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Oct. 6, 2010

Hancher to present world-renowned violinist McDuffie performing new Glass concerto

The University of Iowa's Hancher will present Grammy-nominated violin master Robert McDuffie in a special "Four Seasons" performance with the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

McDuffie and the Venice Baroque Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 228 E Jefferson St. They will present Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons" and Philip Glass's "The American Four Seasons" as part of Hancher's 2010-2011 season.

The performance is part of a national tour with shows in more than two dozen cities. The Toronto Star called McDuffie's performance of "The American Four Seasons," "one of the most exciting musical evenings of the year."

"The American Four Seasons," was composed specifically for McDuffie, who premiered the piece in 2009 with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Glass writes, "[McDuffie] was interested in music that would serve as a companion piece to the Vivaldi 'Four Seasons' concertos." The resulting project offers a unique glimpse into the way two composers, three centuries removed, explore the same general subject matter.

McDuffie sees a similarity between the two composers as well. He writes: "I've always believed that Philip Glass is America's Vivaldi. I was so honored when Philip agreed to write his second violin concerto for me."

The Venice Baroque Orchestra was founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon. It is considered one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. The ensemble has performed a number of notable works for the first time in the modern era, including pieces by Vivaldi, Francesco Cavalli, and Benedetto Marcello.
The event is supported by the Hancher partners and gifts to Hancher Circle through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets are $42; college student $10; senior citizen $37.80; youth $21 from the Hancher Box Office.

The Hancher Box Office, located on the first floor of the Old Capitol Mall near the parking ramp, is open for phone, 319-335-1160 or 800-HANCHER, or walk-up business from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Tickets may be ordered online at Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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