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Violinist La Fosse will play a recital of short concert pieces and
encores Nov. 15
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Violinist Leopold La Fosse from the University of
Iowa School of Music will play a program made up entirely of short concert
pieces and encores at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 in Clapp Recital Hall on the
La Fosse will be joined for the concert by pianist Rene Lecuona, who
is also on the School of Music faculty. Their performance will be free
and open to the public.
Many of the pieces La Fosse has chosen for his program were once staples
of the concert violinist's repertoire. For many years, however, these lighter
concert pieces were out of fashion, as violinists chose to play more serious
programs. Only occasionally did they show up as encores, performed after
the real business of the concert was over and unacknowledged on the printed
But recently the lighter pieces have started re-appearing on recital
programs and becoming more popular with performers. This is a development
that pleases La Fosse.
"I have been wanting to do a program like this for some time,"
La Fosse explained. "There is a wonderful repertoire of light pieces,
commonly called 'encore pieces,' that are much appreciated by violinists
and the public alike.
"Last year I played a number of serious programs, including three
out of four of my 25th-anniversary recitals. After that, I thought that
this would be a good time to go on to a lighter vein. This repertoire has
been a treasure for uncounted performers and listeners. And besides, the
program will be fun to do!"
The program includes light-hearted virtuoso showpieces as well as pieces
in a sentimental vein, and extends in style from Beethoven to Gershwin.
The early 20th-century violinist Fritz Kreisler -- one of the most prolific
composers of violin encores -- is represented by "Tambourin Chinois"
and an arrangement of a Tango by Isaac Albeniz. Other accomplished violinists
on the program include Antonio Bazzini, with "La Ronde des Lutins"
("The round of the goblins") and Jascha Heifitz, with his arrangement
of Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So" from "Porgy and
Showing the range of the concert, other composers and pieces on the
program will be: "Ciaconna" by the 17th-century Italian composer
Giovanni Battista Vitali; Beethoven's Romance in F major; "Piece en
form de Habanera" by Maurice Ravel; "Notturno et Tarantelle"
by Karol Szymanowski; Tango in A major by the leading exponent of the "new
tango," the late Argentinean composer and performer Astor Piazzola;
and "Contramano" by Blas Rivera, an Argentinean composer who
was influenced by Piazzola.
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.
He later studied at the New England Conservatory. Before coming to the
UI he taught at the University of Texas at Austin.
At the UI he teaches violin, directs a group of students devoted to
the performance of Baroque and Classic music, the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble,
and serves as area head for strings. 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 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. In 1997 he celebrated
his 25th anniversary on the UI faculty with a series of four recitals displaying
his versatility, appearing as a virtuoso soloist, a chamber musician, a
Baroque performance specialist and a jazz violinist.
Lecuona has given solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United
States, as well as in South America and the Caribbean. As an Artistic Ambassador
for the United States, she has given concerts and master classes in Argentina,
Peru, Ecuador and Trinidad and Tobago. 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 the Cayuga Chamber
Orchestra, the Orchard Park Symphony, the Vivaldi Traveling Orchestra,
the Eastman Philharmonia and the University of Iowa Symphony. In collaboration
with her UI faculty colleagues she has appeared in numerous chamber music
concerts on the UI campus.
Lecuona received her doctorate in piano performance and literature from
the Eastman School of Music, where she won the 1990 Concerto Competition,
a doctoral fellowship and the performer's certificate. She earned bachelor's
and master's degrees with distinction from the School of Music at Indiana
University. Her major teachers have included Menahem Pressler, Gyorgy Sebok
and Rebecca Penneys.
Since 1990 she has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music, where
she has received an Old Gold Fellowship to research piano music by women
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