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Jan. 14, 2009

Benjamin Coelho will perform virtuoso bassoon recital Feb. 1

If you don't think of the bassoon as a virtuoso instrument, don't tell Benjamin Coelho. The University of Iowa School of Music faculty member will play a program of music for the virtuoso bassoon with pianist Alan Huckleberry at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in Macbride Auditorium on the UI campus.

Their faculty recital will be free and open to the public.

Included on the program will be the world premiere of a new piece by Drake Mabry commissioned by Coelho and a set of pieces by Peter Schickele -- a native of Iowa and himself a bassoonist -- a sometimes serious composer who is known to many as a musical humorist and the alter ego of P.D.Q. Bach.

The complete program will be:
--"Rapsodie Dobrogeana" by Paul Jelescu.
--"Suite from an Imaginary Opera," composed in 2005 by John Steinmetz.
--"Dreaming in Colours" from 2004 by HyeKyung Lee.
--Three Pieces, op. 34, by Charles Koechlin.
--The world premiere of Duo for Bassoon and Piano by Mabry, an Iowa City native now living in France.
--Schickele's "Summer Serenade."

"All of the compositions on this program showcase the bassoon as an instrument capable of virtuosity with a versatile ability to explore a large palette of colors," Coelho said. "These pieces are jazzy and folkloric in character and they explore the richness of colors produced by the bassoon.

"When I became familiar with 'Dreaming in Colours' by the Korean-born composer KyeKyung Lee, I was inspired to research more works from different composers that explored the idea of color, tone and character. After collecting and trying more than two dozen pieces, I selected the rest of the program to reflect that theme."

A member of the UI faculty since 1998, Coelho has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher and clinician in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Portugal, France, Romania, Australia, Canada and Czech Republic. As a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, he performed on concert tours throughout the United States. 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. Visit the UI School of Music Web site at

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