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Oct. 31, 2003

Bassist Volkan Orhon Will Be Featured In UI Faculty Chamber Concert Nov. 14

Volkan Orhon, the double bass player who recently played a recital showing the soloistic capabilities of his large and low-voiced instrument, will next join with several of his University of Iowa School of Music faculty colleagues to showcase the versatility of the double bass in another setting. Their UI faculty chamber concert, at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, will be free and open to the public.

Joining Orhon in a variety of different combinations and contexts will be: Benjamin Coelho, bassoon; Amy Appold, violin; Tamara Thweatt, flute; Delbert Disselhorst, harpsichord; Christine Rutledge, viola; Anthony Arnone, cello; and Hannah Holman, cello.

"I put together this concert to present the double bass in a chamber music setting," Orhon said. "Not many people realize how versatile the bass is, from orchestra music to solo and jazz and chamber music. The music spans from Baroque to 20th-century styles.

"I've always loved collaborating with other musicians in a chamber music setting, and I think this concert has been more fun than work for all of us. I think the audience will greatly enjoy the diversity of the music and players throughout the concert."

The complete program of the concert will be:
-- the Sonata in G minor, Op.2 No. 8, for bassoon and double bass by George Frideric Handel;
-- the Trio Sonata from J.S. Bach's monumental "Musical Offering," played by violin, flute, double bass and harpsichord;
-- Trio for viola, cello and double bass by R. Griffin; and
-- the Duet for cello and double bass by Gioachinno Rossini

Orhon's professional career spans a variety of solo, orchestral and chamber music performing and teaching across the country and around the world. He has played with internationally recognized musicians including double bassist Gary Karr and the Emerson String Quartet. He has performed as soloist with orchestras across the country, including the El Paso Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Connecticut Orchestra, Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, Cortlandt Chamber Orchestra and Northern Westchester Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his solo playing, he has been a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Opera Orchestra and a freelance musician throughout New England. He recently completed a European tour with the Fazil Say and Kudsi Erguner Jazz Quartet, performing at the Montreux, Paris, Antibes, Montpellier, Istanbul and Izmir jazz festivals.

Orhon joined the UI faculty in the fall of 2002. He has served on the faculties of the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, University of Massachusetts, Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford, and Summer Strings Music Festival in Pocatello, Idaho. Orhon is a D'Addario Diamond Performing Artist, and performs exclusively on D'Addario Strings.

Amy Kuhlmann Appold is a founding member and first violinist of the Maia String Quartet. Her 14 years with the Maia Quartet have included numerous world premiere performances and recordings as well as collaborations with other noted chamber musicians. Known as well for her work as a solo violinist, Appold has performed as recitalist throughout the United States. She previously served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Anthony Arnone is an active soloist, chamber musician, conductor and teacher throughout the country and around the world. In addition to teaching cello at the UI School of Music he is on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Stonybrook Summer Music Festival at the State University of New York at Stonybrook. An active clinician as well, Arnone has given master classes at Wichita State University, the University of Ohio at Toledo, Oklahoma State University and with the Iowa Cello Society.

Benjamin Coelho has appeared as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Portugal, France, Canada and Bolivia. An avid chamber musician, he has performed with the Manhattan Wind Quintet, the Gramado Woodwind Quintet of Brazil, the Alaria Chamber Ensemble of New York and the Contemporary Music Group of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He has commissioned, performed and recorded many works by American and Latin American composers.

Delbert Disselhorst has been a member of the School of Music faculty since 1970. As a concert artist, Disselhorst has performed in the United States, Canada and Europe, and has appeared as a recitalist for regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists. He received degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan and was a Fulbright scholar for study in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Hannah Holman is a member of the Maia Quartet and assistant principal cellist in the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and the American Sinfonietta. She has served as principal cello of the several American orchestras. She has served on the faculties of Worcester College in England, Michigan State University Community Music School and Virginia Union University. She was also assistant principal cellist of the Richmond Symphony, and participated in the Grand Tetons Music Festival.

Christine Rutledge serves as a board member for the American Viola Society. For six years she was assistant principal violist of the Louisville Orchestra. Her performances and recordings with the Notre Dame String Trio have brought critical acclaim. Recent solo performances have taken her to Europe and around the United States. Rutledge is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the UI. Among her many honors are an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist's Fellowship and an Eli Lilly Foundation grant.

Tamara Thweatt was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic 2000-2002. A busy orchestral musician, she has also performed with the Detroit Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony and many regional ensembles. As a Fulbright Scholar to England, she spent a year of intensive study and performed in Fulbright-sponsored recitals in London and Berlin. Before coming to the UI she served on the faculties of Concordia College in Ann Arbor and the Interlochen Arts Camp.

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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