UNI to host 23rd annual scholarship benefit concert

September 16, 2004

John Vallentine, director, School of Music, (319) 273-2024
Gwenne Culpepper, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's School of Music will host its 23rd annual Scholarship Benefit Concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24. This year's event, 'The Centennial: A 1904 World's Fair Celebration of Music,' will be presented in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC).

The program includes a range of music, including Broadway, jazz, ragtime, choral and opera. Featured guest artist is James Miller, trombonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and an alumnus of the UNI School of Music. Other performers are the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, UNI Marimba Ensemble, Concert Chorale, UNI Singers, UNI Chamber Singers, UNI Wind Symphony, UNI Opera Ensemble, and Jazz Band One.

Faculty soloists will be Leslie Morgan, soprano; Won Cho, bass-baritone; and Sean Botkin, pianist. John Hagen, Cedar Falls guest tenor, will join the program for the finale.

Following the concert will be two gala receptions with music in carnival fair and world showcase venues.

'This event features some of the best talent at UNI and the concert continues to receive standing ovations,' said John Vallentine, director of the School of Music.' He noted, 'Providing scholarships to talented students allows us to continue our local, regional, and international performances. We're a nationally and internationally recognized School of Music, but if we want to continue to attract the best students we must be able to provide financial assistance for them.'

Tickets are $30 and may be purchased in advance at the GBPAC box office, (319) 273-SHOW (7469), or (877) 549-SHOW. Tickets also are available at the door.