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Concert of 18th-century concertos will be played by La Fosse ensemble

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a program of 18th-century concertos at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the UI campus.
The program will feature works by Vivaldi, J.S. Bach and Joseph Haydn, with both faculty and students soloists from the School of Music. The concert will be free and open to the public.

Concertos and soloists on the Jan. 26 concert will be the Vivaldi Concerto in G major for flute, featuring UI faculty member Anita Miller-Rieder as flute soloist; "Fall" from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," featuring graduate student Andrew Carlson as violin soloist; the Concerto in A minor of J.S. Bach, with graduate student Clifford Panton as violin soloist; Vivaldi's Concerto for two violins with Leopold La Fosse and graduate student Miki Yuasa as soloists; and the third movement of Haydn's Concerto in G major, with graduate student Luiz Lange as violin soloist.

The program will also include the aria "Erbarme Dich" from Bach's "St. Matthew Passion," with UI faculty member Marcia Roberts as the alto soloist and La Fosse playing the obbligato violin solo.

The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble is directed by Leopold La Fosse, a faculty member in the UI School of Music. A small string orchestra made up of UI students, the ensemble specializes in the performance of music from the Baroque period, roughly 1600 to 1750, and works from the early Classic period. They play on copies of Baroque instruments and bows, which makes possible a historically appropriate style of performance.

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. At the UI he teaches violin and directs a group of students devoted to the performance of Baroque and Classic music, 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.