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Sept. 24, 2007

UI School of Music will host sixth annual 'Cello Daze' Oct. 6 and 7

The University of Iowa School of Music will present the sixth annual "Cello Daze" weekend, featuring concerts, master classes, rehearsals, panel discussions and social events for members of the Iowa Cello Society, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, in the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

The weekend will include two free public concerts:

-- at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, UI faculty and guest artists playing works for solo cello and cello quartets; and

-- at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 in Clapp Recital Hall, a mixed program for cello ensembles, including the massed Cello Daze Cello Choir

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.

"This is our sixth annual 'Cello Daze' weekend and it will be the most spectacular," said Tony Arnone, the UI faculty member who organized the weekend. "We have three of the top cellists in their area: Hans Jensen from Northwestern University is one of the most sought-after teachers in the country; Matt Haimovitz from McGill University in Montreal is one of the leading soloists in North America; and Robert DeMaine is principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony, one of the top orchestras in the country.

"It will be an inspirational and fun weekend as all the guests are sort of 'wild and crazy' as well and will be very entertaining even to nonmusicians. It is always one of my highlights of the year to bring in people of this level and share their talents with the people of Iowa City."

For the Saturday program DeMaine and UI faculty member Alan Huckleberry will perform the Sonata for cello and piano by Dmitri Shostakovich, and DeMaine will play the Suite for solo cello of Gaspar Cassado. The second half of the program will be cello quartets, including "Last Tango in Bayreuth" by Peter Schickele/P.D.Q Bach.

The Sunday program, featuring larger cello ensembles, will run the gamut from serious pieces to pop, including "Hymnus" for cello choir, op. 57, by Julius Klengel; and arrangements of J.S. Bach's "Air on the G string," Lennon-McCartney's "Yesterday" and the Iowa Fight Song.

Information on the Iowa Cello Society, including a complete schedule for the 2007 Cello Daze, is posted on the society's Web page at

Named principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony in 2002, deMaine has been praised by the New York Times as "an artist who makes one hang on every note." He has won first prize in major international competitions, most notably the 1990 Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings in San Francisco -- becoming the first cellist to win that competition. He has recorded for CBC, Elysium, Capstone and CRI records, and frequently appears at music festivals around the world. For more information, see

Jensen received a soloist diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark and studied at the Juilliard School. He currently teaches cello at Northwestern University. He has also taught at the University of Houston, the Meadowmount School of Music, the University of Southern California, the Tokyo College of Music and the Musashino Academy of Music in Japan. He has performed as a soloist and recitalist in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan, including solo appearances with the Danish Radio Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Copenhagen Symphony and the Irish Radio Orchestra. For more information, see

Haimovitz is known for bringing new listeners to classical music through performances in concert halls and clubs, outdoor festivals and intimate coffee houses. Since his debut at the age of 13 as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, Haimovitz has recorded and performed with leading orchestras and conductors, including the Berlin Philharmonic with James Levine, the New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, the English Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim, the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, and the Cleveland Orchestra with Charles Dutoit. You may read his bio at; Haimovitz has a "MySpace" page at

A founding member of the Meridien 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 UI 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

An active solo pianist and chamber musician, Huckleberry joined the UI faculty in 2003. 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. 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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