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Iowa Composers Forum

The UNI School of Music will host the 2015 Iowa Composers Forum Spring New Music Festival. This festival will feature new music from Iowa composers, as well as a student musician performance featuring art songs by Hearst Series artist and composer Jake Heggie at 6 p.m., and a concert of mixed works by Iowa Composers at 8 p.m. both on Friday, March 27. For more information on the Iowa Composers Forum, visit . For more information on this event, contact

Hearst Visiting Artist Concert, featuring UNI faculty and students: Works of Jake Heggie

School of Music faculty and student musicians will present a concert featuring works by visiting artist Jake Heggie. Heggie will be in residence at UNI as part of the Meryl Norton Hearst Visiting Artist Series from March 24-27. For more on Heggie, visit This event is free and open to the public. 

Frank Almond, violin, and Marian Lee, piano

Visiting artists Frank Almond, violin, and Marian Lee, piano, will collaborate to present a recital. Almond holds the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He returned to the MSO after holding positions as Concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic with Valery Gergiev, and Guest Concertmaster of the London Philharmonic with Kurt Masur. Lee is assistant professor of piano at St. Ambrose University and has performed as soloist and chamber performer in Italy, France, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Poland, Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Estonia, Byelorussia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and major cities throughout the United States. This event is free and open to the public. 

Guest Artist Master Class: Jake Heggie, composer and pianist

Visiting artist Jake Heggie will present a master class as part of the Meryl Norton Hearst Visiting Artist Series. Jake Heggie is the American composer of the operas Moby-Dick, Dead Man Walking, Three Decembers, To Hell and Back, and Out of Darkness: a triptych of Holocaust stories (Another Sunrise – Farewell, Auschwitz – For a Look or a Touch). He has also composed more than 250 songs, as well as chamber, choral and orchestral works. Heggie, a Guggenheim Fellow, has served as a mentor to Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative for young composers and librettists for the past two seasons. For more information, visit This event is free and open to the public.


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