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Release: Jan. 26, 2001

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Avner Biron is pronounced "ahv-NAIR bee-ROHN". Ilya Itin is pronounced "EEL-ya EET-in." Tzvi Avni is pronounced "TIZ-vee AHV-nee." For advance interviews contact Lynda or Marty , 212-799-5783.)

Israel Camerata and pianist Ilya Itin will perform in UI Hancher Auditorium Feb. 13

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Israel Camerata Jerusalem chamber orchestra, under the direction of Avner Biron, will by joined by pianist Ilya Itin, winner of the 1996 Leeds Competition, in a concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

The concert program is: Haydn’s Symphony No. 78 in C minor; two works by Mozart, the Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595, and the Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201; and "Prayer," written for the Israel Camerata Jerusalem by Israeli composer Tzvi Avni.

The Israel Camerata Jerusalem, described in the New York Times as "the best of the new generation of Israeli ensembles" and in the Cleveland Plain Dealer as "dashingly virtuosic," is a particular showcase for Russian emigres. More than a dozen of the orchestra’s 36 members held positions as soloists in many of the renowned orchestras of the former Soviet Union.

Its founding musical director, flutist Avner Biron, is also the head of the renowned Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem.

At the Leeds Competition, Russian-born Itin was the unanimous choice of the judges, sweeping all the competition’s awards and winning the vote of the BBC audience as well. He was also the winner of the Cleveland Competition and was a prize-winner in the Artur Rubinstein Competition.

He has played with major orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall, the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic in its Great Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. He made his Vienna debut while on tour with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

The Guardian of London described Itin as an "outstanding performer, with a wonderful range of colour, a truly imaginative way with texture and phrasing, and a supreme technical command."

Born in Germany in 1927, Tzvi Avni is one of Israel Camerata’s foremost composers. He immigrated to Israel as a child and studied music in both Israel and the United States.

His works, performed in Israel and around the world, include symphonic, vocal, chamber, solo and electronic music. Since 1971 he has been a member of the faculty of the Rubin Academy of Music, where he is head of the theory and composition department and director of the electronic music studio.

Eye Surgeons Associates P.C. is the corporate sponsor of this event, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets to the Feb. 13 concert are $35, $32 and $29. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, with Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to UI students for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half price.

Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at <>.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

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