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Feb. 26, 2009

Clarinetist Mead's March 10 program runs from Brazilian to Brahms

Maurita Murphy Mead, the clarinet professor in the University of Iowa School of Music and a performer of widely diverse styles, will join with several of her UI colleagues for a free faculty recital, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the UI campus.

For the March 10 recital, Mead will share the stage with percussionist Dan Moore, saxophonist Kenneth Tse, bassist Volkan Orhon and the Maia String Quartet. Moore, Tse and Orhon teach their respective performance areas in the School of Music, and the players in the Maia Quartet -- violinists Tricia Park and Zoran Jakovcic, violist Elizabeth Oakes and cellist Hannah Holman -- are all members of the School of Music faculty.

A classically trained musician who is a long-time member of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet and has played with major artists including the Cleveland Quartet, Mead has also immersed herself in jazz and Brazilian styles, with recitals and CDs in various genres. She spent a sabbatical from the university in Brazil for research and performance of popular and romantic music, particularly the uniquely Brazilian style known as "choros."

"The program runs from Brazilian to Brahms," Mead said. "I find that they are equally passionate in style."

Mead and Moore will open the concert with two Brazilian pieces for clarinet and marimba arranged by Moore, "Saudades de Matao" (Souvenirs of Matao) by Galati and Silva and "Peguei Un 'ita' no Norte" (I caught an 'ita' in the north) by Dorival Caymmi.

Mead and Tse will perform the Duo Sonata for clarinet and saxophone by Gregory Wanamaker, who teaches composition and music theory at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York, Potsdam. Known for exploring the unique sound qualities of instruments, Wanamaker's music uses styles commonly associated with works of earlier eras and contemporary popular music. For more about the composer visit or

 "The Wanamaker piece is real jazzy," Mead commented. "The last of the four movements is titled 'Arrival (the Blues),' and honestly, it's the coolest thing to play, especially with saxophone."

Another jazzy piece on the program will be "Benny's Gig" by Morton Gould, named for famed jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman, which Mead will play with Orhon.

Finally, Mead and the Maia Quartet will perform Johannes Brahms' Quintet for clarinet and strings, op. 115. One of his last works, Brahms' quintet was composed in 1891 and dedicated to the clarinetist Richard Mühlfeld. Inspired by and modeled on Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, K.581, Brahms' Op. 115 has a similar atmosphere of serenity colored by warm melodies, as well as a wonderful interplay among the five players.

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

An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic, multipercussion and electronic instruments, he is considered a "total percussionist." He joined the UI music faculty in 1996 as only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI. For more information visit

Tse joined the UI faculty in the fall of 2002. As a Yamaha performing artist and Vandoren endorsed artist, Tse is an active international performer and clinician. He has given performances and master classes in many parts of Asia, Europe and the United States. For more information visit or

Orhon joined the UI faculty in the fall of 2002. His professional career spans a wide variety of solo, orchestral and chamber music performing and teaching across the country and around the world. Among other honors, he was the first double bass player ever to win the Grand Prize overall and first prize for double bass at the American String Teachers Association Solo Competition. For moreinformation visit or

The resident string quartet at the UI School of Music since 1998, the Maia Quartet has established itself nationally with performances in major concert halls including Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre in Washington, D.C., and Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival. More information, including photos and bios of the individual members of the quartet, can be found at http://

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