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Nov. 29, 2011

At A Glance

Violinist Conklin will be joined by pianists Huckleberry and Sifford Dec. 5

Violinist Scott Conklin, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by pianists Jason Sifford and faculty colleague Alan Huckleberry in a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will be: "The Hope Moment" by Ching-chu Hu; "Sueños de Chambi: Snapshots for an Andean Album" by Gabriela Lena Frank; "Infinite Morning" by Joel Puckett; Conklin's transcription of "Waitin'" by William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein; "The Fire Hose Reel" by Evan Chambers; "The Fisherman's Song" by Chen Yi; and "Passages" by Ethan Wickman.

Conklin and Huckleberry collaborated on the critically acclaimed CD "Violinguistics: American Voices," including works on this recital program, and the duo recently toured Germany. Conklin has also recorded other works by both Ching-Chu Hu and Joel Puckett, who have written works for Conklin and dedicated them to him.

Read biographies of Conklin and Huckleberry at


University and Concert Bands share concert at the UI Dec. 5

The University and Concert Bands of the University of Iowa School of Music will share a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in the Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom.

The University Band, featuring students conductors Marc Decker, Ernest Jennings, and Steven Riley, and percussionist Oliver Molina, will perform "Concord" by Clare Grundman, "Crystals" by Thomas Duffy, "Fortress" by Frank Ticheli, "Xylophonia" by Joseph Green, and the "Florentiner March" by Julius Fučík.

The Concert Band is directed by Hawkeye Marching Band conductor Kevin Kastens, and this concert will also feature student conductors Carter Biggers and Riley.
The program will be "Dynamica" by Jan Van der Roost, "Pageant" by Vincent Persichetti, English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Russian Christmas Music by Alfred Reed.

Read a biography of Kastens at


The University of Iowa Chamber Winds will perform Dec. 7

The Chamber Winds of the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert, directed by student conductors Oliver Molina, Steven Riley, Ernest Jennings, Carter Biggers, and Marc Decker, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will feature "Asclepius," Fanfare for Brass and Percussion by Michael Daugherty; Petite Symphonie, Op. 90, by Charles Gounod; Grave et Presto by Jean Rivier, performed by the UI Saxophone Quartet; Scherzo alla Marcia from Symphony No. 8 by Ralph Vaughan Williams; and Variations on an Advent Hymn by Fisher Tull.

Daugherty, who grew up in Cedar Rapids and now teaches at the University of Michigan, won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition, and his "Used Car Salesman" was commissioned by Hancher Auditorium and premiered there by the Ethos Percussion Group, featuring UI School of Music alumnus Yousif Sheronick.


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