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Finnish cellist Gustafsson opens UI Young Concert Artists Series Feb. 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Finnish cellist Jan-Erik Gustafsson will conclude a three-day University of Iowa residency with a concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, in Clapp Recital Hall. The performance is the first event in the 1996-97 University of Iowa Community Credit Union Young Concert Artists Series presented by Hancher Auditorium.

With pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera, Gustafsson will celebrate the Schubert bicentennial with the "Arpeggione" Sonata in A Minor, D. 821 and will also play Debussy's Sonata for Cello and Piano and Grieg's Sonata in A Minor, op. 36.

Free public events during the residency will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 4: a noon mini-concert for Project Art in the atrium of Colloton Pavilion in the UI Hospitals and Clinics, a 2 p.m. mini-concert in the Iowa City Senior Center, a 4 p.m. lecture-demonstration at Pheasant Ridge apartments for Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County, and a 7 p.m. mini-concert in Rehder Lounge of the UI Quadrangle Residence Hall.

Gustafsson was a winner in the 1994 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, in which he won the Walker Fund Prize. He also won second prize in the 1993 Leonard Rose International Cello Competition.
Since winning the 1986 Eurovision "Young Musician of the Year" competition, Gustafsson has established an international career including soloist appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic and other major European orchestras. His international tours have included North America, the Middle East and South Africa.

London's Strad magazine praised Gustafsson for "staggering virtuosity" and "captivating brilliance," and the Times of London reported that his performance, "besides encompassing the technical demands," had "a commanding authority and conviction."

Other activities during Gustafsson's UI residency will include mini-concerts at City High and West High in Iowa City, and a masterclass for students of the Preucil School of Music.

Tickets for the Feb. 5 concert are $15 ($12 for UI students and senior citizens, and $7.50 for audience members 17 and younger) and are available in advance from the Hancher box office.

Tickets are also available at a substantial discount as part of the University of Iowa Community Credit Union Young Concert Artists Series. The other event on the series is soprano Kyoko Saito, who will perform Feb. 26.

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. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

The University of Iowa Community Credit Union is the corporate sponsor of the Young Concert Artists Series through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Further information about this event is available on Hancher's World Wide Web homepage, at <>.