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Nov. 26, 2003

Vogel Reveals 'Jewels That Need To Be Discovered' Dec. 11

Violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel, in her last recital before leaving the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music in December, will continue her exploration of musical "jewels that need to be discovered," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Performing with pianist Alan Huckleberry and horn player Jeffrey Agrell, Vogel will present a program with mainstream classical violin repertoire combined with the North American premiere of a piece by Hans Gal and the world premiere of a piece dedicated to Vogel, composed in 2000 by Piotr Radko.

Their performance will be free and open to the public.

The complete program will be:
-- Beethoven's Sonata No. 5 F major op 24, known as the "Spring" Sonata;
-- the premiere of Radko's "Vier Bagatellen" (Four bagatelles);
-- Ravel's virtuoso violin showpiece "Tzigane";
-- the North American premiere of the Suite by Hans Gal; and
-- Brahms' rarely heard "Horn Trio" for violin, horn and piano.

"For my last Iowa recital, I wanted to play a variety of major works for violin -- the 'Spring' Sonata, 'Tzigane' and the Horn trio -- along with jewels that need to be discovered," Vogel said. "With this program you have standard, and undoubtedly substantial pieces like Beethoven and Brahms next to the Ravel, which is one of the most demanding show pieces.

"A special addition on this program is certainly the premiere of the Bagatelles by Piotr Radko, one of the emerging young European composers. His music has been performed and recorded by well-known artists. Most recently the principal bass player from the Berlin Philharmonic chose his Bass Concerto to be performed on a 10-city tour to South America.

"Gal is most known to musicians as the editor to Brahms' letters, and his early music in a lot of ways is very close to Brahms. So it makes sense to combine it with a piece by Brahms," she said. "The Horn trio is one of the most beautiful and uncommon pieces. Besides Brahms, there are only a couple of pieces for that combination of instruments."

Vogel particularly wants to make the works of Gal, whose music has suffered due to his persecution by the Nazis during World War II, better known to audiences.

The son of a doctor, Gal was born in the Austrian city of Brunn, today Brno in the Czech Republic, in 1890. He studied at the University of Vienna before World War I. After the war, he taught at the University from 1919 to 1929. While still a student he edited works of Johann Strauss and wrote a book on Beethoven that was later published. Continuing his scholarly work, he was co-editor of the first complete edition of Brahms' music.

In 1929 he became director of the Conservatory in Mainz, Germany, but was driven back to Vienna by the Nazis in 1933. After Hitler took over Austria, Gal fled to Edinburgh, where he was appointed lecturer at the University. Apart from a brief period of internment as an 'enemy alien' on the Isle of Man during World War II, he lived and taught in Edinburgh until his death in 1987 at the advanced age of 97.

Gal composed in virtually every form, from operas to piano pieces. Although the basis of his style is the late Romantic tonality of the Austro-German composers after Brahms, he was guardedly open to 20th-century developments, with post-Romantic and neo-classical features. In addition to his compositions he wrote a number of books, including popular but scholarly studies of Brahms and Schubert.

Gal's family maintains a web page, with biographies of the composer, photographs and a catalogue of works, at http://www.hansgal.com/.

Vogel joined the UI faculty in January 1999. She has performed throughout Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, the United States and Asia as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, as well as presenting master classes in Albania, Canada, Finland, Germany, Haiti, Rumania, Taiwan and the United States. She has made many appearances at music festivals in Aspen, Colo.; Chautauqua, N.Y.; Kuhmo, Finland; Las Vegas, Nev.; Gstaad, Switzerland; Seoul, South Korea; and Ravinia, as well as the Saechsisches Mozartfest, Berliner Festwochen and Frankfurter Musiktage in Germany.

During the 1999-2000 season she presented the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano in Germany and the United States with pianist Ulrich Hofmann, including performances at the UI. When she toured Romania and Germany with performances of the Brahms violin concerto, the Wuppertaler Zeitung wrote that "one experienced Brahms as it rarely happens -- as profound, sensitive, romantic."

Prior to her appointment at the UI, Vogel taught at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen. She has taught master classes in Europe, the United States and Asia. At the recommendation of the Tokyo String Quartet she was appointed artist-in-residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she taught on the faculty and was a member of the Monticello Trio. She has won numerous performance competitions, and has been serving on the jury of the "Jugend musiziert" (Young performers) competition in Germany since 1998.

Vogel recorded on the Harmonia Mundi and Cybele labels with works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Yuri Brener, Aram Khachaturian, Andreas Kunstein, Alfred Schnittke, Bedrich Smetana, Maurice Ravel, Richard Strauss and Yves Prin. Recent releases include a CD with duo violin-cello pieces, a CD with sonatas for violin and piano by Brahms, Enesco, Lutoslawski and Reger, and a portrait CD presenting strings-piano chamber music by Hans Gal.

Huckleberry is an active solo pianist and chamber musician. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and the United States. He is also a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including the first prizes in the German National Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition.

As a chamber musician Huckleberry was the featured pianist at flutist Amy Porter's 2003 summer workshop at the University of Michigan. For the past three summers he has been the faculty chamber music coordinator and faculty pianist for the University of Michigan's All-State program at Interlochen. Prior to his appointment this fall at the UI, Huckleberry taught at the Cologne Conservatory in Germany, the University of Michigan and Albion College in Michigan.

Agrell joined the UI School of Music faculty in 2000 after a 25-year career as symphony musician. At the UI he teaches horn, directs the Horn Choir, teaches introduction to improvisation and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet. Before coming to Iowa, he associate principal horn with the Lucerne (Switzerland) Symphony Orchestra 1975-2000, playing symphonic music, opera, operetta, ballet, musicals, choral music and chamber music.

Widely respected as performer, teacher and composer, Agrell has performed and given clinics and lectures at regional, national, and international workshops. He is on the faculty of the Asian Youth Orchestra in Hong Kong and was recently elected to the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society. An avid writer, he was on the editorial staffs of two brass journals for decades, writes two regular columns for the Horn Call, the journal of the International Horn Society, and has some 60 published articles to his credit. He is currently working on a multi-volume method that integrates traditional technique with aspects of improvisation, jazz and contemporary music.

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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