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Release: May 11, 2001

International Chamber Music festival coming to campus

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Magisterra, the International Chamber Music Festival at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a series of concerts for the public May 30-June 9. Featuring UI faculty and the guest artists of the festival, these free concerts will be presented in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Public concerts will be held in Clapp Recital Hall at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, Friday, June 1,Tuesday, June 5, Thursday, June 7 and Saturday, June 9. There will be a longer "Marathon" concert in Clapp Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, and a special program at Trinity Episcopal Church at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3.

Lectures on the "History of String Playing on Film" will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, June 4 and 6, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building.

Guest artists for the festival will be musicians with international careers, many of whom are not often heard in the United States. They are: pianist Juhani Lagerspetz; violinists Christian Altenberger and Mark Gothoni; violists Vladimir Mendelssohn and former UI faculty member William Preucil; and cellists Terry King and Martti Rousi.

Current UI faculty artists participating in the festival will be violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel, who is returning for her second year as artistic director; violist Christine Rutledge; double bassist Diana Gannett; pianists David Gompper, Rene Lecuona and Uriel Tsachor; soprano Rachel Joselson; horn player Kristin Thelander; flutist Tadeu Coelho; clarinetist Maurita Murphy Mead; and members of the Maia String Quartet, Amy Kuhlmann Appold and Timothy Shiu, violins; Elizabeth Oakes, viola; and Amos Yang, cello.

Vogel commented on the make-up of the festival programming, "One of the many distinguishing features of Magisterra is the repertoire which includes rarely heard masterworks by some of the world's great masters on the same program with musical gems by little known composers. The music is played by a kaleidoscope of musicians. Rather than a group of musicians who play an entire concert together, most Magisterra artists perform in all the concerts -- sometimes in duos, trios, quartets, even octets. Every concert features different configurations of musicians and each evening is different."

In a new position, Judith Hurtig is managing director of this year's festival. The assistant director of Hancher Auditorium and a life-long fan of chamber music, Hurtig has served on the board of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for chamber musicians.

Hurtig commented: "As an audience member for Magisterra in 2000, I really loved the range and variety of the repertoire. I went to almost all of the concerts, which were filled with wonderful music, much of it unfamiliar to me.

"The experience last spring made me want to get involved in this festival and help it to set down strong roots in this community. I have been to chamber music festivals all over the country, but Magisterra allows me -- and the whole community -- to have the festival experience right here at home."

For the second year, the festival will include a "Marathon" concert, an extended performance that explores an area of repertoire with more depth than standard concert formats would allow. This year the subject of the Marathon will be "U.S Meets Europe in the 20th Century." The concert, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in Clapp Recital Hall, will be hosted by Dennis Green, general manager of radio station KCCK, who will briefly introduce the works and provide context for each performance.

Vogel said, "In the Marathon concert I wanted to show the different directions the contemporary music scene has gone on the two continents. Of course, one program can only show a starting glimpse of the idea, since we have only so many musicians and rehearsals available.

"Also after the success we have with last year's Schnittke concert I wanted to keep making unconventional programs attractive to an audience. And I believe that living in the 21st century we have to keep pushing for performances of 20th-century music and make it attractive not only to an audience but also to our students, to teach them the value of the music."

A special feature of the festival will be the lectures on "The History of String Performance on Film: 1926-1955," at 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, June 4 and 6, in Harper Hall. Presented by cellist Terry King, the lectures will feature portions of films of great string artists. The Monday lecture will focus on violinists and violists and will include film of Fritz Kreisler, Yehudi Menuhin, Jascha Heifetz, William Primrose and others. Cellists will be featured on Wednesday, including Pablo Casals, Gregor Piatigorsky, Leonard Rose and Emmanuael Feuermann.

A new feature of Magisterra this year will be chamber music performances by area high school students in the lobby of Clapp Hall before four of the performances. A double bass quartet with students from several schools will perform 7:15-7:45 on Wednesday, May 30; the Chantarelle String Quartet from the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City will perform 7:15-7:45 Friday, June 1; the City High Piano Trio will perform 6:45-7:15 Saturday, June 2; and the del Gesu String Quartet from the Preucil School will perform 7:15-7:45 Tuesday, June 5.

Local support for Magisterra will also come from the Iowa City Press-Citizen, as the corporate sponsor for the 2001 festival.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.

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University of Iowa faculty artists

Annette-Barbara Vogel (violin, festival director) joined the UI faculty in 1999. She has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, playing as a soloist with orchestra, a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared at the Aspen, Ravinia, Chautauqua, Menuhin and Schleswig-Holstein festivals, among others. She performed the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano in a series of three recitals at the UI, with pianist Ulirch Hofmann. Vogel has taught master classes in Europe, the United States and Asia, and was artist in residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she taught on the faculty and was a member of the Monticello Trio.

