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Release: May 2, 2002

La Fosse Baroque Ensemble will play annual Mothers' Day Concert at Museum of Art

The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present its annual Mother’s Day concert by the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12.

The performance will be free and open to the public. This concert will mark the seventh year that the La Fosse Ensemble has played a concert in the museum on Mother’s Day.

The program will comprise J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, featuring an ensemble of three oboes, bassoon, two French horns, strings and harpsichord; Josef Haydn’s Violin Concerto in C major, with soloist Lijiong Liao, a graduate student from China; Antonio Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto in D major, op. 3 no. 7, with soloist Alla Cross, a graduate student from Russia; W.A. Mozart’s Divertimento in D major, K136; and Bach’s Violin Concerto in E major with Leopold La Fosse, the group’s director, as soloist.

The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble is made up of current and former UI students and UI music faculty. The group plays music from the Baroque period, 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.

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. La Fosse grew up in a musical family: his father and paternal grandfather were violinists, his mother was a concert and pianist and her father was a concert organist. He began studying violin at the age of three and made his first public appearance at the age of four. At eight he began a three-year series of engagements on NBC radio. He later studied at the New England Conservatory. Before coming to the UI he taught at the University of Texas at Austin.

La Fosse has twice been to Brazil as a Fulbright lecturer and returns annually to perform, teach and give master classes. He also 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.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the UI Museum of Art during the 2001-02 season, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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