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Release: Aug. 27, 1999

Flutist Tadeu Coelho will play music of his native Brazil on UI faculty recital Sept. 8

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Flutist Tadeu Coelho will open the University of Iowa School of Music 1999-2000 faculty recital series with a remarkable program, featuring three seldom-played virtuoso works for flute alone, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. His recital will be free and open to the public.

Coelho, who is a native of Brazil, will complete his recital program with a group of works equally unfamiliar to American audiences: a series of Brazilian pieces for flute and piano, including three "choros" -- a popular style of Brazilian instrumental music. For this portion of the program he will be accompanied by a fellow Brazilian, pianist Cristina Gerling.

The three solo works -- J.S. Bach's Partita in A minor, "Melopeias" No. 3 by Brazilian composer Cesar Guerra-Peixe, and the Partita for flute alone of Ronald Roseman -- represent diverse periods and styles. They do, however, have one feature in common: Each was composed for a virtuoso player. Bach is supposed to have written his Partita for one of the leading players of his day, the French flutist and teacher Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin. Guerra-Peixe composed "Melopeias" No. 3 for a flutist friend.

Roseman's Partita is associated with the names of several flutists: Written for Coelho on the occasion of his 1992 debut recital at New York's Carnegie Hall, it was dedicated to the eminent flute teacher Samuel Baron and to the memory of the revered flutist Thomas Nyfenger. It has since become a standard part of the virtuoso flute repertory.

"To lighten it up, the second half of the recital will be fun and entertaining," Coelho said. "The pieces are beautiful, light in character and playful."

Two concert pieces -- "Poemeto" by Osvaldo Lacerda" and the Sonatina for flute and piano by Mozart Camargo-Guarnieri -- will be followed by the choros. In Brazil, the word "choro" is used generically to refer to instrumental ensemble music, often in a dance style. Already popular at the turn of the last century, the choro reached its apex in the 1940s and today is considered almost a classical genre of Brazilian music. Many choros feature virtuoso improvisation of instrumental variations by one or more soloists, often in a manner that is similar to American jazz.

Coelho and Gerling will close the program with Coelho's arrangement of three authentic choros by Brazilian composers.

Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. He has previously taught at the University of New Mexico and more recently has been visiting professor at the Ino Mirkovich music academy in Croatia. 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's performances have consistently earned high 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."

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 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 he also recorded works by Thomas Delio on 3D Classics. His new CD of 20th-century Mexican flute music was released in the spring of 1999 and is available, along with Coelho's other recordings, from Eble Music in downtown Iowa City.

Gerling is a professor of music at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Twice a recipient of a Fulbright grant to study in the United States, she holds a master’s degree with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music and a doctorate from Boston University. While living in Boston she taught at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division and the Rivers School, and she was a founding member of the Pan American Trio and the Longyear Chamber Music series.

Committed to playing all styles of piano music, Gerling has recorded the solo piano music of Bruno Kiefer, a southern Brazilian composer, and she has been invited to perform recent works of younger Brazilian composers. She appears frequently as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, as well as a lecturer. Her essay "Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt: a Posthumous Partnership" was published in volume on 19th-century piano music. As a visiting scholar at the UI she has performed a two-piano recital with Alys Queen featuring Olivier Messiaen's "Vision de l'Amen" at Clapp Recital Hall and at the New England Conservatory. This past summer she performed a solo recital at the World Piano Music Festival at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., as a result of an ongoing research project on Latin American piano music.

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