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Release: June 16, 2000

UI Flute Seminar and Institute will feature two public concerts June 25 and 30

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Flutist Tadeu Coelho will play some of his favorite pieces, from the music of his native Brazil to virtuoso show pieces and an arrangement of a Chopin nocturne, when he and pianist Jeffrey Peterson present a free recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 25 in Clapp Recital on the University of Iowa Campus.

The recital will kick off a week of intense activity for Coelho, who is directing the UI Flute Seminar and Pedagogical Institute 2000, an annual event dedicated to the study of the flute, June 25-30. The seminar will culminate with an informal concert by participants at 3 p.m. Friday, June 30 in Clapp Recital Hall.

The Flute Seminar and Institute is open by advance registration only, but both performances will be free and open to the public. Auditors may attend sessions of the seminar on a daily basis; for information, see the Seminar's web page at

The program for the June 25 concert will comprise five pieces, opening with "Poemeto" by Brazilian composer Osvaldo Lacerda. Next, Coelho will play "Transparencias" by Mexican composer Eduardo Gamboa, a piece written for and dedicated to Coelho and premiered by him earlier this year. The score is based on the folk music of several distinct Mexican regions, including Yacatan, Vera Cruz and Jalisco.

Coelho and Peterson will play an arrangement of a Chopin Nocturne for piano, and Coelho alone will play a solo flute version of one of Nicolo Paganini's famously difficult 24 Caprices for solo violin. The program will conclude with Andre Jolivet's "Chant de Linos" for flute and piano.

The program for the June 30 participants' concert will be decided during the Master Class.

Coelho said the Master Class and Institute attracts proficient flute players from college students to professionals. "It is a week dedicated to the study of the flute from different aspects: technique, performance, teaching and other issues including stage presence and orchestral auditions," he said.

"This year, we are honored to have one of the greatest flutists of all times with us, Julius Baker, who has played principal flute with the Cleveland and Chicago symphonies and was first flutist with the New York Philharmonic for more than 25 years.

"Since the participants will be involved in performance every day of the Seminar, we decided to start off the week with a concert that will showcase some of my favorite pieces, as well as some very challenging solo pieces for flute."

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."

Started on the flute by his father, he has studied with many of the leading flute teachers around the world. He holds a doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with the legendary flutist Julius Baker. He has toured Italy, Germany, the United States, Mexico and Brazil, performing concerts and giving master classes.

Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire, with special interest in the music of Latin America. 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.

Pianist Jeffrey Peterson has worked as a collaborative pianist and coach all over the world, with some of the most important singers of our time, including Martina Arroyo, James King and Teresa Kubiak. He has served as harpsichordist for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and as pianist for the Cincinnati Men's Chorus. Now in his third year with the Flute Seminar, Peterson has worked as a coach and accompanist at Indiana University in Bloomington for the last eight years. This fall he will begin his doctorate at the University of Illinois as the assistant to renowned vocal accompanist John Wustman.

After graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Julius Baker played with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the CBS Orchestra in New York City, where he was also associated with the famed Bach Aria Group. After the CBS Orchestra was disbanded, Baker was principal flute of the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, where he remained until 1983. He is on the faculty of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Baker gives master classes throughout the United States and around the world, including one at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., which has been held every summer for many years. He has recorded for RCA Victor, Decca, Vanguard, Westminster and Vox Cum Laude. His latest CDs are on the VAI, Vanguard Classics and Oxford labels.

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