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UI flutist Tadeu Coelho will give UI campus premiere recitals Feb. 1 and 8

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Flutist Tadeu Coelho, a "new kid" on the University of Iowa School of Music block, will present his UI campus debut performances in two recitals, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1 and 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 in Clapp Recital Hall.

Both recitals will be free and open to the public.

Coelho joined the School of Music faculty last fall, taking the position that had previously been held by longtime UI professor Betty Bang Mather.

Coelho will introduce himself to the UI audience with widely differing programs that will display his breadth as a musician. Not incidentally they also touch on two of the chief areas of the flute repertoire: The Feb. 1 program will feature music representing the first flowering of music for the flute in the Baroque era, while the Feb. 8 program will feature 20th-century music, including the world premiere of a new piece composed for Coelho, plus the flutist's own transcription of a popular Romantic piano piece.

For the Baroque program, Coelho will be joined by harpsichordist Thomas Christensen, violinist Leopold La Fosse, baritone Stephen Swanson -- all UI faculty colleagues -- and graduate student cellist Jacki Emery to present the flute in a variety of musical contexts. Rene Lecuona, another UI faculty colleague, will be the pianist for the Feb. 8 recital.

Coelho brings an impressive record to his UI appointment. Started on the flute by his father, he has studied with many of the leading flute teachers around the world. He holds a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with the legendary flutist Julius Baker. He has toured Italy, Germany, the United States, Mexico and Brazil, performing concerts and giving master classes.

Coelho's prior performances have consistently earned critical praise. Following a series of concerts in Brazil, one critic commented that he "played with musicality and beautiful sound. His virtuosity and clear performance are remarkable." Another critic wrote that "there is no doubt about his virtuoso abilities, topped with a degree of musicianship that was magnificent and complete."

On Feb. 1 Coelho and Christensen will open the concert with J.S. Bach's Sonata in B minor for flute and harpsichord, which will be followed by two Bach arias for flute, baritone and continuo, featuring Swanson. After intermission Coelho will play the Sonata in G major, op. 9 no. 7, of Jean-Marie LeClair, and with La Fosse he will close with Bach's Trio Sonata in C minor from "Musical Offering."

A week later he will leap across centuries and stylistic boundaries to open his Feb. 8 recital with Prokofiev's virtuosic Sonata in D major. It will be followed by another of the most demanding pieces in the flutist's repertoire, Andre Jolivet's "Chant de Linos" (Song of Linos). This concert will also feature the world premiere of "Mimesis," composed for Coelho by Steven Ledbetter, an Iowa City composer. Coelho's transcription of Chopin's Nocturne in C-sharp minor and Lowell Liebermann's Sonata, op. 23, round out the program.

Coelho came to the UI from the University of New Mexico. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the Americas. He has performed as first solo flutist with the Santa Fe Symphony, the Hofer Symphoniker in Germany and the Spoletto Festival Orchestra in Italy. In the summer of 1996 he was invited to play with the Boston Symphony under conductors Bernard Haitink, Robert Shaw and Robert Spano.

Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire, with special interest in the music of Latin America. Several composers have written works for him, including Ronald Roseman, Ruth Schonthal, Joaquin Gutierrez Heras, Eduardo Gamboa, Amaral Vieira, Michael Weinstein and Steven Block. His CD recording of the music of Brazilian composers was released on Tempo Primo in 1995, and a new CD of 20th-century Mexican flute music will be released shortly.

An active scholar as well as a keyboard performer, Christensen teaches music theory at the School of Music. He is the author of an award-winning book on the French composer and music theorist Jean-Philippe Rameau, a recent book on "Aesthetics and the Art of Musical Composition in the German Enlightenment," and more than 20 articles on music theory, history and aesthetics.

La Fosse teaches violin at the UI and directs a group of students devoted to the performance of Baroque and Classic music. He has twice been to Brazil as a Fulbright lecturer and returns annually to perform and teach. He continues an active international career as soloist and chamber musician, with tours in the United States, Europe, South America and Russia. In 1997 he celebrated his 25th anniversary on the UI faculty with a series of recitals displaying his versatility, appearing as a soloist, chamber musician, Baroque performance specialist and jazz violinist.

Swanson joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 1994. For nearly 20 years before that date he had an active operatic career in Europe. He has also had an extensive career as a concert singer, appearing as featured soloist with many U.S. orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony. Since coming to Iowa City, he has appeared in UI Opera Theater productions and performances of the Chamber Singers of Iowa City.

A member of the UI music faculty since 1990, Lecuona has given solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, as well as in South America and the Caribbean. She has also performed solo recitals and given master classes at many universities in Brazil. In 1993 she made her Carnegie Hall debut in a chamber performance in Weill Recital Hall. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the University of Iowa Symphony. In collaboration with her UI faculty colleagues she has appeared in numerous chamber music concerts on the UI campus.