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La Fosse ensemble will present concert of Baroque music Feb. 16

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert featuring Vivaldi's "Winter" from the "Four Seasons," along with three other of the popular Baroque composer's concertos, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

For the Feb. 16 concert, La Fosse and the ensemble will be joined by flutist

Anita Miller-Rieder, a current member of the UI music faculty, and bassoonist

Ron Tyree, a retired faculty member, both of whom will play solo concertos.

A small string orchestra made up of UI students, the La Fosse Ensemble specializes in the performance of music from the Baroque period in music, roughly 1600 to 1750. They perform using copies of authentic Baroque instruments and bows, which enables them to play their instruments in the same manner as performers of the Baroque period. This in turn makes possible a historically appropriate style of performance, which they pursue without the rigid dogmatism of some original instrument performers.

The group is directed by Leopold La Fosse, a professor in the UI School of Music.

The music teacher at an orphanage for girls in Venice, Vivaldi wrote literally hundreds of concertos for his many talented and accomplished students. These concertos, which are invariably accompanied by a small string ensemble, feature virtually every available instrument or combination of instruments in the solo parts. Because they are tuneful, well suited to the individual instruments and skillfully composed, they were influential on other Baroque composers and have been a popular part of the revival of Baroque music in contemporary times.

The program of the Feb. 16 concert will feature four of Vivaldi's concertos: "Winter" from the "Four Seasons," with La Fosse as the violin soloist; the Violin Concerto in D minor, with graduate student Andrew Carlson as soloist; the Concerto for Four Violins, with graduate students Fredi Gerling, Graziela Fortunato Rodrigues,

Hermes Alvarenga and Luis Lange as soloists; and the Concerto for Bassoon and Strings, with Tyree as soloist.

Two other composers will be represented on the program with the Concerto for Flute and Strings of Michel Blavet, with Miller-Rieder as the soloist; and Telemann's Quartet in G for violin, oboe, flute and bassoon, featuring graduate students Spencer Howard, violin; Jennifer Howard, oboe; and Jama Stillwell, flute; along with Tyree.

La Fosse joined the UI music faculty in 1972. His extensive performing career has included solo appearances as well as concertmaster positions with five orchestras. He made his first public appearance at the age of four, and he began a three-year series of engagements on NBC radio at eight. He later studied at the New England Conservatory. Before coming to the UI he taught at the University of Texas at Austin.

At the UI he teaches violin and directs the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble. He has also done extensive research in string pedagogy. He has twice been to Brazil as a Fulbright lecturer and returns annually to perform, teach, and give master classes.

La Fosse continues an active international career as soloist and chamber musician, with tours in the United States, Europe, South America and Russia. He has had recent performances at Wigmore Hall in London, Sala Ceclila Mireles in Rio de Janiero, Town Hall in New York, and the National Gallery, Phillips Gallery and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Miller-Rieder is a visiting professor in the UI School of Music. She performs both modern and historical flutes. She is a member of the Chicago Baroque Ensemble, plays with the Chicago Symphony and is a member of the Lake Forest (Ill.) Symphony. She is also a member of the Kithara Trio with cellist Jill Kaeding and harpist Faye Seeman. The trio has premiered commissioned works and will be a featured ensemble at the 1997 National Flute Association convention in Chicago.

Miller-Rieder performed in recital at Orchestra Hall in Chicago as a winner of the Rose Faye Thomas competition, sponsored by the Chicago Musicians Club of Women and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Centenniary Committee. She also was a winner of the 1995 Baroque Flute Artist competition sponsored by the National Flute Association.

Before his retirement, Ronald Tyree taught both bassoon and saxophone at the UI School of Music. He was a member of the Iowa Woodwind Quintet and principal bassoon of the Quad-City Symphony. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Dubuque Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Quad-City Symphony and the University Symphony. Tyree is known world-wide for his editions of previously unknown or unavailable music for bassoon and saxophone.