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Jan. 25, 2008

Consortium of Midwest universities will present new music Feb. 8 and 9

The MidWest Composers Symposium -- a consortium made up of the composition departments from the University of Iowa, the University of Cincinnati, Indiana University and the University of Michigan -- will bring a series of concerts by student composers at the four schools to the UI School of Music Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9.

The concerts will present works in a variety of musical media, including several world premieres. The concerts, all free and open to the public, will be at the following times and locations on the UI campus:

--8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in Clapp Recital Hall (CRH).

--10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in CRH.

--2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in CRH.

--4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in CRH.

--8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in Harper Hall, Voxman Music Building.

The performances will be presented by the UI Center for New Music (CNM) and School of Music. Performers will include students and faculty in the School of Music, and performers affiliated with the CNM, which is directed by David Gompper.

The majority of the works are for small instrumental ensembles. The opening concert, on Friday evening, is for chamber orchestra and larger mixed ensembles. The other programs feature various chamber groups -- from woodwind quintet and piano trio to saxophone quartets and a variety of non-standard combinations -- as well as pieces for solo piano and electronic works.

The complete schedule of the symposium, including the programs of all the concerts and program notes for the music, is available online, at

The purpose of the MidWest Composers Symposium is to allow students to have contact with other composers at nearby institutions, and to foster connections and self-identity. The symposium was begun in 1948 with four Big Ten schools -- Iowa, Northwestern, Illinois and Michigan. Over the years, the membership has changed, with Cincinnati replacing Oberlin College just this year.

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, see

A flexible organization devoted to the presentation of the music of the past 100 years, the CNM is 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. For more information, see the CNM Web site at

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

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: David Gompper, UI Center for New Music,; Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072 (office), 319-541-2846 (cell),