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Release: May 5,2000

La Fosse Baroque Ensemble will celebrate Mother's Day in UI Museum of Art May 14

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble, a small string orchestra that specializes in the performance of music from the Baroque period, will present a concert at 2 p.m. on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The performance, which is part of the museum's "Music in the Museum" series, will be free and open to the public. It will mark the fifth year the La Fosse Ensemble has played a concert in the museum on Mother's Day.

Featured soloists for the concert will be violinist Fredi Gerling, a UI doctoral music student; and soprano Nancy Hagen, a UI School of Music alumna who is also known to Eastern Iowa radio audiences as one of the announcers on UI radio stations WSUI and KSUI.

The program comprises three works: the Concerto Grosso "La Folia" by Francesco Geminiani; the cantata "Canta in prato, ride in monte" by Antonio Vivaldi, featuring Hagen; and Mozart's Violin Concert in A major, K. 219, with Gerling as soloist.

The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble is made up of current and former UI students and UI music faculty. The group plays music from the Baroque period, 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 group is directed by Leopold La Fosse, a professor in the UI School of Music. Gerling, who is on leave from the faculty of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil, while he studies violin with La Fosse, will conduct the Mother's Day concert.

Gerling will receive his doctorate in music this spring. He has an extensive background in chamber music, from his former training at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and his many years as an active performer with chamber music groups in the United States and Brazil. From 1989 to 1995 he led a string chamber orchestra in Brazil. During his tenure the orchestra produced recordings and toured the three Americas and Europe.

While in Iowa City, Gerling has been a visiting professor of violin at the UI and conductor of the Preucil School String Orchestra. He was guest conductor for the Des Moines Middle School Festival for three years. Upon his return to Brazil he will resume his activities as violin and chamber music professor at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in the city of Porto Alegre.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1999-2000 Music the Museum series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum. For information on the museum of Art, visit on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at