of a single, continuous movement, four distinct sections may easily be recognized. The composer has subtitled these sections "Children's Carol," "Antiphonal Chant," "Village Song" and the closing "Cathedral Chorus."

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

--"Königsmarsch" (Royal march) by Richard Strauss, arranged for modern concert band by Roger Barrett.

--"English Folk Song Suite" by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

--"Blessed Are They" from "Ein Deutsches Requiem" (A German requiem) by Johannes Brahms, arranged by Barbara Buehlman.

--"Midway March" from the movie "Midway," by John Williams, arranged for band by James Curnow.

-- the Symphony No. 1, "In Memoriam, Dresden, Germany, 1945" by Daniel J. Bukvich.

--"Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just" by J.S. Bach, arranged for chorus and winds by James Croft.

Originally composed for piano in 1906, the "Königsmarsch" will be performed with additional fanfare trumpets, field drums, and the Clapp Recital Hall pipe organ.

On the night of February 13, 1945, Allied air forces fire-bombed the undefended German city of Dresden. With the city swollen to almost twice its normal population by the flow of refugees fleeing the advancing Russian Army, the resulting Dresden "fire storm" killed approximately 150,000 men, women, and children. Bukvich's symphony is a contemporary musical score that aims to establish the mood and activity of the disaster while reflecting on the religious and artistic heritage of Dresden.

Members of UI choral organizations will join the University Band for the Bach chorale "Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just," programmed to bring closure and assurance after the Bukvich Symphony.

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 the Iowa Summer Music Camps. He has presented workshops and clinics and appeared as guest conductor throughout the Midwest and Canada. For more information see:

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 at least once each semester. For more information on UI bands, visit their Web page at http://www/

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kevin Kastens, UI Bands, 319-335-1635,; Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072 (office), 319-541-2846 (cell),