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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

MOTHER'S DAY MUSIC IN MUSEUM MAY 11 -- In recognition of Mother's Day, the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble will perform music by Bach, Haydn and Mozart at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The performance, which is part of the Music in the Museum series, is free and open to the public.

The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble is a small string orchestra made up of UI students. The group 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. This enables them to play their instruments in the same manner as performers of the Baroque period, which in turn makes possible a historically appropriate style of performance.

The group is directed by Leopold La Fosse, a professor in the UI School of Music.

For the Mother's Day performance, the ensemble will play works featuring both instrumental and vocal soloists. These will include Bach's Violin Concerto in E major, with soloist Fredi Gerling; Haydn's Keyboard Concerto in D major, with soloist Paul Tegels; and Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D major, op. 3 no. 7, with soloist Graziela Fortunato Rodrigues.

Trumpeter David Greenhoe will play with the ensemble for Torelli's Sonata in

D major, and soprano Emily Truckenbrod will be featured in Mozart's cantata "Exsultate, jubilate." All the soloists are students in the School of Music except for Greenhoe, who is a member of the faculty.

Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass area at the UI and plays first trumpet in the UI Iowa Brass Quintet. He is active as a soloist and recitalist, and during summer seasons he performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta.

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 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.

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OPERA SCENES MAY 11 -- The University of Iowa Opera Theater will present "Scenes from the Opera Workshop," a program of operatic excerpts performed by students in the UI School of Music, at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 11, in the Opera Studio Room of the Voxman Music Building.

The performance, which is under the general direction of Opera Theater Director Beaumont Glass, will be free and open to the public.

The program will consist of four scenes taken from French operas, including two scenes from works based on well-known European literary classics, Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and Cervantes' "Don Quixote." A third scene is based on a literary work that, although little known today, was extremely popular and influential in the 19th century: Goethe's novel "Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre" (Wilhelm Meisters' schoolyears), still considered a model "Bildungsroman," or novel about a character's development.

The program will open with a scene and duet from "Hamlet" by Ambroise Thomas, performed by soprano Rebecca Bolluyt and baritone J.S. Endres. It will be followed by the final scene from Thomas' best known opera, "Mignon," based on the Goethe novel, performed by mezzo-soprano Laurie Seely, tenor Ezechial Thurman and bass Colin Johnson.

Next will be a scene from "Don Quichotte" by Jules Massenet, performed by the entire opera workshop class. The program will conclude with a duet from "The Pearl Fishers" by Georges Bizet, performed by Thurman and Endres.

Beaumont Glass has been director of the UI Opera Theater since 1980. During that time he has taught the opera workshop class and staged 34 major productions at the UI, including the recent production of Puccini's "Sister Angelica" and "Gianni Schicchi." Before coming to the UI, he was a leading opera coach of the Zurich Opera and the Festival of Aix-en-Provence. He has accompanied song recitals in the Salzburg, Aix and Holland festivals, as well as on tour with well-known singers including Grace Bumbry, Martina Arroyo and Simon Estes.

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LAST CHANCE PERCUSSION CONCERT WRAPS UP SEMESTER MAY 11 -- The University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble will wrap up another year of performances at the UI School of Music with their semi-annual "Last Chance" concert, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11, in Voxman Hall of the Voxman Music Building.

Presented at the end of each semester, the "Last Chance" concert represents a literal last chance, both for performers in the ensemble who have music they want to perform, and for audiences who want to enjoy a percussion ensemble concert.

Under the direction of UI faculty member Dan Moore, the Percussion Ensemble provides students with performance experience in wide-ranging styles and many different cultural traditions, including ancient rudimental drumming, ragtime, jazz, and 20th-century idioms. With an extensive array of instruments -- from traditional drums, xylophones and cymbals to just about anything that can be struck, scraped, shaken or smashed together -- Percussion Ensemble performances run the gamut from gentle melodies to explosive outbursts of rhythm.

The following works will be featured on this spring's "Last Chance" concert:

-- "Suite Popular Brasiliera," a marimba solo by Ney Rosauro;

-- Etude in D minor by Alice Gomez, another marimba solo;

-- "Brazilian Myths," an extensive five-movement piece for percussion quartet based on myths about the inhabitants of Brazil's jungles, by Rosauro; and

-- "Game Over" for solo percussion and percussion ensemble by Dan Moore, featuring graduate student Tom Keck as soloist and based on one American and one Japanese children's song.

A nationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore holds the position previously occupied by long-time UI percussion teacher Thomas L. Davis, who retired last spring. Prior to coming to the UI, Moore helped lead the SkyRyders Drum and Bugle Corps, taught percussion at Montana State University and studied for a doctorate in percussion at the University of Kentucky. For the past 10 years he has toured as a member of the Britain/Moore Duo.

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