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Release: Feb. 2, 2001

Israeli consular official will introduce Israel Camerata concert in UI Hancher Auditorium

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Feb. 13 concert by the Israel Camerata Jerusalem and pianist
Ilya Itin in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will include an official greeting from the state of Israel. David Roet, deputy consul at the Midwest Consulate General of Israel in Chicago, will be on hand to introduce the concert from the Hancher stage on behalf of the Israeli government.

Roet, who was born in Israel but spent part of his youth in the United States, is a graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

He was previously stationed at the Israeli Embassy in Seoul, Korea, where he served as deputy chief of mission, in charge of political, economic and press affairs. For three years he was a counselor in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ South East Asia division, where he worked to improve Israel’s delicate relations with South East Asia’s Moslem countries, with which Israel has no diplomatic ties.

Under the direction of Avner Biron, the Israel Camerata Jerusalem will perform Haydn’s Symphony No. 78 in C minor; two works by Mozart, the Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major,
K. 595 with Itin, and the Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201; and "Prayer," written for the Israel Camerata Jerusalem by Israeli composer Tzvi Avni.

The Israel Camerata Jerusalem, described in the New York Times as "the best of the new generation of Israeli ensembles" and in the Cleveland Plain Dealer as "dashingly virtuosic," is a particular showcase for Russian emigres. More than a dozen of the orchestra’s 36 members held positions as soloists in many of the renowned orchestras of the former Soviet Union.

Eye Surgeons Associates P.C. is the corporate sponsor of this event, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are available from the Hancher box office: (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER

For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>. Learn about the Israel Camerata Jerusalem and Ilya Itin, visit at <http://www.jwentworth.com/iscam/ >.