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March 3, 2003

(Photo: Leopold La Fosse, a professor in the UI School of Music and director of the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble)

Baroque Ensemble Will Present Concertos March 11

The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music will be joined by several faculty soloists for a free program of Baroque concertos, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 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.

The March 11 concert will feature La Fosse and three other faculty members as soloists, as well as a graduate student soloist from the School of Music. The complete program will be:
-- the Bassoon Concerto in x minor by Antonio Vivaldi, with Benjamin Coelho, soloist;
-- J.S. Bach's "Double" Concerto in D minor, played by violin and oboe, with La Fosse and Mark Weiger as soloists; and
-- Vivaldi's "Winter" from the set of four violin concertos known as "The Seasons," with graduate student Alla Cross as soloist; and
-- Bach's Orchestra Suite No.. 2 in B minor, featuring solo flutist Robert Dick.

"Our program is intended as a mixture of styles and instrumental combinations, both of which we hope will be pleasurable to our audience," La Fosse said.

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.

Coelho has worked extensively as performer and teacher of bassoon, in both the United States and his native Brazil. He was a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, with whom he played a sold-out concert in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. The quintet won various chamber music competitions including Artists International, Coleman, and Monterey Peninsula chamber music competitions. As a soloist, Coelho has played recitals and concertos in Brazil, the United States, Canada and Portugal.

Since coming to Iowa in 1988 Weiger has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, Austria, France and Italy, presented two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, been a finalist in nine international competitions and won First Prize in the Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition (NY) Weiger is a founding member of the double reed quartet WiZARDS!, which has released three CDs to critical acclaim, toured 18 states and presented educational residence programs throughout the West and Midwest. As the first oboist to serve as an Artistic Ambassador through the U.S. Information Agency, Weiger performed recitals in Nepal, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan and Sri Lanka.

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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