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Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra embarks on concert tour of Brazil

March 13, 2014

Caroline Boehmer, communication and operations coordinator, UNI School of Music, 319-273-2028,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra (NISO) will travel to Brazil Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 23, to collaborate and perform with the orchestra at the Universidade de Caxias do Sul.

Before entering Brazil, the group will travel to Panama and visit the Panama Canal and other parts of Panama City. The group will then travel to Caxias do Sul to work with students and faculty from Universidade de Caxias do Sul on music that will be performed in several concerts.

A variety of chamber ensemble concerts will also be performed by UNI students in Brazil. Chamber ensembles include a horn quartet, two string quartets, a woodwind quintet, a trombone quartet, a clarinet quartet, a jazz combo and a percussion quintet.

In addition to the 60 UNI students participating, several faculty members from the School of Music will travel and perform with NISO throughout the 10-day trip. Rebecca Burkhardt, professor of conducting and music theory, serves as director of NISO and will conduct the orchestra while in Brazil. Heather Peyton, assistant professor of oboe and music theory, will perform the oboe solo on Vivaldi's "Concerto in F Major for Oboe, Rv. 455." Julia Bullard, associate professor of viola and music theory, will perform with the chamber ensemble Trio 826. Other members of Trio 826 include guest artists Susanna Klein, violin, and Hannah Holman, cello. Amanda McCandless, assistant professor of clarinet, will serve as a faculty adviser and will perform in concert with Bullard and Universidade de Caxias do Sul faculty pianist, Fernando Rauber.

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