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Release: April 21, 2000

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'Marriage made in heaven' of flute and organ will be featured

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The unusual combination of flute and organ will be featured on a University of Iowa School of Music faculty recital, performed by flutist Tadeu Coelho and organist Delbert Disselhorst, at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 30 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

"Flute and organ make an interesting combination," Coelho said of the programming. "They are both wind instruments of very different sorts, so the sounds are certainly compatible." And, he added, in Clapp Recital Hall, where the organ is located in a gallery above the stage, "we will both play from above, so it is like a marriage made in heaven!"

The program will comprise six works: Sonata in G minor, BWV 1020, by J.S. Bach; the Partita for flute alone, composed for Coelho by Ronald Roseman; Sonata in G major, Wq. 133 of C.P.E. Bach; "Sonata da Chiesa" ("Church" sonata) by Frank Martin; Fantasy on "Slane" by Libby Larsen; and "Trois Mouvements" by Jehan-Ariste Alain.

The performance is dedicated to the memory of Roseman, who died Feb. 10. Internationally known as an oboist, composer and teacher, Roseman was one of the most influential woodwind players of his generation. He played with the New York Woodwind Quintet, the Bach Aria Group and the New York Philharmonic, in addition to performing with virtually all the major chamber music groups and at many of the world's major music festivals in the course of his career.

"My wife and I were both his students," Coelho said, "and he was very dear to us. He was a mentor to me in terms of musical integrity, and he showed me that one should approach teaching through love -- love for music and for getting the best out of the students.

"Musically he had a great influence on me. He showed me that technical problems of playing can have a musical solution, working through the musical phrase rather than the technique."

Roseman wrote his Partita for flute alone for Coelho's 1992 debut recital in New York's Carnegie Recital Hall. It was inspired by the solo flute music of J.S. Bach, whose music had a great impact on Roseman. "His life was changed by the beauty of the music and texts of Bach's cantatas, of which he was a master performer," Coelho explained. "He was born Jewish and turned to Christianity after playing the cantatas."

C.P.E. Bach was the most successful musician among J.S. Bach's children. He spent more than 20 years as keyboard player to King Frederick the Great of Prussia, a devoted music lover and amateur flute player, and later was music director in Hamburg. He was well known in his lifetime as the composer of keyboard sonatas and his "Essay on the True Art of Keyboard Playing."

One of the most active and successful composers working today, Libby Larsen has produced works for orchestra, dance, opera, choral, chamber and solo performance. An articulate advocate for the arts, she co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum. She is an advisor to many musical organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Symphony Orchestra League. She has served as composer-in-residence with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony and is the newly appointed composer-in residence with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

A member of an important family of organists and composers, Jehan Alain died tragically at the age of 29 in World War II. At the time his son, Marie Claire, who later transcribed the "Trois Mouvements" for organ and flute, was only 8 years old.

Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. He has previously taught at the University of New Mexico, and more recently has served as 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 at Tanglewood 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."

Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire, with special interest in the music of Latin America. Several composers have written works for him, including 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. Coelho is a Miyazawa artist.

Disselhorst has been a member of the UI School of Music faculty since 1970. He holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Illinois, where he graduated as a Bronze Tablet Scholar. As a recipient of a Fulbright grant in organ, he also studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in Frankfurt, Germany. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan.

As a concert artist, Disselhorst has performed in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has appeared as a recitalist for several regional conventions and for the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Houston, Texas, in 1989.

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