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Nov. 26, 2008

University and Concert Bands will share concert program Dec. 10

The University and Concert Bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will share a concert, wrapping up their fall semester activities, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Main Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

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.

The complete program for the Concert Band will comprise four works:

--"Flourish for Glorious John" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, transcribed for wind band by John Boyd.
--"Festival Sinfonia" by Roland Barrett.
--"Symphonic Suite" by Clifton Williams, featuring guest conductor Matthew Wanken, a graduate student in the School of Music.
--"Variants on A Mediaeval Tune" by Norman Dello Joio .

One of the classic American works for winds, Williams' "Symphonic Suite" was commissioned in 1957 for the 25th anniversary of the San Antonio Symphony. Later scored for concert band, the composition was presented the Ostwald Award by the American Bandmasters Association. The suite has five movements: The solemn opening "Intrada"; "Chorale," which is introduced by the brass section; "March," based on the work's introductory fanfare; "Antique Dance," scored for flute with percussion accompaniment; and "Jubilee," which concludes the suite in an energetic manner and recalls music from the preceding movements.

Dello Joio's first original work written for the band medium, "Variants on a Medieval Tune" is based on the hymn "In Dulci Jubilo" (In sweet rejoicing). A traditional Christmas carol, the tune is well known in J.S. Bach's chorale prelude setting and many other versions. Dello Joio's score consists of a brief introduction and five variants that send the melody through five true metamorphoses, strongly contrasting in tempo and character.

The University Band is conducted by UI graduate teaching assistant Michael Hart. Their program for the concert will be:

--"Kirkpatrick Fanfare" by UI alumnus Andrew Boysen.
--Rhapsody for Euphonium and Concert Band by James Curnow, featuring UI graduate student Christopher Dickey as soloist.
--"Overture for Winds" by Charles Carter with graduate student Duane Warfield as guest conductor.
--"Ave Maria" by Franz Biebl, a choral work that has become popular in several versions, including the one for winds.
--"Fairest of the Fair," a march by John Phillip Sousa.

Boysen is on the music faculty of the University of New Hampshire and maintains an active schedule as a composer, guest conductor and clinician. The "Kirkpatrick Fanfare" was commissioned by Central Missouri State University for the dedication of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library. The rhythmically driving fanfare has a definite Irish flavor, including a strain of the popular melody known in this country as "Danny Boy."

One of the leading American composers for band, Curnow has taught instrumental music in both the public schools and on the college and university level, including the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He wrote the Rhapsody for Euphonium and Concert Band as a teaching piece for his own euphonium students and dedicated the score to the memory of his teacher, Leonard Falcone, director emeritus of bands at Michigan State University.

Kastens joined the UI faculty as director of the Hawkeye Marching Band in 1998. He also directs the Concert Band, and teaches band arranging and marching band techniques. He has presented workshops and clinics and appeared as guest conductor throughout the Midwest and Canada. For more information visit

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

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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