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Nov. 21, 2008

Flutist Esposito will play 'hidden treasures' in UI faculty recital Dec. 4

The flute-and-piano duo of Nicole Esposito and Alan Huckleberry will bring to light some "hidden treasures" as part of a University of Iowa faculty chamber recital at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa Pentacrest.

Esposito and Huckleberry are both on the faculty of the UI School of Music. Their performance will be free and open to the public.

The Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol is one of the performance spaces that the School of Music has used this fall, in place of the venues that were lost to last summer's flooding. Built in 1840, the Old Capitol was the first state capitol of Iowa and later the first building owned by the university. As part of this historic building, the intimate Senate Chamber has proved a popular space for chamber music performances.

"For this recital, I wanted to choose pieces that I thought would reflect the character and charm of the space we will be playing in," Esposito said. "The Old Capital Senate Chamber is a wonderful room in which to perform, and the flute carries well in this open and elegant setting. The program that we will perform ranges from the Baroque to the 20th century and includes well known favorites as well as hidden treasures in the flute repertoire."

The complete program will be:

--Franz Schubert's Sonata in A minor for the Arpeggione -- a rare stringed instrument related to the cello -- transcribed for flute by Peter-Lukas Graf.
--Partita in A minor for solo flute, BWV 1013, by J.S. Bach.
--Prélude et Scherzo, op. 35, by Henri Büsser.
--Romance, op. 28 no. 2, by Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar.
--"Vallflickan Dans" by Hugo Alfvén, also from Sweden, arranged by Goran Marcusson.
--Sonata for flute and piano by Czech composer Jindrich Feld.

Esposito joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 2007. She has achieved a career as a soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician on an international level and has been a featured soloist and recitalist at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival; the Interlochen Arts Academy; the Detroit Institute for the Arts; the Musikhochschule-Wuppertal, Germany; and the North American Cultural Center of Costa Rica. Esposito has also performed at numerous National Flute Association Conventions and many regional flute conferences. For more information visit

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 visit

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the UI School of Music Web site at

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