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Release: Oct. 6, 2000
(BROADCASTERS: Novgorodsky is pronounced nove-go-RODE-skee.)
Oboist Gullickson, UI alumna and visiting faculty member, will present
recital Oct. 16
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Oboist Andrea Gullickson, a graduate of the University
of Iowa School of Music as well as a visiting UI faculty member this fall,
will present a faculty recital with pianist Dmitri Novgorodsky at 8 p.m. Monday,
Oct. 16 in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus. Their
performance will be free and open to the public.
Gullickson studied at the UI with Mark Weiger, whom she is replacing this
fall while he is on leave from the university. After she received a doctorate
from the UI, Gullickson taught at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh,
where Novgorodsky is also currently on the faculty.
For their recital Oct. 16, Gullickson and Novgorodsky will play four works:
the Sonata for Oboe and piano, op. 166, of Camille Saint-Saens; the Duo concertante
for oboe and piano by Antal Dorati; the Sonata in G minor, BWV 1030b of J.S.
Bach; and the Concerto "Sopra motivi dellopera La Favorita
de Donizetti" (Concerto based on motives from the opera "La Favorita"
by Donizetti) by Antonio Pasculli.
One of the most important French composers of the late 19th and early 20th
centuries, Saint-Saens had a long and extremely productive life. In his 86
years he wrote 13 operas, three symphonies, numerous orchestral tone poems,
five piano concertos, three violin concertos, two cello concertos, chamber
music, songs and choral works -- producing music, he once said, "as an
apple tree produces apples."
The Sonata for oboe and piano was written in 1921, the last year of Saint-Saens
Dorati is remembered as one of the most prominent conductors of the mid-20th
century, but he was also a composer from a very young age. His music was deeply
influenced by his teacher, the Hungarian composer and collector of Hungarian
folk songs Zoltan Kodaly. In his Duo concertante, Dorati aimed to create music
in a traditional Hungarian style for the oboe, an instrument that is not characteristic
of Hungarian folk music.
Bachs Sonata in G minor for oboe is a reconstruction from the Sonata
in B minor for flute, composed in Leipzig in the 1730s. The basis of the reconstruction
is a manuscript of a harpsichord part, written between 1717 and 1723. Although
the solo instrument is not indicated on this manuscript fragment, the key
and the range -- which are unsuitable for the flute -- suggest that it was
intended for the oboe.
Antonio Pasculli was considered the greatest oboe virtuoso of the early
20th century. He wrote at least nine fantasias based on operatic themes, each
pushing the virtuosic and technical capabilities of the oboe beyond anything
previously known, and each of his fantasias remains a great showpiece for
Gullickson has won critical acclaim for concert appearances throughout North
America, Europe and most recently the Peoples Republic of China. Reviewers
have found "her performance artistry of the highest quality" and
noted that "she plays with a beautiful sense of line and shape and a
tenacious integrity that is an inspiration to all in the profession."
Another critic commented that "she is indeed, a musician of exceptional
Gullickson made her solo debut in New York Citys famed Carnegie Hall
in May of 1998. Her most recent concert engagements have included the Bach
Aria Festival (N.Y.), the Bach Camerata (Cal.), the Annual Conference of the
International Double Reed Society (Fla.), and the Banff Centre for the Arts
(Alberta, Canada), as well as performances as soloist with the Lakeshore Chorale
(Warsaw, Krakow, Prague).
A native of Walhalla, N.D., Gullickson received her bachelors degree
from Michigan State University and a masters degree from Northwestern
University before attending the UI. She is the recipient of grants for her
research in 18th-century music and the oboe damore. She has made CD
recordings as a soloist and as a member of the highly acclaimed chamber ensemble
WIZARDS! for the CRS and Crystal labels.
Novgorodsky was born in Odessa, the former USSR. By the age of 16, he had
won the First Prize at the Kazakhstan National Piano Competition, and he later
won the Gold Medal of the National Festival of the Arts. After graduating
with high honors from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Novgorodsky
emigrated to Israel.
In 1992 Novgorodsky was offered a full scholarship to study with noted pianist
Boris Berman at Yale University. While at Yale he received four distinguished
honorary awards for best piano recitals and, last year, the Special Faculty
Prize to an outstanding pianist in the graduating class.
Novgorodsky has appeared as a soloist in Russia, Kazakhstan, France, Byelorussia,
Ukraine, Israel and Canada. In the United States he has performed at New Yorks
Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
In 1998 Novgorodsky was granted permanent U.S. residence for "Extraordinary
Abilities in the Arts," as one of a small number of those who have risen
to the top in their field of endeavor. Novgorodskys collaborative activities
include a three-year affiliation with violinist Sarah Chang, and cellists
Ole Akahoshi and Kenneth Kuo.
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