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Oct. 3, 2008

UI Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert at West High Oct. 12

The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of William LaRue Jones, will open its 2008-09 season with a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in the Auditorium of West High School on Melrose Avenue on the west side of Iowa City.

The concert will feature music faculty member Christine Rutledge as soloist in a performance of Michael Kimber's "Evocations for viola and orchestra," which she premiered in 2006. Other works on the program will be "Rounds for String Orchestra" by David Diamond and the Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Because of the closure of the Voxman Music Building and Hancher Auditorium following the record floods in June, the School of Music does not have access to many of its usual performance venues during the 2008-09 season. The university's orchestras are currently holding rehearsals and performances at West High School.

A resident of Iowa City, Kimber has enjoyed an active career as violist, teacher and composer. He currently teaches viola at Coe College and plays in the Cedar Rapids and Quad Cites symphonies.

Kimber's music has been performed throughout the United States and abroad. Listeners of Iowa Public Radio may be familiar with his "Traveling Music," which is routinely heard as the theme music for its "Symphonies of Iowa" program. For more, see Kimber's Web page

"Evocations" was commissioned by the Iowa City Community String Orchestra and was premiered by Rutledge and the orchestra in 2006. The work is in three movements, the last of which is a driving perpetual motion for the soloist, whose running notes continue even as the orchestra brings back the folk-like opening theme of the first movement.

One of the most important American composers of the mid-20th century, Diamond spent most of his career as an expatriate in France and Italy. Nevertheless, his works were championed by American orchestras, including the Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. One of his most frequently played works, 'Rounds for String Orchestra' was commissioned by conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos and received its first performance by the Minneapolis Symphony in 1944.

Mozart's G-minor Symphony is one of the best known and most admired works of the classical era. Together with No. 39 in E-flat major and No. 40 in C major ("Jupiter"), it was one of three symphonies written during the summer of 1788. It was long believed that all three works -- Mozart's final three symphonies -- had been written for purely artistic reasons, since no contemporary performances had been documented. More recent research, however, has suggested that it is more likely that the three symphonies were written for a specific occasion -- either one that is simply not documented, or one that fell through.

Rutledge joined the UI faculty in 1998. She is a graduate of the UI School of Music, where she studied with William Preucil. She has appeared as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player throughout the United States and abroad. For more information see

A UI music alumnus, Jones joined the faculty of the School of Music in 1997 as director of the University Symphony and director of orchestral studies. The founding director of the internationally recognized Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., Jones has appeared as a guest conductor with professional, festival, collegiate and student ensembles throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. See

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 Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072 (office) 319-541-2846 (cell),