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Oct. 17, 2008

Photo: The full Iowa Woodwind Quintet

Iowa Woodwind Quintet minus one, plus one, will give concert Oct. 29

Four members of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet will be joined by pianist Rene Lecuona to present a concert of chamber music for winds at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber on the University of Iowa Pentacrest. The concert will be free and open to the public.

Because of the closure of the Voxman Music Building 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 Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol is one of the performance spaces that will house faculty recitals and other performances through the year.

A faculty ensemble, the Iowa Woodwind Quintet has been in existence at the UI School of Music since about 1932. Performing on Oct. 29 will be Nicole Esposito, flute; Maurita Murphy Mead, clarinet; Kristin Thelander, horn; and Benjamin Coelho, bassoon. Oboist Mark Weiger is on sabbatical leave for the fall semester.

Featuring duos, trios and quartets -- but no quintets -- the program will be:
-- Quartet no. 1 in F major  for flute, clarinet, bassoon and horn by Gioacchino Rossini;
-- Three Pieces for flute, clarinet and bassoon by Walter Piston;
-- "Bachianas brasileiras" No. 6 for flute and bassoon by Heitor Villa-Lobos; and
-- Trio in G minor for clarinet, bassoon and piano by William Hurlstone.

Since joining the UI faculty in 1990, Lecuona has performed solo and chamber music throughout the United States and South America, in Mexico and in the Caribbean. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall in 1993 with her UI faculty colleague mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle and has also performed in the Goodman Hall at Lincoln Center with soprano Rachel Joselson, also from the UI faculty. For more:

Biographies of the individual members of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet may be found on the School of Music Web page, at

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