CNM Concert Season 38

David Gompper, Director
Joseph Dangerfield, R.A.

Concert II

Notes & Bios

 Olivier Messiaen

 Susan Bender
 Dennis Eppich
 Mark Weiger
 Patricia von Blumröder
 Kristin Thelander
 Delbert Disselhorst
 Wolfgang David
 Ketty Nez
 David Gompper





Celebrating Messiaen

Harper Hall
Friday, March 26, 2004, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Clapp Recital Hall
Sunday, March 28, 2004, 8:00 p.m.


  Trois Mélodies (1930)
    I. Pourquoi?
    II. Le sourire
    III. La fiancée perdue
Susan Bender,  soprano
Dennis Eppich,  piano

  Pièce for oboe and piano (1945)
Mark Weiger, oboe
David Gompper, piano

  Études de rythme (1949-50)
    I. Neumes rythmiques
Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus (1944)
    XIV. Regards des Anges
Catalogue d'oiseaux (1956-58)
    Book VII: 13. Le Courlis cendré (The Curlew)
Patricia von Blumröder,  piano


  Des Canyons aux Étoiles (1971-74)
    Part II: 6. Appel interstellaire
Kristin Thelander,  horn

  Messe de la Pentecôte (1950)
    IV. Communion (Les oiseaux et les sources)
        "Springs of water, bless the Lord; birds of the sky, bless the Lord"
            (Song of the Three Children, Daniel 3)
    V. Sortie (Le vent de l'Esprit)
        "A rushing wind filled all the House" (Acts 2:2)
Delbert Disselhorst,  organ

  Thème et Variations (1932)
Wolfgang David,  violin
David Gompper,  piano

  Oiseaux exotiques (1956)
Ketty Nez,  piano

Center for New Music Ensemble

Lisa Bost,  piccolo
Bruno C. Faria,  flute
Brian Vanderschaaf,  oboe
Christine Bellomy,  E-flat clarinet
Heather Gozdan,  clarinet
Jennifer L. Heacock,  clarinet
Carl Collins,  bass clarinet
Shaye Bowman,  bassoon
Fritzgerald Barrau,  trumpet
R. Patrick Creel,  horn
Michael Helman,  horn
Michael Masengarb,  xylophone
Virginia Armstrong,  glockenspiel
Raymond Mietus,  percussion
Kevin Nichols,  percussion
Michael Thursby,  percussion

David Gompper,  conductor



Soprano Susan Bender has garnered numerous honors and critical acclaim performing operatic and musical theater roles, as well as on the concert stage. She has appeared as a soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (as a National Council Winner), Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and the Washington Opera, among others. Ms. Bender is recorded on the Norton Anthology and Albany labels, and currently serves as assistant professor of music at the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point.


Pianist Dennis Eppich, who completed his doctoral studies in piano under John Simms at the University of Iowa, has performed several works of Messiaen in solo recital including Vingt regards, La Fauvette des jardins, Petites esquisses d'oixeaux, and movements from Catalogue d'oiseaux.


Mark Weiger, a full-professor of oboe at the University of Iowa, received his degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School. Since coming to Iowa in 1988, he has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, Brazil, Austria, France and Italy, presented two Carnegie Hall recitals, and has been a finalist in nine international competitions. He has published four CDs: Oboe on Road (Centaur), Grand Sonatas for Oboe Romantic Road for Oboe, and The Devil's Tongue (Crystal).


Pianist Patricia von Blumröder, born in Oakland, California, studied at the University of Idaho with Richard Neher and at the University of Iowa with James Avery. She completed her studies at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in Freiburg, and has been living in Germany since 1980.

Patricia von Blumröder's repertoire encompasses all epochs with special emphasis on the music of the 20th century. She has made several recordings for Südwestfunk Baden-Baden as well as Hessische Rundfunk Frankfurt. She has also has produced a CD that features works by Messiaen and Stockhausen. She has performed throughout Europe in Festivals such as the Berliner Festswochen, Biennale Zagreb and Lucero Festival in Paris.


Hornist Kristin Thelander, Director of the UI School of Music, has had a rich and active performing career, appearing as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Brazil, South Korea, and the People's Republic of China. She has been a featured artist at many regional and international horn workshops and international brass symposia in the past 15 years, most recently at the 32nd International Horn Symposium in Beijing, China. She has recorded for Crystal Records, CRI, Vienna Modern Masters, and Centaur. Thelander holds degrees from St. Olaf College, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin.


Delbert Disselhorst, Professor of Music and Chairman of the organ department, earned both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Illinois, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Under a Fulbright grant, he studied organ with Helmut Walcha at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He has performed throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, and has been a featured artist for international festivals and concert series in Trier, Limburg and Freiburg, Germany. Other international concerts have taken place in Iceland, Denmark, and France, where he played at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.


Violinist Wolfgang David has become ensconced on the international stage, both as a recitalist, and as a guest soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras, including a performance of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with The New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, conducted by Kenneth Klein in the Great Assembly Hall at the United Nations (1999). David's growing reputation is marked in reviews by the likes of Thomas Frost, Senior Executive Producer at SONY Classical, who foresees for him "a significant international concert and recording career." The Washington Post says of David that he has "scaled the heights of music making."

David concertizes widely in Europe, the United States, Russia, Japan, South Korea, India, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, and South Africa. The winner of many competitions and prizes - including the University of Vienna's "Foundation Stefanie Hohl" award, top prize in the Kulenkampff International Competition (Cologne), and the International Music Competition (Pretoria, South Africa) - David's teachers have included Rainer Kuelchl (concert master of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), Igor Ozim (Berne Conservatory), and Yfrah Neaman (London's Guildhall School of Music).

Wolfgang David performs on a violin built in 1731 by Joseph Guarneri del Gesu, Cremona, on exclusive loan to him from the Austrian National Bank.


Composer/pianist Ketty Nez, visiting assistant professor in composition at the University of Iowa, just completed a residence at the École Nationale de Musique in Montbéliard, France, where she worked with faculty and students on projects of live electronics and improvisation. Her chamber opera An Opera in Devolution: Drama in 540 Seconds was premiered this year at the 7th Festival A'DEvantgarde in Munich. Nez holds a doctorate in composition from the University of California at Berkeley (1994) and degrees Eastman (Composition) and Curtis (Piano).


David Gompper (b. 1954) has lived and worked professionally as a pianist, a conductor, and a composer in New York, San Diego, London, Nigeria, Michigan, and Texas. He is currently Professor of Composition and Director of the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa. In 2002 - 2003 Gompper was in Russia as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching, performing and conducting at the Moscow Conservatory.

Gompper's compositions are heard throughout the United States and Europe. In 1999 his Transitus (for wind ensemble) premiered at Carnegie Hall, and a number of his works have premiered in London's Wigmore Hall, including: Hommage a W. A. (William Albright) for piano; and Shades of Love, a song cycle on the poetry of Constantin Cavafy. Gompper is in the process of completing a violin concerto, the first movement of which was performed in April, 2003, at the Moscow Conservatory. Gompper returned to Moscow in November 2003 to perform his Crossed a composition for alto saxophone, violin, and piano.

In addition to working together on the present CD project--their inaugural recording--Wolfgang David and David Gompper have performed in Moscow, the United States, and Vienna.