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Release: Sept. 1, 2000
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Annette-Barbara Vogel is pronounced
FO-gul. Chancler is pronounced like Chancellor.)
Violinist Vogel and guest artists present music for
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel
from the University of Iowa School of Music will join forces with cellist
Kenneth Woods and pianist Rose Chancler to present a faculty/guest recital
of music for piano trio, at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 in Clapp Recital Hall
on the UI campus.
Their concert will be free and open to the public.
The program will comprise three works for piano trio:
the Trio in C minor, op. 1 no.3, by Beethoven; "Nino Sol" by Lucia
Patino; and the Trio in G minor, op. 15, Bedrich Smetana.
Beethovens first published works were a set
of Three Piano Trios, op. 1. Written when the young composer was still living
in Bonn, Germany, the trios were probably selected for his first publication
because they represented a particularly popular performance form among aristocratic
music lovers. The publication was dedicated to Prince Lichnowksi, who was
one of Beethovens first important patrons.
There is a well known story that Beethoven performed
the trios for Haydn, who was on his way to, or from, his visit to London in
1794-95. According to the story, Haydn liked the trios but advised against
including the Third Trio in c minor in the published set. Later it proved
to be the most successful of the three trios. Beethoven suspected Haydn of
jealousy, but the older composer said he had misgivings that such a fine work
might not be understood by the public.
Both of the other pieces on the program came out of
experiences of sorrow and loss. Smetana wrote his Piano Trio in g minor in
memory of his first daughter, who died in 1855 at the age of four and a half.
In it the composer expressed the pitilessness of fate. Grief, mourning and
suffering are finally transformed in the last movement into expressions of
solace and a new energy to live.
The Trio was first performed with the composer as
pianist in December 1855. The first performance was not a success, but later
Smetana wrote to a friend, "The critics condemned it without exception.
(But) The following year we played it for Liszt . . . and he embraced me afterwards
and congratulated my wife on the piece."
Patino was born in Quito, Ecuador, and studied composition
at Latin American Music Center at Indiana University in Bloomington, where
she has also worked on the staff. She wrote, "Nino Sol is
dedicated to my cousin, who died on Christmas Day in 1993. Using the instruments
to create a play of memories and images searching for the light in the shadows,
sometimes with anger, sometimes with sadness, ultimately in peace."
Vogel joined the UI faculty in January 1999. She teaches
violin and is the artistic director of Magisterra, the UI International Chamber
Music Festival and Academy that was inaugurated in May 2000. She has performed
extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, playing as a soloist
with orchestra, a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared at
the Aspen, Ravinia, Chautauqua, Menuhin and Schleswig-Holstein festivals,
During the 1999-2000 season she presented the complete
cycle of Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano in Germany and the United
States with pianist Ulrich Hofmann, including performances at the UI, and
she toured Romania and Germany with critically acclaimed performances of the
Brahms violin concerto.
Vogel has won numerous performance competitions and
has been serving on the jury of the "Jugend musiziert" (Young performers)
competition in Germany since 1998. She has recorded on the Hamonia Mundi,
Cybele and Highland labels, including music by Beethoven, Khachaturian, Smetana,
Ravel, Richard Strauss and Alfred Schnittke. Future projects include a violin-cello
duo CD and a violin-piano CD with Sonatas and pieces by Brahms, Enesco, Lutoslawksi
Chancler has performed throughout the United States
as both a soloist and a collaborative artist. She has played concertos and
recitals in Alaska, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Oklahoma and
Massachusetts. She has played chamber music performances with notable artists,
including Paul Rosenthal, Jeffrey Solow and Harvey Pittel. She has been an
invited guest artist and teacher at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and
at Magisterra!, the first UI International Chamber Music Festival and Academy
in May, 2000.
She has held teaching positions at the University
of Alaska, Fairbanks, and the Baylor University School of Music, and she has
been faculty accompanist at the Chautauqua Institution. She holds a bachelor's
degree in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and master's
and doctoral degrees in piano performance and literature from the Eastman
School in Rochester, N.Y.
Currently a member of the faculty of Eastern Oregon
University, Woods has had a long and eclectic background as orchestra musician,
soloist and chamber musician. As a member since 1993 of the Taliesen Trio,
which received a National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residency grant, he
has performed throughout the United States and Canada, and he has also been
heard as soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and New Zealand.
He has performed at musical festivals around the world,
including the Great Lakes Festival, the Luzerne Festival in Switzerland, the
Schloss Weinberg Festival in Austria and the Domaine Forget Festival in Canada.
He has performed chamber music with members of the Chamber Music Society of
Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Cincinnati and Toronto
symphonies, the Minnesota and Concertgebouw orchestras. He has recently played
in Portugal, New Zealand, Italy and Canada, and has been heard on National
Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
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