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Release: June 8, 2001

UI Flute Seminar, Institute 2001 will feature two public concerts

Flutists Tadeu Coelho and Christina Smith will play a program of music for one and two flutes at 7 p.m. Monday, June 25 in Clapp Recital Hall. The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the UI Flute Seminar and Pedagogical Institute 2001, an annual event dedicated to the study of the flute.

Coelho, who directs the Flute Seminar and Pedagogical Institute, is a member of the UI School of Music faculty; Smith is principal flute of the Atlanta Symphony and teaches at Kennesaw State University and Emory University in Atlanta. They will be accompanied by pianist Jeffrey Peterson, who returns for his fourth year with the flute institute.

The seminar will culminate with an informal concert by participants at 3 p.m. Friday, June 29 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 June 25 concert will open and close with duet performances by Coelho and Smith. They will begin the concert with the Andante and Rondo for two flutes by Franz Doppler and end it with a virtuoso showpiece for flutists, "Guillaume Tell Duo brillant" by Jules Demersseman and Felix Berthelemy.

In between, each will perform significant works from the flute repertoire with Peterson. Coelho will play the Sonata for flute and piano (1957) by Jindrich Feld and "Sicilenne et Burlesque" (1914) by Alfredo Casella. Smith will play Eldin Burton's Sonatine (1948).

The program for the June 29 participants' concert will be decided during the institute.

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 pleased to have with us Christina Smith, who became the youngest principal flute player in a major American orchestra when she was appointed to the Atlanta Symphony. Her extensive performance experience, as well as her perspective on the professional orchestral experience, will make her a valuable part of the institute.

"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 a variety of performing styles, as well as some very challenging pieces for flute."

Coelho joined the UI music faculty in 1997. An international touring artist sponsored by the Miyazawa Flute Company, 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."

Coelho performs a wide range of repertoire, with special interest in the music of Latin America. Many composers have written works for him, including UI faculty members Michael Eckert and Lawrence Fritts. 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 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.

A native of Sonoma County, Calif., Smith began her flute studies when she was seven. She has appeared as soloist with many orchestras in Northern California, including the San Francisco Symphony at the age of 15. In 1989 she graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, where she won the academy's highest honor, the Young Artist Medal. That same year she entered the Curtis Institute in Cleveland to study with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner.

Smith was appointed principal flutist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1991. She has appeared as soloist many times with the orchestra, performing concertos of Mozart, Ibert, Rodrigo and Nielsen. She has performed at the Blossom, Tanglewood and Marlboro music festivals, and regularly appears in recitals, chamber music and master classes throughout the country.

Her solo appearances recently have included performances with the Atlanta Symphony and the Columbus Symphony, with which she performed the world premiere of James Oliverio's flute concerto. She has also recorded three chamber music works of Charles Knox.

Pianist 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. Peterson has worked as a coach and accompanist at Indiana University in Bloomington for the last eight years. This fall he will begin his second year as the assistant to the world-renowned vocal accompanist John Wustman at the University of Illinois.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.

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