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Sept. 15, 2008

Iowa Woodwind Quintet leads a musical world tour Sept. 20

From Chinese folk tunes to Brazilian dances, the Iowa Woodwind Quintet will weave a story through music from around the world when the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) kicks off its 10th anniversary Saturday Scholars series at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in Room 40 of Schaeffer Hall, the southeast building on the UI Pentacrest.

The lecture, "Around the World with the Iowa Woodwind Quintet," will be free and open to the public.

This lecture will feature a performance and discussion of music from countries where the members of the quintet have performed and taught, and countries they have only visited through music: Russia, Brazil, China, Cuba, France, Africa, Hungary, England and the United States.

Saturday Scholars was developed to give the public a chance to hear about the latest teaching and research innovations by faculty members in the college. The sessions last about an hour, including a 20-30 minute presentation followed by time for questions. Refreshments are served. Additional information is available at

During the 10th anniversary of the Saturday Scholars series, some of CLAS's top scholars will share their expertise in a range of academic fields and subjects. In addition to the musical tour, the subjects will include photography of New York City, how naturally occurring chemicals can be useful or toxic, and how the media covers health issues.

The remaining events in the 2008 "Saturday Scholars" series are:

--Sept. 27: "Chromosomes Caught in the Battle of the Sexes: Advantage Female," presented by Bryant McAllister, Department of Biology.
--Oct. 11: "The Kiowa Ledger Artist: Insight into a Special Culture," presented by Jacki Rand, Department of History.
--Oct. 18: "Photography and Place: New York Narratives," presented by Margaret Stratton, School of Art and Art History.
--Oct. 25: "Chemicals from Nature: Toxins to Treatments," presented by James Gloer, Department of Chemistry.
--Nov. 1: "Medicine vs. the Media," presented by Julie Andsager, School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
--Nov. 15: "New Iowa Writers: Readings by Students," presented by Jae Choi, Iowa Writers' Workshop; Hali Felt, Nonfiction Writing Program; Gabriel Houck, Nonfiction Writing Program; and Ted Thompson, Iowa Writers' Workshop.

For more information on the series, visit

The Iowa Woodwind Quintet has been in existence at the UI School of Music since about 1932. Its current members -- Nicole Esposito, flute; Mark Weiger, oboe; Maurita Murphy Mead, clarinet; Kristin Thelander, horn; and Benjamin Coelho, bassoon -- are all members of the UI School of Music faculty.

Esposito joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 2007. She has achieved a career as a soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician on an international level and has been a featured soloist and recitalist at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Detroit Institute for the Arts, the Musikhochschule- Wuppertal, Germany, and the North American Cultural Center of Costa Rica. For more information visit

Since coming to Iowa in 1988 Weiger has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, Austria, France and Italy, presented two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, been a finalist in nine international competitions and won First Prize in the Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition (NY). For more information visit

Mead has been the artist performer and teacher of clarinet at the UI School of Music since 1983. She has performed by invitation at International Clarinet Association conferences, the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the National Clarinet Symposium of Brazil and the College Band Directors National Association conference. She has been principal clarinet of several Midwestern orchestras, including the Cedar Rapids Symphony. For more information visit

Thelander joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989 and was elected director of the School of Music in 2000. Active as both soloist and chamber musician, she continues to perform as a member of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet. For more information visit

A member of the UI faculty since 1998, Coelho has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher and clinician in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Portugal, France, Romania, Australia, Canada and Czech Republic. As a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, he performed on concert tours throughout the United States. For more information visit

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in advance at 319-335-2610.

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),