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Release: Dec. 6, 2002
VIOLINIST LA FOSSE WILL PLAY DUOS WITH OTHER UI STRING FACULTY DEC. 15
Leopold La Fosse will team up with three of his faculty colleagues at the
University of Iowa School of Music -- violist Christine Rutledge and cellists
Anthony Arnone and Hannah Holman -- to present a free concert of string duos
at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
La Fosse had originally planned something else for this date -- although
he in no way considers the program of duos to be a second choice. I
had originally planned a Baroque Ensemble concert for that date, La
When I realized that the date conflicted with another engagement for
a number of the Baroque Ensemble members, I decided that this offered an opportunity
of performing several significant and interesting works, still involving strings
in various combinations and taking advantage of the talents of School of Music
Although they are not well known to the general public, these duos
are known to string players because they are great to play. By the same token,
they are great to listen to as well, and it is an area of the repertoire that
we love to share with an audience.
The program will begin with the Duo for violin and viola in G Major, K. 423,
by W.A. Mozart, followed by the Passacaglia for violin and viola, arranged
by Halvorsen from music by George Frederic Handel, performed by La Fosse and
The next work will be the Sonata for 2 Cellos in G major by Jean Barriere,
played by Anthony Arnone and Hannah Holman.
The program will conclude with the Duo for Violin and Cello, op. 7, by Zoltan
Kodaly played by La Fosse and Holman.
La Fosse joined the UI music faculty in 1972. His performing career has included
extensive solo appearances as well as concertmaster positions with five orchestras.
At the UI he teaches violin and directs a group of students devoted to the
performance of Baroque and early Classic music, the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble.
He has also done extensive research in string pedagogy. He has twice been
to Brazil as a Fulbright lecturer and returns annually to perform, teach and
give master classes.
La Fosse continues an active international career as soloist and chamber
musician, with tours in the United States, Europe, South America and Russia.
In 1997 he celebrated his 25th anniversary on the UI faculty with a series
of four recitals displaying his versatility, appearing as a virtuoso soloist,
a chamber musician, a Baroque performance specialist and a jazz violinist.
Rutledge joined the UI faculty in 1998. She had previously been a faculty
member at Notre Dame University, where she also played with the Notre Dame
String Trio. She has appeared as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral
player throughout the United States and abroad. 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.
She is a prize winner in the Aspen Festival Viola Competition, and the recipient
of an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist's Fellowship, an Eli Lilly
Foundation grant for undergraduate teaching development, and awards from the
Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at Notre Dame. She recently
received a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Initiative at the UI,
which will assist in a solo CD recording of Early 20th-Century English
Works for Viola and Piano.
Anthony Arnone is a founding member of the Meriden Trio and the Sedgwick
String Quartet, which regularly performs at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston,
S.C. He is currently principal cellist of the Madison Symphony in Wisconsin
and has been a member of the Orchestra Philharmonique de Nice and the Wichita
Symphony. He has taught master classes in Ohio, Michigan, and North Carolina.
Before coming to the UI, he held a faculty position at Ripon College in Wisconsin
where he taught stringed instruments, music theory, chamber music and conducted
Holman joined the UI-based Maia String Quartet in the summer of 2002. She
is also assistant principal cello of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra
and the American Sinfonietta, Always an active chamber musician, she was a
founding member of the Beaumont Piano Trio, performing recitals in several
states, as well as on tour in England, and was a founding member of Quadrivium,
a music ensemble in residence at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. As soloist
she played with orchestras in Michigan, Virginia, and Georgia, and was invited
to the Pablo Casals Cello competition in Germany and the Luis Sigall Cello
Competition in Chile.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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