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Release: April 24, 2003

Holman And Friends Present Chamber Music Concert May 7

Cellist Hannah Holman, who last fall joined the University of Iowa School of Music faculty as the newest member of the Maia String Quartet, will welcome some old friends to the UI campus for a shared chamber music concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, in Clapp Recital Hall.

Joining Holman for the free concert will be pianists Timothy Lovelace and Esther Wang and violinist Susanna Klein. Their full program will be the Cello Sonata of Claude Debussy, Beethoven's Piano Trio, op. 70. no. 2, and an arrangement for cello and piano of Cesar Franck's Violin Sonata.

"This program came together after much discussion with Tim and Esther," Holman said. "Tim will play the two French sonatas with me, and in the middle Esther and Susanna will join me for the lesser-known Beethoven Trio, op 70, no.2, which was Esther's choice.

"The Debussy Cello Sonata is one the great French cello sonatas and I am excited to be playing it with Tim. And as many people know, the Franck was not originally written for the cello, but for the violin. However, I think this sonata shows the very wide color and tonal range of the cello."

In addition to his well known orchestral and piano pieces, Debussy wrote several pieces of chamber music. Most are unique works in the composer's output, representing his only major works in their individual genres. The String Quartet of 1893 is among those works, along with three works -- part of a projected set of six that was not completed -- composed in the last years of Debussy's life: the Sonata for cello and piano of 1915, the Sonata for flute, viola and harp completed the same year, and the Sonata for violin and piano of 1916-17, completed only a year before the composer's death in 1918.

An extremely original composer, Debussy always sought new sounds and new ways of creating music. This is certainly true of the Cello Sonata, which Debussy called "Pierrot angry with the moon" -- a reference to the commedia dell'arte clown, who traditionally carried a guitar for moonlight serenades. This remark probably refers to the sonata's last movement, with its extensive use of pizzicato, and its avoidance of sustained, extended melodic lines -- traditionally among the cello's most salient qualities.

Franck's Violin Sonata was written in 1886 when the composer -- one of the leaders of Romanticism in France -- was 63. Franck made his career principally as an organist, playing at the church of Ste.-Clotilde in Paris for more than 30 years and teaching organ at the Paris Conservatory. In addition to music for organ, he composed operas and oratorios, as well as a limited number of orchestral and chamber pieces.

The Violin Sonata was composed as a wedding gift for the great Belgian violinist Eugene Ysaye. One of the acknowledged masterpieces of the violin repertoire, it has been transcribed for various other instruments, including cello and flute.

Klein is principal second violin with the Richmond (Va.) Symphony. Previous full time orchestral appointments have been with the Colorado and Memphis symphonies. She has played under the batons of Lorin Mazel, Yoel Levi, Seji Ozawa and Andre Previn, among others, and has performed in seven countries with various orchestras. She was artist in residence at St. Catherine's School, Richmond, with the Oberon String Quartet, and Violist with the Seneca String Quartet in Boston.

Klein holds a bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and master's from Boston University. As chamber musician and orchestral player she has taken part in festivals all over the world, including Tanglewood, Spoleto Festival Italy, Shira Festival Israel, Kneisel Hall in Maine and the Scotia Festival in Canada. She taught summers for the Greater Boston Youth Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Summer Camp and the Governor's School of Virginia.

Lovelace teaches accompanying at the University of Texas in Austin. He has collaborated with many well-known artists, including Miriam Fried, Alban Gerhardt, Emma Johnson and Paquito D'Rivera. He is a staff pianist at the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute, where he has played in the classes of Barbara Bonney, Christoph Eschenbach, Thomas Hampson, Christa Ludwig and Yo-Yo Ma, among others.

He was a participating accompanist at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition, where the official press bulletin noted his "deep and original interpretations of Russian composers" and "how sensitively and precisely he conveyed all of the stylistic nuances of Russian art songs and arias."

Lovelace's concert appearances have included performances on New York's radio station WNYC, at Columbia University's Miller Theatre and on Chicago's Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series. He is currently a member of the Bach Four, a consortium of pianists performing Bach's complete Well-Tempered Clavier in a multi-media format. In recent years, Lovelace has appeared as concerto soloist with the University of Texas Philharmonia, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Symphony and the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra.

Wang, who also teaches accompanying at the University of Texas, is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States. She has appeared on numerous concert series, including the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago and the Victoria (Tex.) Bach Festival. The San Jose Mercury News has called Wang "a forceful, take-charge kind of artist with personality . . . spirited and vital."

Wang has appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Green Lake Festival Orchestra under Sir David Willcocks and the Oshkosh Symphony. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic, the LaSalle String Quartet and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She is currently performing and lecturing on J. S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier as a member of the Bach Four and is recording the complete piano variations by Haydn and solo piano works and chamber works with piano by Israeli composer Jan Radzynski.

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 has been 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.

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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