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Release: Sept. 1, 2000

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Annette-Barbara Vogel is pronounced ah-NET-tah BAR-ba-ra
FO-gul. Chancler is pronounced like Chancellor.)

Violinist Vogel and guest artists present music for piano trio

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.

Beethoven’s 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 Beethoven’s 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, among others.

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 and Reger.

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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