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Jan. 25, 2008

Faculty trombonist David Gier presents Feb. 7 concert at the UI

David Gier, trombone faculty member at the University of Iowa School of Music, will share the stage with several of his faculty colleagues to present his instrument in solo and chamber music settings, on a faculty recital at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Appearing with Gier on the free recital will be faculty members Alan Huckleberry, piano; Mark Weiger, oboe; Scott Conklin, violin; and Volkan Orhon, bass.

Gier will open the recital with four pieces for trombone with piano: "Monuments" by Rob Deemer, composed last year; arrangements of two English songs -- "Money, O!" by Michael Head and "Silent Noon" by Ralph Vaughan Williams; and the Concertpiece No. 5 by Vladislav Blazhevich.

Two chamber-music settings will complete the program: the world premiere of the Trio for oboe, trombone and double bass by former UI faculty member John Berners; and the Sonata a 3 by Baroque composer Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, performed by violin, oboe, trombone and basso continuo.

Gier teaches trombone and brass chamber music in the UI School of Music, and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet. He has performed with professional ensembles in New England and is currently principal trombonist of the Quad City Symphony and the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater. He spends the summer as principal trombone of the Breckenridge Festival Orchestra in Colorado. For more information:

An active solo pianist and chamber musician, Huckleberry joined the UI faculty in 2003. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and the United States. He is also a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including the first prizes in the German National Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition. For more information:

Biographical information on the other performers may be found on the UI School of Music faculty Web page:

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