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Release: April 7, 2000

School of Music will host ‘Magisterra,’ an international chamber music festival May 15-26

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- For 12 days in May, the University of Iowa School of Music will be home to an international roster of chamber musicians, as the school inaugurates "Magisterra," its newly established Iowa International Chamber Music Festival.

The festival, which will take place at the School of Music May 15-26, will feature a series of free public concerts by master artists as well as an intensive schedule of master classes and lessons for student participants.

The festival program will feature eight public performances in Clapp Recital Hall. These will include a "Schnittke Marathon," a performance of chamber music by the 20th-century Russian composer Alfred Schnittke, beginning at 7 p.m. May 20; a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of J.S. Bach, with performances of works for solo violin and solo cello at 8 p.m. May 21; and the final recital, at 8 p.m. May 26.

David Nelson, director of the School of Music, said, "The School of Music is pleased to present the Chamber Music Festival as part of our growing emphasis on international collaborations. In recent months our faculty has performed in more than 25 different countries. The Chamber Music Festival will allow us to bring very distinguished internationally renowned musicians to campus in order to perform, collaborate with our faculty and teach students from around the world."

The festival is being organized and coordinated by Annette-Barbara Vogel, who teaches violin in the School of Music. Vogel said her aim in organizing the festival was to create a type concentrated, intensive festival that is not common in the United States.

"My idea was to bring to Iowa the kind of festival that is common in Europe, where I had most of my training. There will be both public performances and an academy for young musicians, all in the context of a short-term festival, with intensive training for participants -- four or five lessons in 10 days. Both the students and audiences will benefit from the combination of performances by internationally known master musicians from Europe with American artists. So we are creating a cultural exchange as well as an academy for young performers."

Guest artists for the festival will be musicians with international careers: violinists Henry Meyer and Peter Zazofsky, violist Vladimir Mendelssohn, cellist Patrick Demenga, and pianist Juhani Lagerpetz. UI faculty artists will be Vogel, pianist Uriel Tsachor, double-bassist Diana Gannett, and the members of the Maia String Quartet.

The fee for the festival program is $350 for all 10 days. High school students may enroll on a daily basis for $50/day. A small number of tuition waivers are available for qualified students.

Information and registration material for "Magisterra" is available on the world-wide web at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/SOMfest6b.html, or from the UI office of Conferences and Institutes, at (319) 335-4141.