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Release: Aug. 24, 2001

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Tadeu Coelho is pronounced tah-DAY-oo QUAIL-yo.)

Flutist Tadeu Coelho will present UI faculty recital

Flutist Tadeu Coelho will perform three major sonatas and other works for flute and piano when he presents a University of Iowa faculty recital with pianist Shari Rhoads at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their performance will be free and open to the public.

Coelho and Rhoads will perform sonatas by 18th-century composer Johann Gottfried Muethel, early 20th-century composer Phillippe Gaubert and contemporary composer Jindich Feld.

They will also perform "Harlequin" by Margaret Cornils, an evocation of Picasso’s paintings of Harlequin that was written for Coelho last year; and "Sicilienne et Burlesque" by Italian compser Alfredo Casella.

"I have prepared a repertoire for this year that features works with dramatic content," Coelho said. "The pieces range from Baroque to modern, but as a general thread they all explore the flute not only by its technical and acoustical capabilities but also by its power to convey many different moods -- from the elegance of the gallant sonata by Muethel to the serious drama of the sonata by Feld and the comical, post-modern, aspects of Cornils’ piece."

German organist and composer Johann Muethel was a personal friend of J.S. Bach and later of his musically innovative son, C.P.E. Bach. Muethel was described as one of the best organ and clavier players and composers of his time. Only a few of Muthel’s works were published, among them two concertos for keyboard and strings, three sonatas and a duet for two keyboards.

Jindrich Feld was born in Prague in 1925. His formal training in composition was at the Prague Conservatory and at the Academy of Music, where he graduated in 1952. In the same year he earned his doctorate from Charles University in Prague in musicology, aesthetics and philosophy.

In 1990 Feld became head of the music department of Czech Radio, where he served until 1992. Some of his recent works include the String Quartet No. 6, Quintetto capriccioso, Symphony No. 3, and several works for wind band. The Flute Sonata was dedicated to the famous French flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal.

Gaubert was a French flutist, conductor and composer. He studied at the Paris Conservatory, where he won First Prize for a concerto performance as well as the coveted Prix de Rome. He taught flute and conducting at the conservatory and was long respected as a soloist, orchestral principal and teacher. In 1931 he became artistic director at the Paris Opera.

Gaubert is mainly known for his flute works, but he also wrote several operas, orchestral and chamber music. His Flute Sonata in G Major was dedicated to the solo flute in the orchestras of the Paris Opera and the Concerts Lamoureux, Jean Boulze. Its three lyrical movements explore, in a distilled manner, the technical and expressive qualities of the flute and piano.

Margaret Cornils is a flutist who has always composed along with her playing, but it wasn't until after she graduated from college that her composition became more prominent in her life. Her music has been performed throughout the Midwest and was featured on the Iowa Public Television show "Living In Iowa."

Coelho says that "she has taken one of Picasso’s Harlequins and brought him to life! The change of moods, the jester and the acrobat are all displayed in the short comic piece she wrote for me. I think she intended this piece to thrill, captivate and maybe even make the player and the audience smile a bit."

A composer, pianist and conductor who showed his musical aptitude very early, Casella entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1896. While there he studied with Gabriele Faure and became friends with Maurice Ravel and Georges Enesco. In 1915 he returned to Italy, taking a position as piano professor at the Liceo di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where he actively promoted the works of Bartok, Stravinsky, Schoenberg and other contemporary composers.

Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. An international touring artist sponsored by the Miyazawa Flute Company, 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 and complete."

Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire, with special interest in the music of Latin America. His 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.

Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty in the fall of 2000. Before arriving at the UI she taught music history at the Musikhochschule (Music conservatory) in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. Rhoads has also been Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater and conductor/coach at the opera theater in Darmstadt, Germany. She was coach at the Barcelona and Madrid opera theaters.

Her accompanying credentials include recitals with Jose Carreras, Luis Lima and Montserrat Caballe with whom she worked exclusively as coach/accompanist and orchestrator. She has accompanied master classes with a number of renowned artists including singer Gerard Souzay, cellist Lynn Harrell and violist William Primrose, and served as staff accompanist for the Francesco Vinas (Barcelona, Spain) and Munich International competitions.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts. For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu.