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Sept. 16, 2005

Fourth Annual 'Cello Daze' Comes To UI Oct. 1-2

The Iowa Cello Society, organized by University of Iowa music faculty members Anthony Arnone and Hannah Holman, will hold its fourth annual "Cello Daze" weekend, featuring concerts, master classes, rehearsals, panel discussions and social events for members, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2, at the UI Voxman Music Building.

The 2005 "Cello Daze" will include two free public concerts:

-- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct 1: Cello Daze Chamber concert in Harper Hall; and

-- 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2: Cello Choir concert in Clapp Recital Hall.

The programs for both concerts are still being developed. The Saturday evening concert will feature guest artists Bonnie Hampton, who teaches at the Juilliard School in New York; Juri Vardi, who teaches at the University of Wisconsin at Madison; and Julie Strum, who teaches at Grinnell College.

Hampton will play the first half of the Saturday concert, including movements from J.S. Bach's suites for solo cello, followed by works from the 20th century that relate in some way to Bach. Vardi will play Max Bruch's "Kol Nidrei," arranged by Vardi for soloist with cello quartet. The program will feature other works for cello ensemble.

Arnone said that the Sunday afternoon concert will include arrangements for cello choir of music ranging "from classical pieces to show tunes to the bizarre. But I won't give away all our surprises!"

The Iowa Cello Society was founded by Arnone and Homan in 2002, modeled on successful cello groups that had been organized in other areas. "We knew there was a huge cello community already in Iowa City and thought it would be wonderful to have an organization that could unify the cellists in the state," Arnone said. "Hannah grew up in Michigan where the Michiana Society has existed for many years. Our hope is to connect all the cellists in the state, be they teachers, performers or amateurs."

Information the Iowa Cello Society and on "Cello Daze" can be found on the Web at www.iowacellosociety.org.

Hampton leads an active music life as a chamber musician, soloist and teacher. A founding member of the Naumberg Award-winning Francesco Trio, she also has performed as part of the Hampton-Schwartz Duo with her late husband, pianist Nathan Schwartz. Her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra was followed by appearances with orchestras nationally performing the entire standard repertoire and most of the 20th-century concertos written for the cello. Her chamber music guest artist appearances have included performances with the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cleveland, Mendelssohn, Alexander, Budapest and Griller String Quartets.

Hampton has taught at Mills College, Grinnell College, Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley and at the San Francisco Conservatory. She is a past president of Chamber Music America. In September 2003, she joined the faculty at the Juilliard School.

A member of the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Vardi has given cello and chamber music master classes at Indiana University, the New England Conservatory, Yale and the Eastman School of Music, and at summer festivals around the world. His students have been successful as soloists, chamber players and members of major orchestras including the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic.

Although born in Hungary, Vardi grew up on a kibbutz in Israel. He studied cello at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, and later with the master teachers Janos Starker at Indiana University and Aldo Parisot at Yale University. He has served as principal cellist of the Israel Sinfonietta and the Israel Chamber Orchestra, in addition to appearances as soloist with both orchestras.

Vardi has also recorded and toured Israel and Italy with the Sol-La-Re String Quartet, founded a chamber music series in Tel Aviv and taught for many years at the Israel Conservatory and the Jerusalem Music Center. He has toured the United States and Israel with "Fusions," a concert of western Jewish music and Arabic art music for cello, oud (a stringed instrument characteristic of Arabic North Africa) and piano.

Now in his fourth 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.

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, 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.

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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