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Release: June 16, 2000
UI Flute Seminar and Institute will feature two public concerts June 25
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Flutist Tadeu Coelho will play some of his favorite pieces,
from the music of his native Brazil to virtuoso show pieces and an arrangement
of a Chopin nocturne, when he and pianist Jeffrey Peterson present a free
recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 25 in Clapp Recital on the University of Iowa
The recital will kick off a week of intense activity for Coelho, who is
directing the UI Flute Seminar and Pedagogical Institute 2000, an annual event
dedicated to the study of the flute, June 25-30. The seminar will culminate
with an informal concert by participants at 3 p.m. Friday, June 30 in Clapp
The Flute Seminar and Institute is open by advance registration only, but
both performances will be free and open to the public. Auditors may attend
sessions of the seminar on a daily basis; for information, see the Seminar's
web page at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/SOMfest9.html.
The program for the June 25 concert will comprise five pieces, opening with
"Poemeto" by Brazilian composer Osvaldo Lacerda. Next, Coelho will
play "Transparencias" by Mexican composer Eduardo Gamboa, a piece
written for and dedicated to Coelho and premiered by him earlier this year.
The score is based on the folk music of several distinct Mexican regions,
including Yacatan, Vera Cruz and Jalisco.
Coelho and Peterson will play an arrangement of a Chopin Nocturne for piano,
and Coelho alone will play a solo flute version of one of Nicolo Paganini's
famously difficult 24 Caprices for solo violin. The program will conclude
with Andre Jolivet's "Chant de Linos" for flute and piano.
The program for the June 30 participants' concert will be decided during
the Master Class.
Coelho said the Master Class and Institute attracts proficient flute players
from college students to professionals. "It is a week dedicated to the
study of the flute from different aspects: technique, performance, teaching
and other issues including stage presence and orchestral auditions,"
"This year, we are honored to have one of the greatest flutists of
all times with us, Julius Baker, who has played principal flute with the Cleveland
and Chicago symphonies and was first flutist with the New York Philharmonic
for more than 25 years.
"Since the participants will be involved in performance every day of
the Seminar, we decided to start off the week with a concert that will showcase
some of my favorite pieces, as well as some very challenging solo pieces for
Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. He has previously taught at
the University of New Mexico and more recently has served as 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 at Tanglewood 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
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. 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 was released
in the spring of 1999 and is available, along with Coelho's other recordings,
from Eble Music in downtown Iowa City.
Pianist Jeffrey Peterson has worked as a collaborative pianist and coach
all over the world, with some of the most important singers of our time, including
Martina Arroyo, James King and Teresa Kubiak. He has served as harpsichordist
for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and as pianist for the Cincinnati Men's
Chorus. Now in his third year with the Flute Seminar, Peterson has worked
as a coach and accompanist at Indiana University in Bloomington for the last
eight years. This fall he will begin his doctorate at the University of Illinois
as the assistant to renowned vocal accompanist John Wustman.
After graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Julius
Baker played with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the
CBS Orchestra in New York City, where he was also associated with the famed
Bach Aria Group. After the CBS Orchestra was disbanded, Baker was principal
flute of the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, where he remained
until 1983. He is on the faculty of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute
Baker gives master classes throughout the United States and around the world,
including one at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., which
has been held every summer for many years. He has recorded for RCA Victor,
Decca, Vanguard, Westminster and Vox Cum Laude. His latest CDs are on the
VAI, Vanguard Classics and Oxford labels.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.