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April 9, 2009

Philharmonia, All-University String Orchestra to share concert program April 26

Two orchestras from the University of Iowa School of Music will share the program of a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in the Main Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus.

The concert, featuring the Philharmonia and the All-University String Orchestra, will be led by four graduate students in the School of Music. Each conductor will lead one piece with each orchestra. All four are conducting students of William LaRue Jones, director of orchestral studies at the UI. Benjamin Coelho, bassoon, and David Greenhoe, trumpet, School of Music faculty members, will appear as soloists.

"The concert on April 26 features a program with a uniquely American modern twist," said Jeremy Starr, orchestra manager and one of the four conductors on the concert. "Five compositions on the program were written in the United States during the 20th and 21st centuries. The All-University String Orchestra will play Cindy McTee's poignant 'Adagio,' written after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the charming 'Traveling' for harp and string orchestra by Iowa City resident Michael Kimber.

"The Philharmonia Orchestra will present Aaron Copland's energetic 'Three Latin-American Sketches,' Clare Grundman's 'American Folk Rhapsody No. 1' and a concerto Hindemith wrote while he lived in the United States in 1949.

"All pieces have been rewarding and a source of growth for students in both orchestras, giving them experience of playing recent works and the many challenges they entail."

The concert will open with the performance by the All-University String Orchestra. Their full program will be:

--The Sinfonia concertante in C major by Luigi Boccherini; Christopher Fashun, conductor.
--Adagio by Cindy McTee; Jeremy Starr, conductor.
--"Traveling" by Michael Kimber; Yuichi Ura, conductor.
--Symphony in C major by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach; Andrea Molina, conductor.

After intermission, the Philharmonia Orchestra will play:

--The Overture to "Le Calife de Bagdad" (The caliph of Bagdad) by François Boieldieu; Christopher Fashun, conductor.
--"Three Latin-American Sketches" by Aaron Copland; Andrea Molina, conductor.
--"American Folk Rhapsody No. 1: Four American Folk Songs" by Clare Grundman; Yuichi Ura, conductor.
--Concerto for Trumpet, Bassoon, and String Orchestra by Paul Hindemith, with Coelho and Greenhoe as soloists and Jeremy Starr, conductor.

One of four major orchestral ensembles in the UI School of Music, the Philharmonia, features an expandable instrumentation that allows for a variety of repertoire from Classical to contemporary composers. Designed for undergraduate students, Philharmonia presents two or more concerts each semester and is conducted by graduate conducting majors in the School of Music.

The All-University String Orchestra (AUSO) is designed specifically for nonmusic majors who wish to continue playing their string instrument while studying at the UI and includes students from diverse academic pursuits throughout the university. The AUSO performs one concert per semester as well as various community service performances.

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 http://

Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass area at the UI and plays first trumpet in the UI Iowa Brass Quintet. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Greenhoe was a member of Frederick Fennell's famed Eastman Wind Ensemble and Howard Hanson's Eastman Philharmonia, and was later soloist with "The President's Own" -- the U.S. Marine Band in Washington D.C. For more information 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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