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Release: March 12, 2003

(Photo: UI School of Music faculty members Anthony Arnone, holding cello, and Ksenia Nosikova, seated at piano.)

Arnone And Nosikova Will Play 'Warhorses' At Museum Of Art March 28

Cellist Anthony Arnone will play what he calls "warhorses of the cello repertoire" in a free performance with pianist Ksenia Nosikova at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 28 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The two UI School of Music faculty members presented the same pieces -- Beethoven's Sonata No. 2 in G minor, op. 5 no. 2, and Chopin's Sonata in G minor, op. 65 -- last December, as part of their first performance together.

Speaking of the individual pieces, Arnone commented that "the Beethoven has one of the most intense first movements of his sonatas for cello and piano. The second and final movement, however, is a complete contrast: very playful and youthful.

"The Chopin Sonata is the composer's only sonata for cello and piano. Chopin, being a superb pianist, shows off the virtuosity of the piano, while showing off the cello's lyricism with some of the most lyrical and wonderful melodies in the repertoire."

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.

Arnone has taught master classes and performed across the country and currently teaches summers at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina and the Stonybrook Music Festival in New York. Before coming to the UI, he held a faculty position at Ripon College in Wisconsin where he taught cello and bass, music theory and chamber music, and conducted the orchestra.

Nosikova, who joined the UI faculty in 1998, has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States Europe and South America. She presented two solo recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1996 and 2001 and has been a guest soloist with symphony and wind orchestras in Colorado, Louisiana and Iowa.

In addition to international appearances in France, England, Brazil and Argentina, she has performed as a guest artist at several American universities, including the universities of Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. She received a return invitation to the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago and concert series in England and Moscow for 2002-03 season.

Nosikova has presented master classes in England and both North and South America. The winner of several international competitions, she regularly serves the Ibla Grand Prize International Competition in Italy as a jury member. She has recorded several CDs, including a disk of chamber music works for viola and piano by early 20th-century English composers Rebecca Clarke, Arthur Bliss and Frank Bridge with her UI colleague Christine Rutledge.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 10 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. Information on other UI arts events is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <ur-acr@uiowa.edu>.

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

CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.

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