University of Iowa News Release
Sept. 2, 2005
Husband-And-Wife Duo Plays 'Something Old, Something New' Sept. 14
The husband-and-wife duo of pianist Alan Huckleberry and flutist Nicole Esposito will be joined by cellist Hannah Holman to present a chamber music program titled "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.
Huckleberry and Holman are faculty members at the UI School of Music. The concert will be free and open to the public.
"Being relatively newlyweds, it was almost a given that Nicole and I would choose a program that follows the theme 'something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue'," Huckleberry explained.
"We will open the program with a standard 'old' work, J.S. Bach's Flute Sonata in E minor (BWV 1034), performed with harpsichord and cellist Hannah Holman.
"The next piece on the program is 'something blue': 'Blue Ridge Airs II' by Kenenth Frazelle, who teaches at the North Carolina School for the Arts. This piece is a gathering of folk melodies from his native Carolina. It was originally written in 1992 for flute and orchestra, commissioned and premiered by flutist Paula Robison. It was later rescored in 2001 for flute and piano.
"After intermission we will perform three works 'borrowed' from other instruments, transcribed for flute: Chopin's Nocturne in C-sharp minor, originally for piano; Paganini's Caprice No. 21, for violin; and Schubert's song 'Das Fischermadchen' (The fisher girl).
"The final piece on the program will be the Trio No. 1 for flute, cello and piano by American composer Lowell Liebermann. This new piece is hot of the presses, published in August 2005, and Nicole, Hannah and I will be giving the Iowa premiere. The trio was commissioned by Sir James Galway for his wife Jeanne Galway and the Zephyr Trio.
Esposito is currently the principal flute of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and also performs with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. As an orchestral musician, she has performed under some of the world's leading conductors, including James Conlon, David Zinman, Gunther Schuller, Robert Spano and Andrew Litton. She has been the Piccolo Fellow for the Aspen Music Festival and also principal flute of the Ohio Light Opera, with whom she can be heard on three recordings by Albany Records. Other summer festivals in which she has participated include the Brevard Music Center and the National Orchestral Institute.
Esposito was the first piccolo player ever admitted to compete in the prestigious Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition, and has also been a finalist in the National Flute Associations Piccolo Artist Competition. Recently she won the Mathilda Heck Woodwind Award at the WAMSO Competition, sponsored by the WAMSO Minnesota Orchestra Volunteers Association in Minneapolis. She has a bachelor's degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where she won first prize in the 2001 Concerto Competition, and she recently completed her master's degree at the University of Michigan.
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 at Albion College in Michigan.
A proponent of contemporary music, Huckleberry has worked extensively with composers Bright Sheng, Michael Torke, Carter Pann, Evan Chambers, John Berners and Tom Schnauber. A collaboration with the German radio station WDR in Cologne, led to a compact disc recording of American "crossover" music, which includes works of William Bolcom, William Albright, Pann, Berners and Schnauber. Most recently Huckleberry was invited to perform at "Criss Cross: Conversations about America's Music."
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 began her professional career in England, playing with the English String Orchestra under Yehudi Menuhin and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle, and she has also served as principal cello of the Jackson (Mich.) 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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