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April 24, 2008

Concerts will be held May 4 and 5 by new music ensembles from UI and Wisconsin

Concerts at the University of Iowa by the UI Center for New Music (CNM) and the University of Wisconsin Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (CCE) -- at 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, May 4 and 5, in Clapp Recital Hall -- will be part of a three-way exchange of concerts among the contemporary performing ensembles of those two schools and the University of Minnesota.

Both concerts will be free and open to the public.

This year marks the third year of a rotating series of concerts on the three campuses. "We are making this an annual event," David Gompper, director of the CNM, commented.

"The tour represents an exciting opportunity for students in all three schools to make performance connections within the Midwest region and take part in a series of collaborations and exchanges among new music ensembles at peer institutions."

Several of the exchange concerts have already been performed. The final concert of the exchange will take place May 8 when the UI CNM perform at the University of Minnesota.

Sunday's concert by the UI CNM Ensemble under Gompper's direction will feature works by UI alumnus Joseph Dangerfield and current UI student John Griffin, among others. The complete program will be:

--"Tulips" for soprano and chamber ensemble by Curtis Curtis-Smith.
--Two Songs for soprano and chamber orchestra by Anton Webern.
--Concertino for piano and chamber ensemble by John Griffin.
--Concerto for clarinet and chamber orchestra by Noel Zahler.
--"Winter Rites" for cello and chamber ensemble by Joseph Dangerfield.

Soloists featured in the performances will be soprano Michelle Crouch in the Curtis-Smith and Webern pieces; pianist Sung-Hee Lee in Griffin's piece; clarinetist Michael Norsworthy for the Zahler; and cellist Anthony Arnone for the Dangerfield.

Arnone has been a member of the UI School of Music faculty since 2001. A founding member of the Meriden Trio and the Sedgwick String Quartet, he was principal cellist of the Madison Symphony in Wisconsin, 1996-2001. He has taught and performed across the country. For more information on Arnone, see

Norsworthy is a member of Ensemble 21 in New York, the Manhattan Sinfonietta and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. An acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, he is artist in residence at Harvard University with the ensemble White Rabbit and the Harvard Group for New Music and serves on the faculties of The Boston Conservatory and Columbia University.

Complete biographical information and program notes for the CNM concert are available at

On Monday the Wisconsin CCE, performing under the direction of Laura Schwendinger, will perform works by Libby Larsen, who ranks as one of America's best-known living composers, and Astor Piazzolla, the Argentine creator of the "Nuevo Tango" (New Tango). The complete program will be:

--"Secret Ground" for flute, clarinet, violin and cello by Judith Shatin.
--"Peripeteia" for violin, clarinet and cello by Richard Festinger.
--Larsen's "Try Me Good King: Last Words of the Wives of Henry VIII," a group of songs or soprano and piano.
--Three selections from "Los Tangueros" for two pianos by Astor Piazzolla.

For program notes for the UW ECC performance, visit

The Center for New Music is a flexible organization devoted to the presentation of the music of the past 100 years. Part of the UI Division of Performing Arts, the center supports its own performing ensemble, including both faculty and students of the School of Music, and presents concerts of recent music by guest artists.

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 on Gompper, see . More information about the Center for New Music is available at

Schwendinger teaches composition at the UW, Madison, School of Music. Her compositions have been performed on tour by Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish, at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Theatre Chatelet in Paris, National Arts Center in Canada and at the Tanglewood and Ojai Music Festivals. For more information on Schwendinger, see

The School of Music and the Center for New Music are units of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the UI School of Music Web site at

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