Diana Gannett (double bass) is the principal double bass of the Quad City Symphony. A graduate of the UI School of Music, Gannett returned to the UI to teach double bass in the fall of 1992. As a teacher and performer she has had an active career including appointments at Yale University, the Hartt School of Music, Oberlin College and the University of South Florida. She has been principal double bass of several professional orchestras. As a chamber musician she has performed with members of the Guarneri, Emerson, Laurentian and Stanford string quartets and the Borodin Trio. Her frequent solo appearances have included many premieres and solo improvisations as well as traditional repertoire. She has recorded for Irida Records and has a solo CD, "Ladybass."

Uriel Tsachor (piano) joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in the fall of 1988. A Steinway artist, Tsachor was the first prize-winner of the Bosendorfer Empire International Competition in 1986, the second prize-winner of the Busoni Competition in 1985 and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in 1983. He has performed as a soloist in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, New York, Chicago, Vienna, Paris, and other cities around the world. Tsachor has performed with the Israel Philharmonic by invitation from Zubin Mehta. He has performed both live and in recordings for radio and television stations in Israel, Europe and the United States, and he has made numerous recordings.

Christine Rutledge (viola): Rutledge joined the UI faculty in 1998. A graduate of the UI School of Music, she has studied with William Preucil. She has appeared as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player throughout the United States and abroad. She performs as a member of the Fontana Chamber Music Festival ensemble. Her performances and recordings with the Notre Dame String Trio have earned glowing reviews from The Strad, Fanfare and other music publications. Her solo performances have included those before her professional peers at the 23rd International Viola Congress in Bloomington, Ind., the 24th Congress in Germany, and the International Viola Congress in Sweden. She has performed the standard viola repertoire, her own transcriptions of Baroque works, several lesser known works for viola, and new works that were written specifically for her.

David Gompper (piano, composer): Gompper joined the music theory and composition faculty of the UI School of Music in 1991. He has received numerous awards for his academic and musical achievements, including the Charles E. Ives Prize for composition from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Composers Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Gompper has traveled to Thessaloniki, Greece, and the University of Auckland in New Zealand to lecture on current American musical trends in composition. In May, 1999, he performed a concert of his works and lectured at the Moscow Conservatory of Music in Russia. He has also served as a cultural specialist for the United States Information Agency in Kwangju, South Korea.

Rene Lecuona (piano): Lecuona maintains an active teaching and performing schedule at the UI School of Music, including frequent collaborations with her faculty colleagues. Since joining the faculty in1990 she has appeared in more than 55 on-campus concerts. She has given solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, South America and the Caribbean. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in a chamber performance in Weill Recital Hall in 1993, and she has appeared as concerto soloist with orchestras in New York and Iowa. As an Artistic Ambassador for the United States, she has given concerts and master classes in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Trinidad and Tobago. She has also performed solo recitals and given master classes in Mexico and Brazil.

Rachel Joselson (soprano): Before joining the School of Music faculty in the fall of 1997, Joselson spent 13 years in Europe performing in opera and concert. In the 1995-96 season she had her first engagement at the Metropolitan Opera, and was engaged by London's Covent Garden for their 1992 Japan tour with Mozart's "Don Giovanni." She has performed many of the major soprano roles in the repertoire, including Leonore in Beethoven's "Fidelio," in her most recent debut at the 1999 Gars, Austria, Summer Festival; Mimi in Puccini's "La Boheme," Micaela in Bizet's "Carmen," Melisande in Debussy's "Pelleas et Melisande," Donna Elvira in Mozart's "Don Giovanni," Tosca, Elisabetta in Verdi's "Don Carlo," and Eva in Wagner's "Meistersingers of Nuremberg," among others.

Kristin Thelander (horn): Thelander joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1989 and was elected director of the School of Music in 2000. Active as both soloist and chamber musician, she is a member of the Iowa Brass Quintet. As a guest artist she performed a solo with the Chinese National Opera Orchestra for the opening concert of the International Horn Symposium held in Beijing in July, 2000. During the summer she performs with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Ore. She was the first prize-winner in the 1981 American Horn Competition, and she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, South Korea and the People's Republic of China.

Tadeu Coelho (flute): 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 performs a wide range of repertoire, with special interest in the music of Latin America. Many composers have written works for him.

Maurita Murphy Mead (clarinet): Mead is in her 19th year teaching clarinet on the faculty of the UI School of Music. Her many solo invitations have included international clarinet conferences, and she has been principal clarinet of several Midwestern orchestras, including the Cedar Rapids Symphony. As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Cleveland Quartet and other ensembles. Her "On The Fence" performance, combining jazz, jazz-influenced compositions and classical works on a single program, was a featured recital at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. It was followed by "Over the Fence," a CD of Brazilian choros she recorded with pianist Rafael Dos Santos, a UI alumnus. She and Dos Santos have recently completed their second CD, "Red Hot and Brazilian."

