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Release: April 9, 2003

IPTV Will Broadcast UI Symphony Sunday, April 13

Performances by the University of Iowa Symphony will be broadcast statewide on Iowa Public Television around 9:35 p.m. Sunday, April 13, following the weekly network presentation of ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre.

The broadcast will feature the University Symphony with conductor William LaRue Jones and cello soloist Anthony Arnone in performances of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas and the "Elegie" for cello and orchestra by Gabriel Faure.

The two works were part of a concert by the symphony, given Feb. 26, in Hancher Auditorium on the UI campus.

Made widely popular with the Disney animation in the film "Fantasia," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" -- first performed in Paris in 1897 -- portrays through music the story of a young magician's apprentice who tries to lighten his workload by experimenting with magic spells he has seen his master use.

Known to American audiences chiefly for his lovely Requiem and a handful of songs, Faure was one of the most distinguished figures of his generation in France. After holding a series of increasingly important organist's posts from the 1870s into the 1890s, he was appointed to the Paris Conservatory, in 1896 as professor of composition and in 1905 as director. Published first as a piece for cello and piano, his "Elegie" was arranged for cello and orchestra by the composer in 1895.

Now in his second year on the UI string faculty, 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 was principal cellist of the Madison Symphony in Wisconsin 1996-2001, was a member of the Orchestra Philharmonique de Nice and the Wichita Symphony, and was principal cellist of the Spoleto Festival in Italy 1992-1997.

A UI music alumnus, Jones joined the faculty of the School of Music in 1997 as director of the University Symphony and director of orchestral studies. Prior to joining the UI faculty, Jones was the founding music director/administrator of the internationally recognized Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.

Jones has appeared as a guest conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonie Orchester AML-Luzern (Switzerland) and other orchestras around the world. He has conducted all-state and festival orchestras in 46 states and five Canadian provinces. He has been conductor-in-residence at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Miami (Fla.).

The broadcasts of the University Symphony were sponsored by the UI and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <ur-acr@uiowa.edu>.

For more information on Iowa Public Television, visit their web page at http://www.iptv.org.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.Writer: Dana Kavan