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Release: May 8, 2000
International Chamber Music festival will bring extraordinary series of
concerts to UI campus
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Magisterra, the International Chamber Music Festival
at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a series of concerts
for the public May 16-26. Featuring UI faculty and the guest artists of the
festival, these concerts will be presented in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI
campus and will be free and open to the public.
Public concerts will be at 8 p.m. May 16, 18, 22, 23 and 26. In addition,
there will be 7 p.m. performances on May 20 and 25, and a 3 p.m. matinee concert
on Sunday, May 21.
Guest artist/teachers for the festival will be musicians with international
careers, many of whom are not often heard in the United States. They are:
violinist Peter Zazofsky, violist Vladimir Mendelssohn, cellist Patrick Demenga,
and pianist Juhani Lagerpetz.
UI faculty artists participating in the festival will be violinist Annette-Barbara
Vogel, who is also the festival director; pianist Uriel Tsachor; double-bassist
Diana Gannett; and the members of the Maia String Quartet.
David Nelson, director of the School of Music, commented: "The Chamber
Music Festival will allow us to bring very distinguished internationally renowned
musicians to campus in order to collaborate with our faculty and present a
remarkable series of concerts for the public."
With a large corps of artists available, the concerts will feature a wide
variety of instrumental combinations, from works for solo violin and cello
and duos for viola and double bass, to quintets for piano and strings and
an octet for stringed instruments. A wide variety of styles and composers
will be represented as well, from the Baroque period up to the late 20th century.
Thus audiences will have the opportunity to hear interpretations by outstanding
young artists of familiar chamber masterpieces, including works for solo violin
and cello by J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms Quintet in F minor for piano
and strings, Mendelssohns Octet for Strings, and Beethovens "Gassenhauer"
Trio. But during the same concerts they can encounter less familiar gems,
including the Quartet No. 1 for piano and strings by Gabriel Faure and Dvoraks
G major Quintet for strings; and outstanding works by contemporary masters
including Shostakovich, Arvo Paert and the featured composer of the festival,
Highlights of the festival program will include a "Schnittke Marathon,"
a performance of chamber music by the 20th-century Russian composer at 7 p.m.
Saturday May 20; a commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the death of
J.S. Bach, with performances of works for solo violin and solo cello at 3
p.m. Sunday, May 21; a recital by students participating in the festivals
academy, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25; and the final recital, at 8 p.m. Friday,
Alfred Schnittke, chosen as Magisterras featured composer, was the
most influential and admired Russian composer of the late 20th century. Historian
Laurel Fay noted when Schnittke died in 1998, "In a society where art
really mattered, where it had even been known to amount to be a matter of
life and death, Schnittkes was the music that mattered most to Russians
of the post-Stalin, post-Shostakovich generation.
"His was the name that always floated off the tongue first in anyones
list of the most significant contemporary Soviet composers. It was a magic
name. In the absence of press or promotion -- withheld by the Soviet musical
establishment -- invoking it was enough to fill any Moscow concert hall to
overflowing with people ravenous for aesthetic nourishment and intellectual
Born in 1934 in the Soviet Union, Schnittke began his musical education
in Vienna and later studied counterpoint and composition at the Moscow Conservatory.
He taught instrumentation at the Moscow Conservatory 1962-67, and thereafter
supported himself chiefly as a composer of film scores. Noted for his "polystylistic"
idiom, Schnittke has written in a wide range of genres and styles. His works
have been championed by Gidon Kremer and other prominent performers, including
Yury Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Mstislav Rostropovich.
Schnittke composed nine symphonies, four violin concertos, two cello concertos,
concertos for piano and a triple concerto for violin, viola and cello, as
well as four string quartets and much other chamber music. From the 1980s,
Schnittke's music gained increasing exposure and international acclaim. His
music has been celebrated with retrospectives and major festivals worldwide.
Bachs works for solo stringed instruments will be featured May 21,
which is the composers birthday. The six suites for solo cello and the
six sonatas and partitas for solo violin are considered among the greatest
monuments in the entire string repertoire.
In Bachs time there was already a long tradition of unaccompanied
pieces for stringed instruments, but Bach far surpassed his predecessors.
His works not only show an intimate understanding of the performance techniques
and possibilities of each instrument, but they also maintain a high level
of musical interest, while covering a wide range of rhythmic styles and expressive
possibilities -- qualities that have placed them among the essential works
of the string repertoire.
