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Jan. 15, 2008

UI Symphony Band plays Carnegie Hall March 19

Ticket orders are now being accepted for the University of Iowa Symphony Band's performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. The event honors UI conductor Myron Welch, professor of music and director of bands, who is retiring after conducting bands at Iowa for 28 years.

This will be the first time the 75-member UI Symphony Band will play in Carnegie Hall, the premier classical music performance space in the United States. The performance will be in the 2,804-seat Isaac Stern Auditorium, the largest and most historically significant hall at Carnegie.

"The students and I are truly excited to showcase the UI School of Music and Symphony Band and feature alumnus Louis Hanzlik, at Carnegie Hall, one of the world's greatest concert halls," said Welch (photo, left). "Alumni and friends in the New York City area will be able to join the Alumni Association as they present yet another area of excellence at the University of Iowa. Throughout my years here, I have marveled at the quality of the students, professors, and ensembles. Please join us for a wonderful evening of great band music as we celebrate Iowa in New York City."

A post-performance reception, hosted by the UI Alumni Association, will allow guests to meet and greet Welch, Hanzlik and members of the UI Symphony Band.

Tickets range from $20 to $45 for the performance and $55 for the reception. Visit the UI Alumni Association at for ticket order forms, as well as complete program notes.

Land-only travel packages for the performance are available through the UIAA's Iowa Voyagers. Packages include hotel accommodations for three nights, airport transfers, a three-course meal before the concert in Carnegie Hall, and tickets for the performance and reception. Visit for further details.

The program includes "Festmusik der Stadt Wien" by Richard Strauss, "Korean Dances" by Chang Su Koh and Symphony No. 4 by David Maslanka. UI graduate Hanzlik, trumpet, will be guest performer for the Symphony Band's performance of the Concerto for Trumpet by Alexander Arutiunian.

Welch has been director of bands at the UI since 1980 and is a Collegiate Fellow in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The past president of the American Bandmasters Association, the Big 10 Band Directors Association and the Iowa Bandmasters Association, Welch is a frequent guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician with bands throughout the United States. See for a complete bio.

Hanzlik (photo, right) is a trumpeter based in New York City, where he is active as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator. A member of the Atlantic Brass Quintet since 2002, he performs with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, Orpheus, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, among others. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the UI in 1998, later graduating from the Juilliard School. See for a complete bio.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music Web site at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Susan Griffith, UI Alumni Association, 319-335-3302,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,