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Release: Oct. 18, 2002
BACH, VIVALDI AND NEW FACULTY WILL SHARE THE SPOTLIGHT OCT. 30
The music of Bach and Vivaldi, and performances by two new faculty at the
University of Iowa School of Music, will be among the features of a free concert
by the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Clapp Recital
Hall on the UI campus.
Under the direction of violinist Leopold La Fosse, a professor in the UI
School of Music, the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble is a small string orchestra
made up of current and former UI students and UI music faculty.
Appearing with La Fosse as soloists will be new UI faculty members Robert
Dick, visiting faculty in flute, and Hannah Holman, a cellist who recently
joined the Maia String Quartet. Other faculty soloists on the Oct. 30 concert
will be violinists Amy Appold and Timothy Shiu from the Maia Quartet and cellist
Anthony Arnone. UI graduate student Alla Cross, violin, and harpsichordist
Beverly Everett, who recently graduated from the UI with a doctorate in organ
performance, will also be featured at the concert.
The entire program will be:
-- J.S. Bachs Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D Major with soloists Dick,
flute; La Fosse, violin; and Everett, harpsichord;
-- the Baroque Ensembles first performance of Bachs Orchestral
Suite no. 4 in D Major, which is scored for three trumpets, 3 oboes, bassoon,
tympani and strings;
-- Vivaldis Concerto in G minor for two Cellos, performed by Arnone
and Holman; and
-- Vivaldis Concerto in B minor for four violins, performed by La Fosse,
Appold, Shiu and Cross.
The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble specializes in the performance of music from
the Baroque period in music, roughly 1600 to 1750, and the early Classic period.
They perform using copies of authentic Baroque instruments and bows. This
enables them to play their instruments in the same manner as performers of
the Baroque period, which in turn makes possible a historically appropriate
style of performance.
The group was founded in 1985 to provide violin students at the UI the opportunity
to play solo works from the Baroque and early Classic periods. Since its formation
the group has been invited to perform at a number of state and national conventions
of the Music Teachers National Association, the Music educators National Conference,
and colleges and public schools in Iowa. Their annual performance series on
the UI campus includes concerts at the UI Museum of Art, University Hospitals
Colloton Pavilion and the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.
Now in his 31st year at the UI, La Fosse continues an active schedule of
performances both in the United States and Brazil. From his first public appearance
at the age of four up to the present day, his extensive performing career
has included many solo appearances as well as concertmaster positions with
five orchestras. He has twice been to Brazil as a Fulbright lecturer and returns
annually to perform, teach and give master classes.
Dick is internationally known as a performer, composer and improviser. He
describes himself as a musician with 21st century skills and 18th century
attitudes who continues the tradition of virtuoso composer/performers
like Chopin, Paganini and Jimi Hendrix. As a performer, he is particularly
known for his mastery of extended techniques on the flute and for the high
intensity of his concerts. A highly versatile player, he performs Baroque
and Classical repertoire as well as the avant-garde pieces he is famed for,
and he has recorded the Telemann Fantasies for flute alone.
Holman, who served as principal cello with the Cedar Rapids Symphony in 2001-02,
joined the Maia Quartet in the summer of 2002. 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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