Maia String Quartet: Founded in1990, the Maia Quartet (Amy Appold and Timothy Shiu, violins; Elizabeth Oakes, viola; and Amos Yang, cello) has established itself nationally with performances in major concert halls including Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre in Washington, D.C., and Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival. In 1999 they gave a concert at the German Embassy in Washington, in honor of the Czech Republic's entry into NATO. In recent years they have had summer teaching engagements at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Austin Chamber Music Festival, the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and the Cedar Rapids Symphony School.

The quartet has gained wide recognition for its educational outreach activities. It has participated in a three-year project in partnership with the Aspen Music Festival under a grant from the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Foundation aimed at building adult audiences. The members of the quartet have shared their love of music with children under the auspices of Young Audiences, Inc., and the Midori Foundation, and they have given performances for families with children at Lincoln Center and the U.N. School in New York.

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Guest artists

Vladimir Mendelssohn (viola) is a world-class violist who lives up to the great tradition of his family name and has performed with major orchestras and artists throughout the world. A professor at the Royal Conservatory in Den Hague (The Netherlands), the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen (Germany), and the Toscanini Academy in Bologna (Italy), Mendelssohn has conducted his famous master classes in France, Holland, Italy, Scandinavia, and Switzerland. His recordings are available on the following labels: Denon, Forlande, Electracord, Ottavo, Ondine and CBS. His recording of the Brahms Lieder (Ottavo) was awarded the prestigious Avro Public Prize.

Juhani Lagerspetz (piano) was accepted for study at the Turku Conservatory in 1965 when he was six years old. Since that promising beginning he has won many national and international competitions including the special prize of the jury at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1982. A professor at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki) since 1983, Lagerspetz has received two five-year artist's grants from the Finnish government. In 1994, he was presented the coveted Alfred Kordelin Foundation Prize for his accomplishments as a young artist.

Christian Altenburger (violin): A native of Vienna, Altenburger graduated from the Vienna Conservatory and later studied with legendary teacher Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School in New York. Since 1990 he has been on the faculty of the Hannover Conservatory in Germany. His repertoire ranges from Bach to the present, with numerous world premieres to his credit. He has performed chamber music with colleagues including Thomas Demenga, Heinz Holliger, Kim Kashkasian, Thomas Riebl, Melvyn Tan and Lars Vogt. He has toured with the Vienna Symphony under conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch, performed with the Viennese Konzerthaus, given a debut with the Oslo Philharmonic, and given recitals at the Viennese Musikverein and Wigmore Hall in London. He has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Kuhmo Festival, Musikferstwochen Luzern, Marlboro, Ravinia and the Vienna Festival.

Mark Gothoni (violin): After attending the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, Gothoni went to Munich in 1984 to continue his studies. A major prize-winner at several international competitions, including the Brahms Violin Competition in Hamburg in 1990, he was chosen in 1991 as Debutant of the Year at the Jyvaskyla Arts Festival in Finland. Since then he has performed regularly with leading orchestras in his native country. He has toured five continents and is a frequent guest at festivals across Europe, in Israel and throughout the Far East. As a chamber musician, he has become known especially as the founder and first violinist of the Gothoni Quartet. He has also worked for many years as a guest-leader of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, and the Kammerphilharmonie Amade.

William Preucil (viola): Preucil taught on the UI music faculty for more than 35 years, from 1958 util his retirement in 1997. He served as violist for the Stradivari Quartet at the UI and principal violist of the Cedar Rapids Symphony. He has toured throughout North America and to more than 25 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He had a solo recital tour of Japan in 1982, and is the recording artist for books of the Suzuki Viola School, a world-wide string teaching method based on principles put forward by the Japanese music teacher Shinichi Suzuki. An acclaimed teacher, Preucil has presented master classes throughout the world, from Russia to Australia. In 1992 he was awarded the M.L. Huit Faculty Award at the UI for his dedication and service to his students.

Terry King (cello): A cellist, musical scholar, chamber musician and conductor, Terry King has been known in Iowa as a member of the Mirecourt Trio, for many years in residence at Grinnell College. He has also taught at the UI as well as the San Francisco Conservatory, the University of California at Berkeley and California State University at Fullerton. He is currently teaching at the Longy School of Music and the Hartt School of Music. His repertoire includes classic works for cello, unknown masterworks he has found throughout the world and works written specifically for him. He is presently engaged in a recording project of standard and American works for cello on the Music and Arts label.

