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Release: Nov. 24, 1999

La Fosse Baroque Ensemble, soloists to present free concert

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble, a small string orchestra directed by the violinist and University of Iowa School of Music faculty member Leopold La Fosse, will present a mixed program of 18th-century pieces featuring a variety of soloists, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 11, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the UI campus. The performance will be free and open to the public.

The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble is 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 Dec. 11 concert will open with J.S. Bach's popular "Brandenburg" Concerto No. 3, in which the entire ensemble of strings serves as soloists. That will be followed by Bach's Cantata No. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen" ("Praise God in all lands"), featuring soprano soloist Nancy Hagen, who is best known to area audiences as an announcer for the university radio stations, KSUI and WSUI. School of Music faculty member David Greenhoe will play the obbligato high trumpet part, which is virtually a co-solo part with the soprano.

Later in the program Greenhoe will be the soloist for Giuseppi Torelli's Sonata a 5 (Sonata in five parts) No. 1 in D major for trumpet and strings, another piece that calls for the kind of brilliant high trumpet playing that was routine in the Baroque era, and that amazes contemporary audiences.

Benjamin Coelho, another School of Music faculty member, will be soloist in the Bassoon Concerto in E minor of Antonio Vivaldi. And Amos Yang, cellist of the School of Music's resident Maia String Quartet, will be featured in Joseph Haydn's Cello Concerto in D major.

Greenhoe has been on the faculty of the UI School of Music and the principal trumpeter of the Quad City Symphony since 1979. He is also chair of the brass area at the UI and plays first trumpet in the UI Iowa Brass Quintet. He is active as a soloist and recitalist, and during summer seasons he performs as solo trumpeter with the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sinfonietta, a post he has held since 1975.

Coelho has worked extensively as performer and teacher of bassoon, in both the United States and his native Brazil. He was a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, with whom he played a sold-out concert in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. He has played with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro and the Grupo de Musica Contemporanea of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He taught bassoon at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, where he served as the elected vice-dean of the School of Music.

A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, Yang has taught at the Peabody Conservatory. He has won first prize in the Grace Vamos Cello Competition and American String Teachers Association Cello Competition, and he was a finalist in the Pierre Fournier Cello Competition in London. He joined the Maia Quartet in 1996 and has been in residence at the UI with the quartet since the fall of 1998.

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. At the UI he teaches violin and serves as area head for strings. 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 Janeiro, 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.

The Baroque 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.

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