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Release: Dec. 6, 2002

VIOLINIST LA FOSSE WILL PLAY DUOS WITH OTHER UI STRING FACULTY DEC. 15

Violinist 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 Fosse explained.

“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 faculty members.”

“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 Rutledge.

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 the Orchestra.

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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