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University of Iowa faculty artists
Annette-Barbara Vogel (violin, festival director) joined the UI faculty
in 1999. She has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe
and Asia, playing as a soloist with orchestra, a solo recitalist and chamber
musician. She has appeared at the Aspen, Ravinia, Chautauqua, Menuhin and
Schleswig-Holstein festivals, among others. Recently, with pianist Ulirch
Hofmann she performed the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano
in a series of three recitals at the UI.
Vogel has taught master classes in Europe, the United States and Asia, and
was artist in residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville,
where she taught on the faculty and was a member of the Monticello Trio. She
has appeared on radio and television broadcasts in Europe and the United States,
and has recorded CDs of music by Beethoven, Ravel, Smetana, Shostakovich and
Diana Gannett (double bass) is the principal double bass of the Quad
City Symphony. A graduate of the UI School of Music, Gannett returned to the
UI to teach double bass in the fall of 1992. As a teacher and performer she
has had an active career including appointments at Yale University, the Hartt
School of Music, Oberlin College and the University of South Florida. She
has been principal double bass of the Gulf Coast Symphony, the Black Hills
Festival Orchestra, the Eastern Music Festival and the Bronx Symphony, and
been a member of the New Haven and New Jersey symphonies.
As a chamber musician she has performed with members of the Guarneri, Emerson,
Laurentian and Stanford string quartets and the Borodin Trio. Her frequent
solo appearances have included many premieres and solo improvisations as well
as traditional repertoire. She has recorded for Irida Records and has a solo
Uriel Tsachor (piano) joined the faculty of the UI School of Music
in the fall of 1988. A Steinway artist, Tsachor was the first prize winner
of the Bosendorfer Empire International Competition in 1986, the second prize
winner of the Busoni Competition in 1985 and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth
Piano Competition in 1983. He has performed as a soloist in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem,
New York, Chicago, Vienna, Paris, and other cities around the world.
Tsachor has performed with the Israel Philharmonic by invitation from Zubin
Mehta. He has also appeared as soloist with the New York City Symphony, the
Teatro La Fenice Symphony in Venice and the National Orchestra of Belgium,
among others. He has performed both live and in recordings for radio and television
stations in Israel, Europe and the United States, and he has made recordings
for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC, DIVOX, Olympia and EMS labels.
Maia String Quartet: Founded in 1990, the Maia Quartet (Amy Appold
and Timothy Shiu, violins; Elizabeth Oakes, viola; and Amos Yang, cello) has
established itself nationally with performances in major concert halls including
Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre in Washington,
D.C., and Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival. In 1999 they gave a concert
at the German Embassy in Washington, in honor of the Czech Republics
entry into NATO. In recent years they have had summer teaching engagements
at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Austin Chamber Music Festival, the South
Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and the Cedar Rapids Symphony School.
The quartet has gained wide recognition for its educational outreach activities.
It has participated in a three-year project in partnership with the Aspen
Music Festival under a grant from the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation
aimed at building adult audiences. The members of the quartet have shared
their love of music with children under the auspices of Young Audiences, Inc.,
and the Midori Foundation, and they have given performances for families with
children at Lincoln Center and the U.N. School in New York.
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Peter Zazofskys (violin) career as soloist, chamber musician
and educator spans 20 years, 30 countries and five continents. Zazofskys
father was assistant concertmaster of the Boston Symphony. Joseph Silverstein,
the orchestras concertmaster, was his first teacher. He later studied
with Dorothy Delay, Jaime Laredo and Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute.
Zazofsky won the Gold Medal at the 1980 Queen Elisabeth Competition and
Grand Prize of the 1979 Montreal International Contest. In 1985 he received
an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has performed with U.S. and European orchestras,
including the Boston Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdam Concertgebouw
and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed recitals at Carnegie Hall,
Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, Palais Des Beaux Arts in Brussels,
and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. He also performs as first violinist
of the Muir String Quartet. Zazofsky is associate professor of violin and
chamber music at Boston University.
Vladimir Mendelssohn (viola) is a world-class violist who lives up
to the great tradition of his family name and has performed with major orchestras
and artists throughout the world. A professor at the Royal Conservatory in
Den Hague (The Netherlands), the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen (Germany), and
the Toscanini Academy in Bologna (Italy), Mendelssohn has conducted his famous
master classes in France, Holland, Italy, Scandinavia, and Switzerland. His
recordings are available on the following labels: Denon, Forlande, Electracord,
Ottavo, Ondine, and CBS. His recording of the Brahms Lieder (Ottavo) was awarded
the prestigious Avro Public Prize.
