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Release: April 25, 2003

La Fosse Leads Annual Mother's Day Concert In Museum of Art May 11

Leopold La Fosse will lead the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble in its annual Mother's Day concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art. The concert will be free and open to the public.

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 Mother's Day concert will feature five works, with a variety of soloists including UI faculty, students in the School of Music, and guests. The complete program will be:
-- J.S. Bach's Concerto in A minor for violin and orchestra, BWV 1041, with La Fosse as the soloist;
-- Bach's Concerto in D major for three violins and strings , BWV 1064, with student soloists Catherine Miller, Sarah Mimick and Evan Pratt;
-- the "Summer" concerto from Antonio Vivaldi's "Four Seasons", performed by graduate student Alla Cross, violin;
-- the 2nd and 3rd movements of Mozart's Violin Concerto no 4 in D major, K.218, with graduate student Stephen Shepherd, soloist; and
-- Mozart's cantata "Exultate, jubilate" for soprano and orchestra, K. 165/158a, with Nancy Hagan, soprano.

La Fosse founded the Baroque Ensemble 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.

At the UI he teaches violin and directs a group of students devoted to the performance of Baroque and early Classic music, the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble. He has also done extensive research in string pedagogy. He has twice been to Brazil as a Fulbright lecturer and returns annually to perform, teach and give master classes.

La Fosse 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.

Nancy Hagen is best known for her on-air work on the UI Public Radio station, WSUI/KSUI in Iowa City. An accomplished singer, she has appeared with the Quad City Mozart Festival, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Metropolitan Chorale, La Fosse Baroque Ensemble, early music ensemble Fiocchi di Granturco, UI Opera Theatre and UI Symphony.

A champion of new music, Hagen has premiered a number of works and appeared with the UI Center for New Music, Midwest Composers Symposium and the Iowa Composers Forum. Fond of musical theatre, she was most recently seen as Kate in the Iowa City Community Theatre production of "Kiss Me Kate" in 2002.

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

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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