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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 dell’opera ‘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’ life.

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.

Bach’s 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 contemporary oboists.

Gullickson has won critical acclaim for concert appearances throughout North America, Europe and most recently the People’s 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 talent!"

Gullickson made her solo debut in New York City’s 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 bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University before attending the UI. She is the recipient of grants for her research in 18th-century music and the oboe d’amore. 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 York’s 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. Novgorodsky’s collaborative activities include a three-year affiliation with violinist Sarah Chang, and cellists Ole Akahoshi and Kenneth Kuo.

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