Martti Rousi (cello): After studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, Roussi won the first prize at the Turku (Finland) National Cello Competition. Since then he has appeared with leading Finnish orchestras and been invited to festival concerts. In 1985 he received a Fulbright scholarship to study with Janos Starker at Indiana University. The following year he received international recognition by winning the silver medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Since then he has performed with leading Scandinavian and European orchestras. He also participates in many chamber festivals both in Europe and the United States. Since 1992 he has been the artistic director of Turku Music Festival, and 1998 he became a professor at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. His recordings include several solo and chamber recordings for ONDINE label.

Dennis Green (host/announcer): Following a career that spanned 20 years, Dennis Green retired from daily on-air duties when he was named general manager of KCCK, the jazz public radio station operated by Kirkwood Community College, in 1999. Green serves as the host of the Cedar Rapids Symphony's "Classic Innovations" concert series, and has been a member of the Symphony Guild "Follies" cast for four years. Each year he hosts events for more than 30 organizations, including the Freedom Festival, Theatre Cedar Rapids and Kirkwood Fine Arts. He is the 2001-02 president of the Cedar Rapids Area Cultural Alliance and is a director on the board of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation. He serves on the board of the Iowa City Jazz Festival and is a founding director of the Jazz Society of Eastern Iowa.

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Magisterra 2001

Concert Schedule

Wednesday, May 30, 8 pm, Clapp Recital Hall: Recital 1

Sergei Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, op. 34
Franz Schmidt: Quintet in G major for piano left hand and strings
Felix Mendelssohn: Sextet in G major for piano and strings, op. 110

Friday, June 1, 8 pm, Clapp Recital Hall: Recital 2

Dmitri Shostakovich: Preludio, Gavotte and Valse for two violins and piano
Ernst von Dohnanyi: Quintet in C minor for piano and strings, op. 1
W.A. Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, KV 478
Dmitri Shostakovich: Two pieces for four violins, two violas and two cellos, op. 11

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 pm, Clapp Recital Hall: "Europe and the U.S. Meet in the 20th Century"

Olivier Messiaen (France): "Quartet for the End of Time" (two movements) (1941)
Sofia Gubaidulina (Russia): Sonata for double bass and piano (1975)
Miriam Marbe (Rumania): Sonata for viola and tape (1965)
Sir Lennox Berkeley (England): Trio for violin, horn and piano, op. 44 (1953)
David Gompper (U.S.): "Butterfly Dance" for piano, clarinet, violin, viola and cello (2001)
Bruno Maderna (Italy): "Viola" for solo viola (1971)
Piotr Radko (Poland): Four Bagatelles for violin and piano (one movement; world premiere) (2000)
Joan Tower (U.S.):" Tres lent" (in memoriam, O. Messiaen) for cello and piano (1994)
Peter Kiesewetter (Germany): "Tango Pathetique" for piano quartet (1970)
Einojuhani Ruatavaara (Finland): Two Preludes and Fugues for cello and piano (1969)
Bruce Adolphe (U.S.) "The Bitter, Sour, Salt Suite" for violin solo (Music and Poems about Food; four movements)
Hans Werner Henze (Germany): "Adagio adagio," Serenade for piano trio (1993)
Rob Dubois (Belgium): "Vladimir's Hideaway" for viola and piano
Witold Lutoslawski (Poland): Variations on a Theme by Paganini for two pianos (1941)

Sunday, June 3, 3 pm, Trinity Episcopal Church

Franz Schubert: Trio Satz in B-flat major (American premiere of second movement, realized by Vladimir Mendelssohn)
Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C major

Monday June 4, 7 p.m., Harper Hall: "The History of String performance on Film: 1926-1955," Part I, violinists and violists

Tuesday, June 5, 8 pm, Clapp Recital Hall: Recital 3

Ludwig van Beethoven: Serenade in D major for flute, violin and viola, op. 25
Clara Schumann: Three Romances for violin and piano
Ottorino Respighi: "Il Tramonto" for soprano and string quartet
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, op. 25

Wednesday June 6, 7 p.m., Harper Hall: "The History of String performance on Film: 1926-1955," Part II, cellists

Thursday, June 7, 8 pm, Clapp Recital Hall: Recital 4

Jean Marie Leclair: Sonata in E minor for two violins, op. 3 no. V
Bohuslav Martinu: Trio for piano, flute and cello (1994)
Hans Gal: Five Intermezzos for string quartet, op. 10 no. 2
Matti Rautio: Divertimento for cello and piano (1955)
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, op. 50

Saturday, June 9, 8 pm, Clapp Recital Hall: Final Recital

W.A. Mozart: Prelude, Adagio, KV 404a
J.S. Bach: Fugue (from the Well Tempered Klavier, arr. by W.A. Mozart)
Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: Piano Trio in D major, op. 11
Pablo de Sarasate: "Navarra" for two violins and piano, op. 33
Igor Stravinsky: "Tango-Valse-Ragtime" from "L'Historie du Soldat" (The Soldier's Tale)
Antonin Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A major, op. 81