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Vienna Virtuosi bring sounds of Austria's musical capital to UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Vienna Virtuosi, a chamber ensemble composed of the younger generation of soloists and first-chair players in the Vienna Philharmonic, will perform music by Mozart, Dvorak and Schubert at 8 p.m. Monday, March 10 in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus. The concert is part of Hancher's 1996-97 Gazette Chamber Music Series.

The program features works by two of the leading composers in Vienna's long history as a musical capital -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert. The Vienna Virtuosi will perform two of Mozart's compositions, the Flute Quartet in A Major, K. 298, and the Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370.

The performance of Schubert's Octet in F Major, D. 803, is part of an international celebration of the bicentennial of the composer's birth, including many events at the UI. Schubert was a native of Vienna and spent his entire musical career in the city.

The Vienna Virtuosi will also perform Dvorak's Slavonic Dance, op. 46, no. 8.

Ernst Ottensamer, the solo clarinetist of the Vienna Philharmonic, founded the Vienna Virtuosi in 1990. The ensemble is flexible, ranging in size from various trios to a chamber orchestra. It performs many of the works for octets, nonets and other chamber combinations that are rarely heard because of the unusual instrumentations.

The Vienna Virtuosi frequently perform with world-renowned guest artists, including Daniel Barenboim and Andre Previn, and the ensemble regularly appears at the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Festival and major European festivals. In its hometown, the ensemble has been praised by the Wiener Zeitung for the "unparalleled transparency and beauty" of its performances.

Tickets for the Vienna Virtuosi are $24, $20 and $18. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, with Zone 3 tickets available to UI students for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half price.

Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

The Gazette is the major corporate sponsor of Hancher's 1996-97 Chamber Music Series, through the University of Iowa Foundation.