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Release: Oct. 12, 2001

Faculty, Student Soloists Featured With La Fosse Baroque Ensemble

The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music will perform a concert of Baroque concertos featuring both faculty and student soloists at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The concert, under the direction of violinist Leopold La Fosse, will be free and open to the public.

The program will comprise four concertos for stringed instruments. Featured soloists from the UI faculty will be violinists La Fosse and David Nelson, and cellists Amos Yang and Anthony Arnone. Graduate student soloists will be violinists Stephen Shepherd and Alla Cross.

The complete program for the concert will be:

-- Handel: Concerto Grosso in D Major, op. 6, no 5, with Leopold La Fosse and David Nelson, violin; and Anthony Arnone, cello;

-- Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major, Hob. VIIb:1, with Amos Yang, cello;

-- Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso in D minor, op. 3 no. 11, with Stephen Shepherd and Alla Cross, violin; and Anthony Arnone, cello; and

-- J.S. Bach: Concerto no. 2 in E Major for violin and string orchestra, BWV 1042, with Leopold La Fosse, violin.

"It can safely be said that each work on the program is a 'gem'," La Fosse said. "Many of the Concerti Grossi of the Baroque period are less well known than the greatest hits of the Baroque period -- such works as 'The Four Seasons' by Vivaldi or Bach's 'Brandenburg' Concertos -- but are equally lovely.

"For example, the Vivaldi Concerto Grosso we are playing is actually part of the same collection as 'The Four Seasons' -- published together as Op. 3. Likewise, Handel's instrumental works in Op. 6 are not as popular as the 'Messiah,' but they are a part of a group of works that are a very important part of the repertoire."

The latest addition to the UI string faculty, Anthony Arnone is a founding member of the Meriden Trio and the Sedgwick String Quartet, which regularly performs at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. He is currently principal cellist of the Madison Symphony in Wisconsin and has been a member of the Orchestra Philharmonique de Nice and the Wichita Symphony. He has taught master classes in Ohio, Michigan, and North Carolina. Before coming to the UI, he held a faculty position at Ripon College in Wisconsin where he taught stringed instruments, music theory and chamber music, and conducted the orchestra.

Nelson was director of the UI School of Music from 1991 until he was appointed the first director of the UI 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 at 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.

La Fosse joined the UI music faculty in 1972. His performing career has included extensive solo appearances as well as concertmaster positions with five orchestras. He 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.

The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble is a small string orchestra 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 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. Their annual performance series on the UI campus includes concerts at the UI Museum of Art, University Hospital's Colloton Pavilion and the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.

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

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