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Release: Oct. 18, 2002


The music of Bach and Vivaldi, and performances by two new faculty at the University of Iowa School of Music, will be among the features of a free concert by the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Under the direction of violinist Leopold La Fosse, a professor in the UI School of Music, the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble is a small string orchestra made up of current and former UI students and UI music faculty.

Appearing with La Fosse as soloists will be new UI faculty members Robert Dick, visiting faculty in flute, and Hannah Holman, a cellist who recently joined the Maia String Quartet. Other faculty soloists on the Oct. 30 concert will be violinists Amy Appold and Timothy Shiu from the Maia Quartet and cellist Anthony Arnone. UI graduate student Alla Cross, violin, and harpsichordist Beverly Everett, who recently graduated from the UI with a doctorate in organ performance, will also be featured at the concert.

The entire program will be:

-- J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D Major with soloists Dick, flute; La Fosse, violin; and Everett, harpsichord;

-- the Baroque Ensemble’s first performance of Bach’s Orchestral Suite no. 4 in D Major, which is scored for three trumpets, 3 oboes, bassoon, tympani and strings;

-- Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor for two Cellos, performed by Arnone and Holman; and

-- Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor for four violins, performed by La Fosse, Appold, Shiu and Cross.

The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble 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 group 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.

Now in his 31st year at the UI, La Fosse continues an active schedule of performances both in the United States and Brazil. From his first public appearance at the age of four up to the present day, his extensive performing career has included many solo appearances as well as concertmaster positions with five orchestras. He has twice been to Brazil as a Fulbright lecturer and returns annually to perform, teach and give master classes.

Dick is internationally known as a performer, composer and improviser. He describes himself as “a musician with 21st century skills and 18th century attitudes” who continues the tradition of virtuoso composer/performers like Chopin, Paganini and Jimi Hendrix. As a performer, he is particularly known for his mastery of extended techniques on the flute and for the high intensity of his concerts. A highly versatile player, he performs Baroque and Classical repertoire as well as the avant-garde pieces he is famed for, and he has recorded the Telemann “Fantasies” for flute alone.

Holman, who served as principal cello with the Cedar Rapids Symphony in 2001-02, joined the Maia Quartet in the summer of 2002. Always an active chamber musician, she was a founding member of the Beaumont Piano Trio, performing recitals in several states, as well as on tour in England, and was a founding member of Quadrivium, a music ensemble in residence at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. As soloist she played with orchestras in Michigan, Virginia, and Georgia, and was invited to the Pablo Casals Cello competition in Germany and the Luis Sigall Cello Competition in Chile.

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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