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Feb. 27, 2008

University and Concert Bands will share concert program March 10

The University and Concert Bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will share a concert program starting at 8 p.m. Monday, March 10, 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. Kastens and the Concert Band will perform four works on the March 10 concert:

--a band transcription of "Procession of the Nobles" from the opera "Mlada" by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
--"A Dakota Rhapsody," a new work composed in 2007 by Mark Camphouse.
--"Sandburg Reflections" by Lewis Buckley, performed under the direction of Trevor Loes and featuring mezzo-soprano Vivien Shotwell.
--"Machu Picchu -- City in the Sky" by Satoshi Yagisawa.

"A Dakota Rhapsody" was commissioned and premiered by the South Dakota Intercollegiate Band in March 2007. The composer writes of his "sincere hope that conductors, players and audiences alike will both hear and feel a quintessentially American pioneering spirit" in his work.

"Sandburg Reflections," settings of four texts by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Sandburg, was composed for the 2002 Midwest Clinic performance of the U.S. Coast Guard Band. Loes and Shotwell are both graduate students in the UI School of Music.

Yagisawa wrote of his "Machu Picchu -- City in the Sky": "I wished to musically describe that magnificent citadel and trace some of the mysteries sealed in Machu Picchu's past. Three principal ideas dominate the piece: the shimmering golden city of Cuzco set in the dramatic scenery of the Andes, the destructiveness of the violent invasion (by Francisco Pizarro) and the re-emergence of Incan glory as the City in the Sky again reached for the sun."

The University Band performs under the direction of UI graduate assistant Ward Miller. They will play five works on the March 10 concert:

--March "The Florentiner" by Julius Fucik.
--"Satiric Dances: for a comedy by Aristophones" by Norman Dello Joio.
-- the Prelude and Fugue in B-flat by J.S. Bach, in a band arrangement by Roland Moehlmann.
-- "Fortress" by Frank Ticheli.
--"Alleluia! Laudamus Te" by Alfred Reed.

A descendant of Italian church organists, Dello Joio became a organist and choir director of the Star of the Sea Church on City Island, N.Y., in 1927, when he was only 14. Throughout his career he wrote several works for concert band. The "Satiric Dances" exemplifies his interest in the music and art of the past.

A professor of composition at the University of Southern California, Ticheli is well known for his works for concert band. He has appeared as guest conductor of his music at Carnegie Hall, at many American universities and music festivals, and in cities throughout the world. One of his earliest compositions for band, "Fortress" is based on motives that are repeated and distributed throughout the ensemble

Reed, who died in 2005, is one of America's most frequently performed composers. He published more than 200 works for concert band, wind ensemble, orchestra, chorus and chamber ensemble. "Alleluia! Laudamus Te" (Alleluia! Let us praise you) is subtitled "A Celebration Hymn."

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, 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

The School of Music is part 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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