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Release: Oct. 8, 2002

(Photo: The Academy of Ancient Music; Photo credit: Richard Haughton)

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Academy Of Ancient Music Performs Handel, Vivaldi In UI Concert

The 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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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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