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La Fosse ensemble will present concert of Baroque music Feb. 16
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble from the University of Iowa
School of Music will present a free concert featuring Vivaldi's "Winter"
from the "Four Seasons," along with three other of the popular Baroque
composer's concertos, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in Clapp Recital Hall on
the UI campus.
For the Feb. 16 concert, La Fosse and the ensemble will be joined by flutist
Anita Miller-Rieder, a current member of the UI music faculty, and bassoonist
Ron Tyree, a retired faculty member, both of whom will play solo concertos.
A small string orchestra made up of UI students, the La Fosse Ensemble specializes
in the performance of music from the Baroque period in music, roughly 1600
to 1750. They perform using copies of authentic Baroque instruments and bows,
which enables them to play their instruments in the same manner as performers
of the Baroque period. This in turn makes possible a historically appropriate
style of performance, which they pursue without the rigid dogmatism of some
original instrument performers.
The group is directed by Leopold La Fosse, a professor in the UI School of
The music teacher at an orphanage for girls in Venice, Vivaldi wrote literally
hundreds of concertos for his many talented and accomplished students. These
concertos, which are invariably accompanied by a small string ensemble, feature
virtually every available instrument or combination of instruments in the
solo parts. Because they are tuneful, well suited to the individual instruments
and skillfully composed, they were influential on other Baroque composers
and have been a popular part of the revival of Baroque music in contemporary
The program of the Feb. 16 concert will feature four of Vivaldi's concertos:
"Winter" from the "Four Seasons," with La Fosse as the
violin soloist; the Violin Concerto in D minor, with graduate student Andrew
Carlson as soloist; the Concerto for Four Violins, with graduate students
Fredi Gerling, Graziela Fortunato Rodrigues,
Hermes Alvarenga and Luis Lange as soloists; and the Concerto for Bassoon
and Strings, with Tyree as soloist.
Two other composers will be represented on the program with the Concerto
for Flute and Strings of Michel Blavet, with Miller-Rieder as the soloist;
and Telemann's Quartet in G for violin, oboe, flute and bassoon, featuring
graduate students Spencer Howard, violin; Jennifer Howard, oboe; and Jama
Stillwell, flute; along with Tyree.
La Fosse joined the UI music faculty in 1972. His extensive performing career
has included solo appearances as well as concertmaster positions with five
orchestras. He made his first public appearance at the age of four, and he
began a three-year series of engagements on NBC radio at eight. He later studied
at the New England Conservatory. Before coming to the UI he taught at the
University of Texas at Austin.
At the UI he teaches violin and directs the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble. He
has also done extensive research in string pedagogy. He has twice been to
Brazil as a Fulbright lecturer and returns annually to perform, teach, and
give master classes.
La Fosse continues an active international career as soloist and chamber
musician, with tours in the United States, Europe, South America and Russia.
He has had recent performances at Wigmore Hall in London, Sala Ceclila Mireles
in Rio de Janiero, Town Hall in New York, and the National Gallery, Phillips
Gallery and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Miller-Rieder is a visiting professor in the UI School of Music. She performs
both modern and historical flutes. She is a member of the Chicago Baroque
Ensemble, plays with the Chicago Symphony and is a member of the Lake Forest
(Ill.) Symphony. She is also a member of the Kithara Trio with cellist Jill
Kaeding and harpist Faye Seeman. The trio has premiered commissioned works
and will be a featured ensemble at the 1997 National Flute Association convention
Miller-Rieder performed in recital at Orchestra Hall in Chicago as a winner
of the Rose Faye Thomas competition, sponsored by the Chicago Musicians Club
of Women and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Centenniary Committee. She also
was a winner of the 1995 Baroque Flute Artist competition sponsored by the
National Flute Association.
Before his retirement, Ronald Tyree taught both bassoon and saxophone at
the UI School of Music. He was a member of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet and principal
bassoon of the Quad-City Symphony. He has appeared as guest soloist with the
Dubuque Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Quad-City Symphony and the
University Symphony. Tyree is known world-wide for his editions of previously
unknown or unavailable music for bassoon and saxophone.