Season 51 Concert IX
The CNM Ensemble
featuring the works of alumni composers
Erin Gee (2001, MA, composition)
Mouthpiece: Segment of the 4th Letter
Dimitri Papageorgiou (2002, PhD, composition)
In pulses, in strokes
Iriai no kane
Reflections, by Dimitri Papageorgiou
“Take I-80 to Des Moines, then take a right on I-35 and when you see a bridge take a left and follow the signs to New Ulm.”
To my astonishment, those were my cousin’s instructions when, after I first settled down in Iowa City, made plans to visit her in Minnesota. I could not believe my ears. I thought that I have probably come to the most boring place in the world and started questioning my decision to abandon a relatively good job and move to another continent to pursue my Ph.D. studies.
All my worries, however, eased off and gradually gave place to more positive sentiments when I began my studies and met teachers such as Donald Martin Jenni, Jeremy Dale Roberts, Larry Fritts, Michael Buchler, Roberta Marvin and, of course, David Gompper, who brought me to the University of Iowa. I have had a very rich, meaningful and balanced university life and have many fond memories of my time at the School of Music: excellent performances and recordings of my works, very broad and valuable teaching experiences, working with open-minded performers, running the Composers’ Workshop, assisting David with the Center for New Music for almost five years - I am very proud to have been involved in the organization of the Austrian and Russian Festivals, the East Coast Tour, Midwest Symposiums, etc.
Although Iowa was not love at first sight, I came to love it over the years as I came to love the long journeys through the emptiness of the Midwest when I realized that there was so much sky all over the place. Ultimately, this is what the School of Music came to mean to me: an open horizon.