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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.