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Release: March 16, 1999

La Fosse Baroque Ensemble will play a program of string concertos March 27

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble will play a program of concerto movements, featuring students and faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music as soloists, in a free concert at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the UI Pentacrest.

Under the direction of violinist Leopold La Fosse, the founder of the group and a member of the School of Music faculty, the group will lay works by three of the most popular and esteemed composers of the 18th century: Antonio Vivaldi, Franz Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

A featured work on the program will be Haydn's Violin Concerto in A major. A work that was lost for many years, the A major concerto was rediscovered in the 1950s but is only now coming back into the repertory, La Fosse said. "It's a very interesting and beautiful work," he said. "I don't know if it's been done in this area before, but this is the first time we have performed it."

The performance of the Haydn A major concerto will feature two violin soloists: graduate student Hermes Alvarenga for the first movement and La Fosse for two final movements.

The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble is a small string orchestra made up of current and former UI students and UI music faculty. The group specializes in the performance of music from the Baroque period in music, roughly 1600 to 1750, and the early Classic period. They perform using copies of authentic Baroque instruments and bows. This enables them to play their instruments in the same manner as performers of the Baroque period, which in turn makes possible a historically appropriate style of performance.

The ensemble was founded in 1985 to provide violin students at the UI the opportunity to play solo works from the Baroque and early Classic periods. Since its formation the group has been invited to perform at a number of state and national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association, the Music educators National Conference, and colleges and public schools in Iowa. Their annual performance series on the UI campus includes concerts at the UI Museum of Art, University Hospital's Colloton Pavilion and the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

The complete program and soloists will be:
--Concerto for violin and strings in D major, op. 8 no. 7, by Vivaldi, with UI graduate student Spencer Howard as soloist;
--the first movement of the Violin Concerto in A major, K. 219, by Mozart, with graduate student Stephen Shepherd as soloist;
--the first movement of the Cello Concerto in D major by Haydn, with graduate student James Ellis as soloist;
--the Violin Concerto in D major from "L'estro Armonico," op. 3 no. 7, by Vivaldi, with graduate student Miki Yuasa as soloist;
--the second movement from the Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra, K. 364, with UI graduate student Fredi Gerling, violin, and UI alumnus Barrett Stoll, viola, as soloists; and finally,
--the Violin Concerto in A major by Haydn.

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. In addition to his teaching duties at the UI, 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 four recitals displaying his versatility, appearing as a virtuoso soloist, a chamber musician, a Baroque performance specialist and a jazz violinist.