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Oct. 4, 2007

Composers Workshop will present new music by UI students Oct. 14

The University of Iowa Composers Workshop will present a free concert of new works by student composers at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The Composers Workshop is a collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music. It is devoted to the performance of music written at the UI and aims to foster greater co-operation and interplay between composers and performers in the Iowa City area. The workshop is directed by David Gompper, professor of music in the Theory and Composition Department of the School of Music and director of the Center for New Music.

The program for the concert will feature five new works by UI graduate students:

--"Intermedia #1" by doctoral student Sandy Nordahl, an experimental work that explores the possibilities of live improvised synthesizer performance with live real-time video projections, performed by the composer.

--"Joint Venture" for saxophone duo (2007) by doctoral student John C. Griffin. The score is based on traditional folk melodies that reflect the respective Polish and Japanese heritages of performers Jason Laczkoski and Mikiko Kanemitsu. The first movement is an expansion of a slow and contemplative Japanese melody. The second movement is inspired by an up-tempo Polish folk song, and the third employs both melodies, with the first half presenting the Polish theme in the style of the Japanese song, and the second half presenting the Japanese theme in the style of the Polish song. By the end, the two themes have become intertwined with one another.

--"In a Shrinking Room" (2007) for clarinet and marimba by undergraduate student Brian Lenth. The piece makes frequent use of echoes and imitative textures between the two instruments. The "shrinking room" is depicted in the final section of the piece, when the echo becomes metrically closer to its "source" with each repetition of the melody.

--Piano Study No. 2 (2003) by Jonathan Tauscheck, a doctoral student in piano performance at the UI, performed by the composer. This work was composed in 2003 while the composer was learning Prokofiev's Sixth Piano Sonata. "The study definitely reflects the Russian nationalist tradition with its nonlyrical melodic lines and large-scale dissonant chords," Tauscheck wrote.

--"Diva Tango" (2006) for two sopranos, flute, oboe, violin and piano by Daniel Roeder, a graduate student in composition. "'Diva Tango' was written as a response to an attitude within the music community (of) self-glorification," Roeder notes. "We all have encountered a diva or two, whether it was on stage, in the practice room, in a student, or even an instructor. . . . The piece explores that fine line between humility and haughtiness."

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