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School of Music announces 2011 summer opera

Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado

Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado

July 28-31, 2011

Bill Theisen, director
William LaRue Jones, conductor

Three little maids from school, a hilariously pompous government official, a wandering minstrel and a Lord High Executioner… just some of the hilariously absurd characters in Gilbert & Sullivan’s most famous operetta, The Mikado. Set in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu, The Mikado is a tale of the beautiful school girl Yum-Yum, who is engaged to be married to Ko-Ko, the tailor-turned-Lord High Executioner, despite her love for the romantic, wandering minstrel, Nanki-Poo. Will these two young lovers find their happily-ever-after . . . or will heads roll? The merriment of Gilbert & Sullivan is sure to amuse and delight audiences of all ages!

Ticketing:

Reserved Seating:
$20 nonstudents
$15 seniors
$10 Youth (17 & Under)
$5 Students (must present a student ID)

Tickets available through the Englert Box Office

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Opera and benefit concert, coming soon at the Englert Theatre

Englert TheatreThe School of Music has several exciting events coming in the next week. Our spring opera, Elixir of Love, opens this Friday through Sunday at the Englert Theatre, downtown Iowa City. Stage director Bill Theisen returns to direct Donizetti’s delightful comic opera.

The following Tuesday, May 3, one of our most celebrated and esteemed alumni saxophonist Eugene Rousseau, returns to our stage to perform a benefit concert for the School of Music’s new building. Rousseau, who received a UI Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1998, will perform with both student and faculty classical ensembles during the first half of the concert, featuring works by Hindemith, Beethoven and Heiden.

The second half will feature Rousseau on saxophone and clarinet with the Johnson County Landmark jazz band under the direction of John Rapson. Selections will include the standards ‘Round Midnight, Body and Soul, Harlem Nocturne and Woodchoppers’ Ball.

The May 3 concert will be the first event in raising resources for the new music building, to be located in downtown Iowa City. The Voxman Music Building was abandoned after it was heavily damaged by the 2008 Iowa River flood, and the School of Music is now operating out of several temporary locations.

Tickets for the opera and benefit concert are available through the Englert Theatre Box Office.

The proceeds from this concert will only be used to fund the non-Federal share of the project cost or for project improvements and will not be used to duplicate any benefit under the Public Assistance Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If any gift is associated with any naming recognition at a specific gift level, the naming is not any indication that the funds were used to construct any specific space or portion of space in the building, but is a recognition naming opportunity for a certain level of gift.

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UI Alum Named Principal Violist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Karl Pedersen, viola

Karl Pedersen named principal viola of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Karl Pedersen, University of Iowa Bachelor of Music 2004, has been named principal violist of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio.

After graduating from The University of Iowa, where he studied with Christine Rutledge-Russell, Pedersen went on to complete his Master of Music degree at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. He has been a member of the New World Symphony, played with the Kansas City Symphony, and has also served as principal at Breckenridge Music Festival the past two years. The School of Music extends its warm congratulations to Karl.

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