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April 15, 2009

Piccolo recital April 27 to include variety of styles and one world premiere

Nicole Esposito (photo, left), flute faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a recital entirely on the piccolo at 8 p.m. Monday, April 27, in the Senate Chamber of the UI Old Capitol, but she says the music won't all be "high and chirpy."

The recital by Esposito and pianist Seong-Sil Kim will be free and open to the public.

"Those who might be wary of attending an all-piccolo recital might be in for a surprise," Esposito said. "Although the instrument is known for its loud and energetic riffs, not all repertoire written for the piccolo is high and chirpy.

"I tried to pick a program that represented a wide variety of styles and genres including works with Native American themes, jazz, Baroque and the late-19th-century salon era. I also asked UI doctoral composition student Christopher Gainey to write a piece for me especially for this occasion, which I will premiere on the recital.

"In the past 15 years or so, the piccolo has gained more and more recognition as a solo voice. In addition to the pieces I will be performing, many prominent composers have written solo works for the instrument."

The complete program for Esposito's recital will be:

--"Fantaisie sur 'Il pleut, il pleut Bergere'" (Fantasy on the song 'It rains, it rains, shepherdess') by Paul Agricole Genin.
--The world premiere of "Holon" by Christopher Gainey.
--"Piccolo Play" by Thea Musgrave.
--"Three Sketches" by Katherine Hoover.
--Fantasie in A minor by Georg Philipp Telemann.
--Sonata for Piccolo and Piano by Mike Mower.

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

A native of Korea, Kim is a doctoral student in the School of Music and recipient of the Iowa Performers Fellowship.

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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