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Academy Of Ancient Music Performs Handel, Vivaldi In UI Concert
Academy of Ancient Music, the world's leading period-instrument ensemble,
will return to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium for a concert under
the direction of violinist Andrew Manze at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. The program
will feature works by Vivaldi, Handel, Biber and Geminiani.
The ensemble will offer a free open rehearsal at 5:30 p.m. in Hancher on
the day of the concert.
The original Academy of Ancient Music was established in 1726 for the purpose
of studying and performing "old" music -- defined initially as music
composed at least a century earlier, but soon to include more contemporary
composers, most notably Handel. The modern revival of the Academy, founded
by Christopher Hogwood in 1973, created one of the first period-instrument
orchestras. The Academy of Ancient Music is now renowned worldwide for its
concerts and more than 250 recordings of music from the Baroque, Classical
and early Romantic eras.
The Academy of Ancient Music is especially well known for its pioneering
recordings under Hogwood for Decca. The orchestra was the first to record
all Mozart's symphonies on period instruments and has since recorded the complete
piano concertos and symphonies of Beethoven, and is part-way through recording
the complete Haydn symphonies and the complete Mozart piano concertos with
fortepianist Robert Levin.
Under Hogwood, the Academy of Ancient Music has also made a number of opera
recordings for Decca, in particular working closely with Cecilia Bartoli.
Their prize-winning recordings include Mozart's "La clemenza di Tito,"
Haydn's "Orfeo ed Euridice" and, most recently, Handel's "Rinaldo,"
which was awarded the Gramophone and Cannes Classical awards.
In 1996, the artistic directorship of the Academy of Ancient Music was extended
with the appointment of Paul Goodwin as associate conductor and Andrew Manze
as associate director, both of whom record with Harmonia Mundi USA. Manze's
recordings as soloist and director include violin concertos by Bach and Vivaldi,
concerti grossi by Geminiani and Handel and the Bach harpsichord concertos
with soloist Richard Egarr.
Manze is "among the most exciting of early music's young blades,"
according to the Independent, and the BBC Music Magazine described him as
"a violinist with extraordinary flair and improvisatory freedom, the
Grappelli of the Baroque."
As soloist, orchestral director, conductor and chamber musician he specializes
in repertoire from 1610 to 1830. He is also a writer and broadcaster about
many aspects of the early-music world, and is often to be heard on BBC radio
as a presenter and as well as a performer.
Tickets for the Academy of Ancient Music are $35, $33 and $30 ($28 and $10
for UI students; $28, $26.40 and $24 for senior citizens; and half price for
audience members 17 and younger).
Hancher Auditorium box office business 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. People with
special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319)
335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who
use that technology.
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may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may
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Cantebury Inn and Suites is the corporate sponsor of the Academy of Ancient
Music performance through the University of Iowa Foundation..
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