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Release: Oct. 20, 2000
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Bassoonist Coelho and UI faculty colleagues collaborate
to present concert of duets Nov. 1
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Bassoonist Benjamin Coelho is a very
persuasive musician, since he has induced no fewer than seven of his faculty
colleagues at the University of Iowa School of Music to assist him in presenting
an entire program of duos for bassoon with other media -- instrumental and
vocal, electronic and acoustic -- at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1 in Clapp Recital
Hall on the UI campus.
Coelhos faculty recital will be free and open to
The program, ranging from Mozart to electronic music,
is as varied in style as in media. Some of the pieces will be part of a CD
that Coelho plans to record in the spring, but some pieces are on the program
simply because Coelho wants to play them.
"Ive been thinking about playing a program
like this for about 15 years," Coelho said. "Im fortunate
to have excellent musicians as colleagues here at the UI, players who are
willing to take time out of their busy schedule to play this concert."
The program, combining an eclectic list of composers with
a large portion of the School of Music faculty directory, comprises seven
-- Sonata for bassoon and cello, K. 292, by Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart, performed with cellist Amos Yang;
-- "Composites" for marimba and bassoon, composed
in 1980 by Dean Witten and performed with percussionist Dan Moore;
-- Sonata for two bassoons by Francisco Mignone, performed
with bassoonist William LaRue Jones, who is most often seen by audiences as
conductor of the University Symphony;
-- "Pre-Images" for bassoon and tape composed
for Coelho by Lawrence Fritts, director of the UI Electronic Music Studios;
-- Three Songs for bassoon and voice by Francisco Mignone,
performed with mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle;
-- Sonata for Clarinet and bassoon by Francis Poulenc,
performed with clarinetist Maurita Murphy Mead; and
-- "Bachianas Brasileiras" No. 6 for flute and
bassoon by Heitor Villa-Lobos, performed with Coelhos brother, flutist
It is appropriate that the Coelho brothers Benjamin and
Tadeu would close the program with a piece by their fellow-Brazilian, Villa-Lobos.
One of the most prolific composers of the 20th century, Villa-Lobos wrote
more than 1,000 compositions, including almost all imaginable combinations
of instruments and voices.
Characteristic of his output is the series of nine works
known as "Bachianas Brasileiras," which means roughly "Brazilian
pieces in the style of Bach." Inspired by Bachs counterpoint, the
series includes pieces for solo piano, chamber orchestra, full orchestra,
the unlikely combination of soprano and eight cellos, and others.
The sixth piece of the set is a two-movement suite exploring
Villa-Lobos extension of Bachs two-part inventions, combined with
the influence of the Brazilian popular idiom known as "choros."
The form is borrowed from Bach, but the themes are presented in a manner that
is purely Brazilian. The duality is underlined by the titles of the two movements,
one characteristically Baroque and one unmistakably Brazilian: Aria and Choro.
Coelho has worked extensively as performer and teacher
of bassoon, in both the United States and his native Brazil. He was a founding
member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, with whom he played a sold-out concert
in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. The quintet won various chamber music
competitions including Artists International, Coleman and Monterey Peninsula
chamber music competitions. As a soloist, Coelho has played recitals and concertos
in Brazil, the United States, Canada and Portugal.
In Brazil, Coelho has played principal bassoon with the
Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, the Grupo de Musica
Contemporanea of Minas Gerais and the Gramado Woodwind Quintet. He taught
bassoon at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte in Brazil,
where he served as the elected vice-dean of the School of Music.
Coelho started studying bassoon at the age of 10 at the
Tatui Conservatory in his native Brazil. He graduated with honors from the
State University of New York at Purchase and received a master's degree from
the Manhattan School of Music in New York. He is currently completing a doctorate
at Indiana University.
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