Patrick Demenga (cello) is as closely followed as any cellist of
his generation. A regular at the leading European Festivals, Demenga received
his early training at the Bern Conservatory with Johannes Bühler and
won the Tschumi Prize for the best solo diploma in 1983. He has been principal
cellist with the City of Wintherthur Orchestra and the famous string quartet
Neues Züricher Quartett. He has also served on the faculty of the Bern
Conservatory. A number of composers have written works for him, and he has
premiered the compositions of Isang Yun, Alexander Knaifel, Barry Guy, Sally
Beamish, Heinz Holliger, and Gerhard Schedl. He is the Artistic Director of
the concert series Vier Jahreszeitsen in Blumstein, Switzerland.
Juhani Lagerpetz (piano) was accepted for study at the Turku Conservatory
in 1965 when he was six years old. Since that promising beginning he has won
many national and international competitions including the special prize of
the jury at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982. A professor at the Sibelius
Academy (Helsinki) since 1983, Lagerspetz has received two five-year artists
grants from the Finnish government. In 1994, he was presented the coveted
Alfred Kordelin Foundation Prize for his accomplishments as a young artist.
International Chamber Music Festival and Academy
at the University of Iowa
Tuesday, May 16, 8 pm, Clapp Recital Hall: Recital 1
Moritz Moszkowsky: Suite in G minor for 2 violins and piano, op. 71
Arvo Paert: "Fratres" for violin and piano (*1935)
Robert Schumann: Maerchenbilder (Fairy tale scenes) op. 113 for viola and
Gabriel Faure: Quartet No. 1 in C minor for piano, violin, viola and cello
Thursday, May 18, 8 pm, Clapp Recital Hall: Recital 2
George Frideric Handel, arr. Halvorsen: Passacaglia for violin and double
Witold Lutoslawski: Partita (1984) for violin and piano
Arthur Vincent Lourie: Duos for violin and viola
Camille Saint-Saens: Introduction et Rondo capriccioso op. 28 for violin
and piano (arranged for 2 pianos by Claude Debussy)
Johannes Brahms: Quintet in F minor for piano, two violins, viola and cello,
Saturday, May 20, 7 pm, Clapp Recital Hall: Schnittke Marathon
Alfred Schnittke: Trio for violin, viola and cello (1985)
Alfred Schnittke: Suite im alten Stil the for violin and piano
Alfred Schnittke: Quartet for piano, violin, viola and cello (1988)
Gustav Mahler: Quartet for piano, violin, viola and cello (1876)
Alfred Schnittke: Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano (1963)
Alfred Schnittke: Quintet for piano, 2 violins, viola and cello (1988)
Alfred Schnittke: Sonata for cello and piano
Alfred Schnittke: Trio for piano, violin and cello (1985/1992)
Sunday, May 21, 3 pm, Clapp Recital Hall: Bach 250th Anniversary Concert
Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite for cello solo
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata (or Partita) for violin solo
Monday, May 22, 8 pm, Clapp Recital Hall: Recital 3
W. A. Mozart: Duo No. 1 in G major KV 423 for violin and viola (arr. for
viola and double bass)
Antonin Dvorak: Quartet in E flat major for piano, violin, viola and cello,
Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat major for four violins, two violas and
two cellos, op. 20
Tuesday, May 23, 8 pm, Clapp Recital Hall: Recital 4
Beethoven: Trio in B flat major for piano, violin and cello, op. 11, "Gassenhauer"
Louise Farrenc: Quintet No. 1 for piano, violin, viola, cello and bass,
Thomas Demenga: "New York Honk" for cello and piano
Antonin Dvorak: Quintet in G major for 2 violins, viola, cello and double
bass, op. 77
Thursday, May 25, 7 pm, Clapp Recital Hall: Student Recital
(program to be determined)
Friday, May 26, 8 pm, Clapp Recital Hall: Final Recital
Dmitri Shostakovich: Quintet in G minor for piano, two violins, viola
and cello, op. 57
Franz Schubert: Adagio and Rondo concertante in F major for piano, viola
and cello, D. 487 (op.posth.)
Frank Martin: Ballade for cello and piano
Paul Schoenfield: Cafe-Music for piano, violin and cello