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Release: March 12, 2001
La Fosse Baroque Ensemble, soloists present free UI
concert March 25
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble,
a small string orchestra directed by the violinist and University of Iowa
School of Music faculty member Leopold La Fosse, will present a program of
Baroque and Classical concertos at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25 in the Senate Chamber
of the Old Capitol on the UI campus. The performance will be free and open
to the public.
The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble is made up of current
and former UI students and UI music faculty. The group specializes in the
performance of music from the Baroque period in music, 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 March 25 concert will feature La Fosse, as well
as UI Division of Performing Arts director David Nelson, and several
of La Fosses violin students at the School of Music as soloists.
The first work on the program will be Joseph Haydns
Violin Concerto in A major, with UI doctoral candidate Spencer Howard as soloist.
Next, La Fosse and Nelson will be soloists for Arcangelo Corellis Concerto
Grosso in B-flat major, op. 5 no. 6. Stephen Shepherd, another doctoral candidate
in violin, will play two movements from Mozarts Violin Concerto in A
major. La Fosse will team up with doctoral candidate Miki Yuassa for Vivaldis
Concerto in A minor for two violins. And to conclude the program, Marji Gere,
a senior majoring in violin, will perform a movement from J.S. Bachs
Violin Concerto in A minor.
La Fosse joined the UI music faculty in 1972. His
extensive performing career has included solo appearances as well as concertmaster
positions with five orchestras. At the UI he teaches violin and directs the
La Fosse Baroque Ensemble. He has twice been to Brazil as a Fulbright lecturer
and returns annually to perform, teach and give master classes.
La Fosse continues an active international career
as soloist and chamber musician, with tours in the United States, Europe,
South America and Russia. He has had performances at Wigmore Hall in London,
Sala Cecilia Mireles in Rio de Janeiro, Town Hall in New York, and the National
Gallery, Phillips Gallery and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In 1997
he celebrated his 25th anniversary on the UI faculty with a series of four
recitals displaying his versatility, appearing as a virtuoso soloist, a chamber
musician, a Baroque performance specialist and a jazz violinist.
Nelson was director of the UI School of Music from
1991 until he was appointed the first director of the UIs new Division
of Performing Arts in July 2000. He is a music educator and conductor as well
as a violinist with professional orchestral and chamber music experience.
Before coming to the UI, he was on the faculty and directed the School of
Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He
is the author of scholarly articles in music psychology, music cognition and
pedagogy. He holds degrees from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and
the University of Texas at Austin.
The Baroque Ensemble was founded in 1985 to provide
violin students at the UI the opportunity to play solo works from the Baroque
and early Classic periods. Since its formation the group has been invited
to perform at a number of state and national conventions of the Music Teachers
National Association, the Music educators National Conference, and colleges
and public schools in Iowa.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing
Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.
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