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UI faculty recital will feature works for one and two oboes and English horns, Sept. 25

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mark Weiger, the University of Iowa School of Music oboe professor and tireless promoter of all things oboe-istic, will be joined by fellow oboist Marc Fink and other musicians for a free program featuring music for one and two oboes and English horns played alone, with piano, and with strings, at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 in Clapp Recital Hall.

Other performers on the concert will be pianist Timothy Lovelace, violinists Leopold La Fosse and Clifford Panton, violist Christine Rutledge, and cellist Cora Kuyvenhoven. Fink and Lovelace are guest artists, La Fosse and Rutledge are members of the UI School of Music faculty, and the other performers are UI music graduate students.

The concert will open with the Overture in A major for two oboes d'amore -- a mellow-toned member of the oboe family that was common in the 18th century -- and strings by Christoph Foerster. It will be followed by the "Six Metamorphoses after Ovid," op. 49, by Benjamin Britten, a piece for solo oboe that will be performed by Fink.

After intermission Weiger and Lovelace will play the U.S premiere of two works for English horn and piano by Mexican composer Eduardo Gamboa, followed by an arrangement of the Concerto in C major of Simoni Palermatano. Fink and Lovelace will perform the Sonata for oboe and piano of Henri Dutilleux, and the program will conclude with Weiger and Fink playing oboe duet arrangements of popular arias from Mozart's "Magic Flute," including Papageno's signature piece, "Der Vogelfaenger bin ich ja."

A composer of the late Baroque period, Foerster wrote many instrumental pieces in the French Baroque style, with heavily accented rhythms and short, animated melodies. In the style of the times, his Overture is a collection of seven contrasting dance movements.

Britten's " Metamorphoses" are six character pieces inspired by the stories describing magical transformations recorded by the Greek author Ovid. Written for solo oboe, they were imagined by the composer as performed from the top of a castle. One of the few works for unaccompanied oboe, they have become an essential part of the instrument's repertoire.

Weiger met Eduardo Gamboa in Mexico City last May during a concert tour by a faculty ensemble from the UI School of Music. An accomplished composer for concert, television and film, Gamboa collaborated with Weiger in a recording made in August in Mexico City of several of his works. That recording included the two works being premiered on this program, "Reminiscencias" and "Azules" for English horn and piano.

An oboist of the late Baroque and early Classical periods, Palermatano is virtually unknown today. His concerto was rediscovered by Himie Voxman, former director of the UI School of Music. One of the earliest virtuoso works for oboe, the Concerto suggests that Palermatano was himself a performer of extraordinary accomplishment.

Weiger has performed in 38 states, Canada, England, France and Austria, presented two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, been a finalist in nine international competitions and won second prize at the Lucarelli International Competition. A review in the Kansas City Star stated: "Weiger was splendid. His middle register was rich and woody. The very highest notes were like those of a coloratura soprano."

He has served as the principal oboist for the Albany (N.Y.) Symphony, the Ohio Opera Company, the Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts and the Portland Symphony in Maine. Since coming to Iowa he has been principal oboe with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, and the Southwest Virginia Chamber Orchestra.

The first oboist to serve as an Artistic Ambassador through the U.S. Information Agency, Weiger is a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Festival in Vermont, the Bear Lake Festival in Utah, and WIZARDS!, a double reed quartet.

Fink is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he teaches oboe, coaches chamber music and performs in the Wingra Woodwind Quintet. He was recently elected president of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS), an organization of more than 4,000 members from 50 countries. He has performed at IDRS conferences around the globe and served as judge for the society's international Gillet oboe competition.

In addition to playing as principal oboist of the Madison Symphony, Fink has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Grant Park Orchestra, the Fairbanks Symphony and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He has participated in the Greenlake and Platteville Music Festivals in Wisconsin and the California Music Center. As a member of the Wingra Quintet he tours Wisconsin presenting concerts and clinics.

Lovelace teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Last season he played Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto with the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra and performed on the Detroit Symphony's Nite Notes series and Chicago's Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. In recent years he has performed on radio station WNYC in New York, in the Miller Theater at Columbia University and on college campuses throughout the country.

As a performer of new music Lovelace has recorded for the Composer's Guild of New Jersey. As staff pianist at the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute he has played for the classes of Barbara Bonney, Thomas Hampson, Lynn Harrell, Christa Ludwig and other renowned artists. He was a participating accompanist at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition, where the official press bulletin noted his "deep and original interpretations of Russian composers."

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. He continues an active international career as soloist and chamber musician, with tours in the United States, Europe, South America and Russia.

A new member of the UI faculty, Rutledge has appeared as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player throughout the United States and abroad. She is violist with the Notre Dame String Trio, whose performances have brought glowing reviews from "The Strad," "Fanfare" and other publications. She has been assistant principal viola with the Louisville Orchestra, and was violist with the Ceruti Chamber Players and the Kentucky Center Chamber Players, with whom she frequently performs as guest artist.

9/11/98