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Sept. 8, 2006

Fifth Annual 'Cello Daze' Features Concerts, Other Events Sept. 23-24

The fifth annual "Cello Daze" weekend, featuring concerts, master classes, rehearsals, panel discussions and social events for members of the Iowa Cello Society, will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, at the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

The Iowa Cello Society was organized by UI music faculty members Anthony Arnone and Hannah Holman. Under their direction, the society has held its fall "Cello Daze" celebration on the UI campus each year since 2002.

The 2006 "Cello Daze" will include two free public concerts:

-- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept 23: UI faculty and guest artists playing solo cello works and cello ensembles in Harper Hall; and

-- 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24: student and community small cello ensembles, and the Cello Daze Cello Choir in Clapp Recital Hall.

"This should be one of the best 'Cello Daze' ever," Arnone said. "Our guests are some of the best at what they do in the country, and we should have more 50 cellists participating. All of the events are open to the public, including master classes, scale classes, and this year, a special session on 'how to practice' which would interest any musician."

The principal guest artist will be Richard Aaron, who recently joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, and who will also continue teaching at Cleveland Institute of Music. "He is one of the most sought-after cello teachers in the country and has given master classes in virtually every state," Arnone commented.

Other guests will be jazz cellist Matt Turner, who is one of the premier jazz cellists in the world; Larry Stomberg from the University of Delaware; and the new cello professor at Drake University, Ashley Sidal. Stomberg and Sidal will both perform on the Saturday concert.

For more information and a schedule of events for the two-day event, follow links from

Aaron has given master classes in Spain, Germany, South Korea, Japan, France and throughout the United States. During summers, he has taught at the Aspen Music Festival, Indiana University String Academy, Calgary Music Bridge and the Chautauqua Festival, among other festivals. For more information, see

Regarded as one of the world's leading improvising cellists, Turner performs everything from jazz standards and 20th-century new music to alternative rock and improvised avant-garde. You may visit his Web page at

A founding member of the Meriden Trio and the Sedgwick String Quartet, Arnone was principal cellist of the Madison Symphony in Wisconsin, 1996-2001. He has taught and performer across the country, and joined the UI music faculty in 2001. For more information, see

Holman is cellist of the Maia Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the University of Iowa School of Music. She has performed extensively as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra cellist, including principal cello with the Cedar Rapids Symphony, and joined the Maia Quartet in the summer of 2002. For more information, see

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846;

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