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Release: March 26, 2003

Anthony Arnone Will Present Diverse Cello Recital At UI April 11

Anthony Arnone, cellist on the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music, will team up with pianist Christine Dore to present a varied program of music for cello and piano at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11 in Clapp Recital hall on the UI campus.

Their performance will be free and open to the public.

Arnone will perform works from the standard cello repertoire as well as compositions that are less familiar, even to other cellists. Two sonatas for cello and piano will bracket for the program, Beethoven's Sonata in A major, op. 69, and Richard Strauss' Sonata in F major, op. 6. Between these repertoire items will be two novelties, the "Pohadka" (Fairy tale) of Czech composer Leos Janacek and a cello arrangement of the "Suite populaire Espagnole" (Popular Spanish suite), originally composed as a collection of songs for voice and piano by Manuel de Falla.

"Christine Dore and I have known each other since 1987 when we were both at the New England Conservatory of Music," Arnone said. "We have played with each other over the years as a duo and in a piano trio. We played some of this music last year in New York and are thrilled to have a recital here to do some new music together as well as some of our old favorites.

"This program is very diverse and will include some music not as often played," Arnone acknowledged. "We will open with a standard, the Beethoven op. 69 sonata, which is Beethoven at his most glorious. From there, we will play some very engaging and colorful music by Janacek, which shows lots of rhythmic influences from the Czech language.

"The second half will include an arrangement of de Falla's 'Suite populaire Espagnole,' which is often played on violin or cello. It consists of six short songs, all with a strong Spanish feel.

"The last piece is the Sonata by Richard Strauss. There are joyous moments in this work that remind me of Strauss' opera 'Der Rosenkavalier,' with a waltz-like feel. In addition, the Sonata has is a very dark, tragic slow movement and a charming finale."

Now in his second year on the UI string faculty, Arnone is a founding member of the Meriden Trio and the Sedgwick String Quartet, which regularly performs at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. He was principal cellist of the Madison Symphony in Wisconsin 1996-2001, was a member of the Orchestra Philharmonique de Nice and the Wichita Symphony, and was principal cellist of the Spoleto Festival in Italy 1992-1997.

Arnone has taught master classes and performed across the country and currently teaches summers at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina and the Stonybrook Music Festival in New York. Before coming to the UI, he held a faculty position at Ripon College in Wisconsin where he taught cello and bass, music theory and chamber music, and conducted the orchestra.

Dore has received international acclaim as a chamber musician. She began her musical studies in England at the age of six and went on to earn a bachelors degree with honors from the New England Conservatory and a masters from the Mannes College of Music, where she attended on a full scholarship. She enjoys an active and varied career as a chamber musician, accompanist, soloist and teacher. She made her New York debut in 1996 as a collaborative pianist at Weill Recital Hall.

Dore has twice toured eastern Europe, including performances in Prague and the palace in Czesky Krumlov, an important musical center in the Czech Republic. She is the founder and artistic director of the Music At Greenlawn concert series and is a member of the chamber music faculties of the Stony Brook Summer Music Festival and the Pre-College music program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is a founding member of the chamber music group Chamberosity.

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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