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FINAL LA FOSSE ANNIVERSARY CONCERT NOV. 23 -- Violinist Leopold La Fosse and his La Fosse Jazz Trio will wrap up a series of four free performances celebrating his 25th anniversary on the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music, with a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The performances, on four successive Sundays in November, have demonstrated La Fosse's remarkable diversity as a performer, as he appears as soloist, chamber musician, historical instrument performer and jazz musician.

The La Fosse Jaz Trio, consisting of La Fosse, pianist Dan Knight and string bassist Gary Palmer, will play a program of jazz standards, including "Star Dust," "Honeysuckle Rose," "Lady Be Good," "All of Me" and "I Can't Give You Anything but Love."

La Fosse has enjoyed playing jazz since the days when he played in an orchestra during the year and worked as a jazz player during the off season. "I love jazz and love playing it," he said. "Improvisation, which is the essence of jazz performance, is also an important part of the history of classical music. In the Baroque period, good performers were expected to improvise, but it's become kind of a lost art for classical players.

"Improvising in a jazz group is so different from the kind of note-by-note accuracy you aim for in classical playing, and the give and take with the other players is really fun for me."

The previous concerts on the anniversary series were a solo recital with pianist Rene Lecuona Nov. 2, a recital with the International Trio Nov. 9, and a concert with the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble on Nov. 16.

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.

Today, 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 twice been to Brazil as a Fulbright lecturer and returns annually to perform, teach, and give master classes. Before coming to the UI he taught at the University of Texas at Austin.

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NEW WORKS BY UI STUDENT COMPOSERS NOV. 23 -- The Composers Workshop of the University of Iowa School of Music will present performances of six new works by student composers in a concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

A collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music, the Composers Workshop is devoted to the performance of music written at the UI. Using student performers from the School of Music, the workshop presents four to six concerts of new scores each academic year. The workshop is directed by Martin Jenni, professor of music in the theory and composition department of the School of Music.

Works on the Nov. 23 program will be:

--"Sass and Contradictions" for solo alto saxophone by masters composition student Mark A. Chubb;

--"Praxilla," a setting of poetry by a 5th-century Greek poetess for soprano and small instrumental ensemble by undergraduate horn performance major Jessica Wiskus;

--"Question" for solo cello by masters composition student Jonathan Southwood;

--String Quartet No. 1 by masters composition student John Kramer;

--"Ellision" for clarinet solo by doctoral composition student Edgar Crocket; and

--"Availa" for flute and clarinet by undergraduate composition student Eric Durian.

The Composers Workshop performance season is managed by a doctoral composition student, thus affording composers practical experience in organizing performances of new music.

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HANCHER BOX OFFICE CLOSES FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK -- The Hancher Auditorium box office at the University of Iowa will be closed for UI Thanksgiving break, Nov. 26-30. The box office will resume its regular business hours Monday, Dec. 1.

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. 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.