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Release: Sept. 12, 2002

Iowa Cello Society Gives Inaugural Concert At UI Sept. 28

The Iowa Cello Society, a new group organized by University of Iowa music faculty members Anthony Arnone and Hannah Holman, will hold its inaugural “Cello Day” Saturday, Sept. 28, culminating in a free concert at 7 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will feature guest artist Colin Carr for the first half of the program, and various cello ensembles -- from duos by Arnone and Holman to a cello orchestra with all cellists participating in the event on stage -- for the second half.

For his portion of the program, Carr will play two unaccompanied works for cello, the Suite No 6 in D major by J.S. Bach, and the Suite No. 3 by Benjamin Britten. The second half of the program will be worked out by members of the new organization during Cello Day activities.

Arnone said that he and Holman were inspired by similar groups in other areas to start a society for cellists in Iowa. “We knew there was a huge cello community already in Iowa City and thought it would be wonderful to have an organization that could unify the cellists in the state,” he said. “Hannah grew up in Michigan where there was the Michiana Society for many years, which I believe still exists. Our hope is to connect all the cellists in the state, be they teachers, performers or amateurs.

“So far the response has been wonderful. We have many people already signed up at this point and many saying how wonderful it is that something like this is happening here.”

For more information on the Iowa Cello Society and its inaugural Cello Day, contact Arnone at (319) 335-1641, or by e-mail at anthony-arnone@uiowa.edu; or Holman at (319) 354-3917.

Colin Carr has appeared throughout the world as soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher. As a concerto soloist, he has played with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and the orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, Philadelphia and Montreal. He is a regular guest at the BBC Promenade Concerts -- the “Proms” -- he has twice toured Australia and has also recently played concertos in South Korea, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Carr regularly performs solo recitals in London, New York and Boston. He recorded and toured extensively for 20 years as a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio. He is a frequent visitor to international chamber music festivals worldwide and has appeared often as a guest with the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets and at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

His solo recording of the unaccompanied cello works of Kodaly, Britten, Crumb and Schuller received an industry award in the United States. His recordings of the Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello performed live at Boston’s Jordan Hall have been highly acclaimed, and the Brahms Sonatas were released on CD in November 2000. He was also the soloist in Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic on a BBC Music Magazine cover CD.

Carr has won many international awards, including First Prize in the Naumburg Competition, the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Award and Second Prize in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. Having been on the faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston for 16 years, Carr currently teaches at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 1998 St. John’s College, Oxford, created the post of musician in residence for him.

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, who served as principal cello with the Cedar Rapids Symphony in 2001-02, joined the Maia Quartet in the summer of 2002. She is also assistant principal cello of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and the American Sinfonietta, She began her professional career in England, playing with the English String Orchestra under Yehudi Menuhin and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle.

On returning to the United States Holman became principal cello of the Jackson (Mich.) Symphony and assistant principal of the Greater Lansing Symphony and Michigan Chamber Orchestra. She also was assistant principal of the Richmond (Va.) Symphony.

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.

Holman has served on the faculties of the Worcester College in England, Michigan State University Community Music School and Virginia Union University. Holman studied at the Eastman School of Music and Michigan State University, where she completed her Bachelor of Music Degree. She obtained her master’s degree at the New England Conservatory in 1993.

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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