CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Feb. 11, 2000
Michel Debost, guest from Oberlin Conservatory, will
present flute recital
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Michel Debost, who represents the
great tradition of French flute playing, will present a free flute recital
as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb.
26 in Clapp Recital Hall.
Debost will perform works for solo flute, works for
flute and piano, and works for two flutes and piano. Performing with him will
be pianist Brook Cuden from Luther College and UI flute professor Tadeu Coelho.
Debost's appearance in Iowa City is jointly sponsored
by the Iowa City Flute Association, with the UI School of Music. During his
visit to Iowa City, Debost will also present a master class in flute performance.
The master class, which is open to the public free of charge, will be at 8:30
a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building on the UI
The Feb. 26 recital will open with the "Trio des Jeunes
Ismaelites" (Trio of the young Ishmaelites) from Berlioz's oratorio "L'Enfance
du Christ" (The childhood of Christ). Next, Debost and Cuden will play "Romance
et Odelette" by Camille Saint-Saens and the Sonata "Undine" by Carl Reinecke.
After intermission Debost will play "Syrinx" for solo
flute by Claude Debussy. With Cuden he will play the "Cantabile et Presto"
of Romanian composer Ghorgio Enescu, and all three performers will return
for the Andante and Rondo for two flutes and piano by Franz Doppler.
A graduate of the Paris Conservatory, Debost studied
with the most distinguished teachers of the French tradition. He was principal
flute of the Orchestre de Paris for many years, playing under music directors
Charles Munch, Herbert von Karajan, Georg Solti and Daniel Barenboim. He succeeded
the famous French flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal as professor at the Paris Conservatory.
Debost has recorded most of the solo flute repertoire
on LPs and CDs, for a variety of major record labels including EMI, Angel,
Toshiba, Flute Traversiere, DGG, Kontrapunkte and Skarbo. Recent CDs include
"French Music for Flute 1900-1950," released in 1999 on Skarbo, and a recording
of music for flute and harp, released on the Kontrapunkte label. EMI France
has just reissued, on CD re-mastered, his recording of the Mozart Concertos
with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, as well as "La Flute Virtuose" (The virtuoso
flute), a CD of flute and piano works by Beethoven, Weber, Schubert and flute
Debost is consulting editor for the magazine Flute
Talk, where he has written a monthly column since 1991, for which he received
the Educational Music Award in 1995. He has also published a 1996 book on
flute-related topics titled "Une Simple Flute" (A simple flute). A Japanese
version was published in 1997, and an English edition is under way at Oxford
University Press. He is currently on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory
A native of Minnesota, Brook Cuden has performed as
both a solo and collaborative artist throughout Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa.
She is currently a member of the piano faculty at Luther College in Decorah.
She is a graduate student, piano instructor and staff accompanist at the UI
School of Music. As a soloist , she recently performed the world premiere
of "Impressions I and II" by Evangelia Kikou at the UI as well as a benefit
recital in Grand Marais, Minn. She recently gave a series of song recitals
with the baritone Johan Lippens, both in the Midwest and in the Netherlands.
After graduating from Northwestern University with
a Bachelor of Music degree, Cuden was the winner of the MTNA State Collegiate
Piano Competition and the Iowa Federation of Music Clubs' State Piano Competition
in the same year. She was the recipient of the 1995 Farwell Award in Chicago.
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,
and 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 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.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.
(NOTE TO EDITORS: A photo of Michel Debost
that can be downloaded is available on the web at http://www.oberlin.edu/~mdebost/id.html.)
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Michel Debost may be
pronounced me-shell d'boast. Tadeu Coelho is pronounced tah-DAY-you QUAIL-yoe.)