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NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Tadeu Coelho is pronounced ta-DAY-oo QUAIL-yo. Rene Lecuona is pronounced Rainy le-QUO-nah.

Coelho and Lecuona will play a concert dedicated to 'The Romantic Flute' Oct. 17

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Flutist Tadeu Coelho and pianist Rene Lecuona will present "The Romantic Flute," a recital program of music from the 19th and early 20th centuries, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Coelho and Lecuona are members of the music faculty at the UI. Their recital will be free and open to the public.

The Romantic period in music -- corresponding roughly to the 19th century -- saw the rise of the instrumental virtuoso. Performers like Niccolo Paganini on the violin and Franz Liszt on the piano were the predecessors of today's entertainment superstars, earning huge fortunes and receiving the ecstatic adulation of their fans.

No flutists achieved stardom on quite that level -- this being long before the days of Jean Pierre Rampal and James Galway. Nevertheless, there were flutists of truly virtuoso ability who presented solo concerts and traveled throughout Europe. The most important of them was Theobald Boehm, who is credited with technical improvements that created the instrument we know today.

In celebration of this great period of virtuoso performers and of the mechanical advancement of the flute, Coelho and Lecuona will play a program that shows both the technical and the expressive potential of the instrument. Beginning with a little known set of variations by Franz Schubert on one of his own songs, the program will include a solo flute arrangement of one of Paganini's virtuoso pieces for violin and a set of variations by Jules Demersseman on "The Carnival of Venice" -- for many years one of the favorite themes for variation sets designed to show the performer's skill.

More serious, although no less demanding, works on the program will be "Cantabile et Presto" by the Romanian composer Georges Enesco, a composer who maintained the chief elements of the Romantic style well into the 20th century; and the Suite op. 34 of Charles Marie Widor, who is remembered primarily as an organist and composer of organ music.

Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. He previously taught at the University of New Mexico and more recently was visiting professor at the Ino Mirkovich music academy in Croatia. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the Americas. He has performed as first solo flutist with the Santa Fe Symphony, the Hofer Symphoniker in Germany and the Spoletto Festival Orchestra in Italy. In the summer of 1996 he was invited to play with the Boston Symphony under conductors Bernard Haitink, Robert Shaw and Robert Spano.

Coelho's performances have consistently earned high critical praise. Following a series of concerts in Brazil, one critic commented that he "played with musicality and beautiful sound. His virtuosity and clear performance are remarkable." Another critic wrote that "there is no doubt about his virtuoso abilities, topped with a degree of musicianship that was magnificent and complete."

Started on the flute by his father, he has studied with many of the leading flute teachers around the world. He holds a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with the legendary flutist Julius Baker. He has toured Italy, Germany, the United States, Mexico and Brazil, performing concerts and giving master classes.

Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire, with special interest in the music of Latin America. Several composers have written works for him, including Ronald Roseman, Ruth Schonthal, Joaquin Gutierrez Heras, Eduardo Gamboa, Amaral Vieira, Michael Weinstein and Steven Block. His CD recording of the music of Brazilian composers was released on Tempo Primo in 1995, and he also recorded works by Thomas Delio on 3D Classics. His new CD of 20th-century Mexican flute music will be released shortly.

Lecuona has given solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, as well as in South America and the Caribbean. As an artistic ambassador for the United States, she has given concerts and master classes in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, and Trinidad and Tobago. She has also performed solo recitals and given master classes at many universities in Brazil.

In 1993 she made her Carnegie Hall debut in a chamber performance in Weill Recital Hall. She has appeared as soloist with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Orchard Park Symphony, the Vivaldi Traveling Orchestra, the Eastman Philharmonia and the UI Symphony. In collaboration with her UI faculty colleagues she has appeared in numerous chamber music concerts on the UI campus.

Lecuona received her doctorate in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she won the 1990 Concerto Competition, a doctoral fellowship and the performer's certificate. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees with distinction from the School of Music at Indiana University. Her major teachers have included Menahem Pressler, Gyorgy Sebok and Rebecca Penneys.

Since 1990 she has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music, where she has received an Old Gold Fellowship to research piano music by women composers.

10/2/98