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Release: Oct. 18, 2002
LA FOSSE SPICES UP STANDARD REPERTOIRE WITH UNUSUAL FARE NOV. 3
Leopold La Fosse will mix standard repertoire with some unusual concert fare
-- three tangos for solo violin and a musical setting of a childrens
classic -- when he plays a free University of Iowa faculty recital with pianist
Rene Lecuona, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
La Fosse will open and close the recital with two pieces from the standard
violin repertoire: the Sonata for violin and piano in D Major by Jean-Marie
Leclair and the Sonata no. 3 in D minor for violin and piano by Johannes Brahms.
Between these Classical bookends La Fosse will present two relatively new
works that arent likely to show up on anyones list of standard
recital fare: Three Tango-Etudes for violin alone by Astor Piazolla,
and Ferdinand for speaker and solo violin, based on the classic
tale by Munro Leaf as put to music by Alan Ridout.
Susan Sondrol Jones, coordinator of the voice, opera and choral areas at
the School of Music, will be the speaker for Ferdinand.
These newer pieces may be quite different stylistically, but they have other
factors in common. Not only are they among the newer pieces available for
unaccompanied violin, they are both relatively recent discoveries for La Fosse
as well. And it was the same performer -- the idiosyncratic Latvian violinist
Gidon Kremer, who followed up early triumphs in the Paganini and Tchaikovsky
competitions with a highly individual career based on contemporary music and
startlingly diverse musical interests -- who led La Fosse to both works.
Piazolla, the Argentine bandoneon players whose new tango became
one of the musical sensations of the late 20th century, is a recent interest
of La Fosses. In recent years I have become an ardent fan of Astor
Piazzolla, he said. I have quite a few of his recordings, as well
as recordings of his music by violinist Gidon Kremer, who has had a number
of arrangements made of Piazzollas music for his group Kremerata
As for Ferdinand, La Fosse reported, I happened to hear
a performance on the radio by Kremer, and I found myself totally charmed.
I immediately bought the music and determined to program it at the earliest
opportunity. Its a fun piece, besides being quite demanding, technically.
I hope the audience enjoys it as much as I do!
Now in his 31st year on the UI music faculty, La Fosse continues an active
performing career in the United States and Brazil. 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.
He has had performances at Wigmore Hall in London, Sala Cecilia Mireles in
Rio de Janeiro, Town Hall in New York, and the National Gallery, Phillips
Gallery and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. 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.
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 65 on-campus concerts.
She is featured on several CD recordings, including two major chamber works
of the composer Hans Gal with UI violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel and cellist
Fulbert Slenczka, and songs of Arthur Honegger with UI soprano Rachel Joselson.
Lecuona has given solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States,
South America and the Caribbean. She has appeared as concerto soloist with
orchestras in New York and Iowa. As an Artistic Ambassador for the United
States, she gave concerts and master classes in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and
Trinidad and Tobago. She has also performed solo recitals and given master
classes at many universities in Brazil.
An advocate of 20th-century music, Lecuona has appeared as solo pianist and
chamber musician in concerts of the UI Center for New Music. Her 20th-century
repertoire includes several premieres of new works. Martin Jenni, retired
from the UI School of Music, has written two solo piano works for her.
An alumna of the UI School of Music, Jones is an adjunct professor of voice
and coordinator of the voice, opera and choral areas. She has had an extremely
diverse professional career, having appeared in opera and oratorio throughout
the Midwest, been a member of the renowned Dale Warland Singers and the Bach
Society of Minnesota, and sung solo recitals with a variety of instrumental
A great deal of her career has focused on the teaching of singing, beginning
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Music Clinic and extending to
faculty appointments at the UW Parkside and the MacPhail Center for the Arts
at the University of Minnesota. At the MacPhail Center she served as chair
of the voice department and initiated a series of Artist Master Classes that
has served as the model for similar programs throughout the country. She has
served two terms are North Central Governor and four years as Minnesota State
Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
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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