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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 campus.

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 romantics.

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 in Ohio.

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.

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(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Michel Debost may be pronounced me-shell d'boast. Tadeu Coelho is pronounced tah-DAY-you QUAIL-yoe.)