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Vienna Virtuosi bring sounds of Austria's musical capital to UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Vienna Virtuosi, a chamber ensemble composed of the
younger generation of soloists and first-chair players in the Vienna Philharmonic,
will perform music by Mozart, Dvorak and Schubert at 8 p.m. Monday, March
10 in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus. The concert is
part of Hancher's 1996-97 Gazette Chamber Music Series.
The program features works by two of the leading composers in Vienna's long
history as a musical capital -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert.
The Vienna Virtuosi will perform two of Mozart's compositions, the Flute Quartet
in A Major, K. 298, and the Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370.
The performance of Schubert's Octet in F Major, D. 803, is part of an international
celebration of the bicentennial of the composer's birth, including many events
at the UI. Schubert was a native of Vienna and spent his entire musical career
in the city.
The Vienna Virtuosi will also perform Dvorak's Slavonic Dance, op. 46, no.
Ernst Ottensamer, the solo clarinetist of the Vienna Philharmonic, founded
the Vienna Virtuosi in 1990. The ensemble is flexible, ranging in size from
various trios to a chamber orchestra. It performs many of the works for octets,
nonets and other chamber combinations that are rarely heard because of the
The Vienna Virtuosi frequently perform with world-renowned guest artists,
including Daniel Barenboim and Andre Previn, and the ensemble regularly appears
at the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Festival and major European festivals.
In its hometown, the ensemble has been praised by the Wiener Zeitung for the
"unparalleled transparency and beauty" of its performances.
Tickets for the Vienna Virtuosi are $24, $20 and $18. UI students and senior
citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, with Zone 3 tickets available
to UI students for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319)
335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER.
Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American
Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills,
and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. People
with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial
(319) 335-1158. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment
who use that technology.
The Gazette is the major corporate sponsor of Hancher's 1996-97 Chamber Music
Series, through the University of Iowa Foundation.