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Nov. 5, 2003

Violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel Collaborates On Concert Of String Duos Nov. 10

Violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel will extend her record of bringing under-represented chamber music works into the repertoire and before the public with a University of Iowa faculty/guest chamber concert at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

Vogel, a member of the UI School of Music faculty who by now has a well established reputation for exploring fascinating and little-known regions of the classical-music world, will be joined by two friends who performed with her at the UI last Spring: violist Aaron Janse from the Minnesota Orchestra and cellist Joel Becktell of the Austin (Texas) Symphony.

The combination of violin, viola and cello automatically rules out any of the major chamber music genres -- string quartet and piano trio, for example. And while there are a few string trios in the repertoire, the program in fact will be limited to duos of various combinations -- with Janse doubling on violin -- plus one familiar work for solo cello nestled among the more unusual works.

The complete program will be:
-- Duo Concertante No. 1 for two violins by Charles August de Beriot;
-- the Suite No. 2 for in D major solo cello by J.S. Bach;
-- the Hungarian Folk Melodies for violin and cello by Bela Bartok;
-- Duo "mit obligaten Augenglaesern" ("with obbligato eye-glasses") for viola and cello by Beethoven; and
-- Johann Halvorsen's Passacaglia for violin and cello.

Janse joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1997. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees at the Juilliard School of Music, where he studied with three legendary teachers, violin with Joel Smirnoff and Dorothy Delay, and chamber music with Felix Galimir. At Juilliard he served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra and as a teaching fellow for DeLay.

He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Kennedy Center's Concert Hall and Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. His recent performances include chamber music concerts with Gil Shaham at the Aspen Music Festival and Cincinnati's Linton Series, as well as participating at the Las Vegas Music Festival as performer and faculty member.

A native of New Mexico, Becktell is an honors graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he received first prize in cello performance. He has been a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nicols Quartet and the Moveable Feast chamber ensemble. He is currently principal cellist with the Austin Symphony and the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. He also appears at the Victoria Bach Festival, and teaches and performs at the Las Vegas Music Festival.

Becktell has also pursued his abiding interests in photography and radio production. He has been on the staffs of radio stations WBFO and WNED in Buffalo, New York, and has been published as a photographer and writer in various publications. In 1995 he co-founded Becktell-Blackerby, a nationally recognized shop specializing in the sale and maintenance of violin family instruments, bows and accessories.

Vogel joined the UI faculty in January 1999 and was artistic director of Magisterra, the UI international festival of chamber music, in 2000 and 2001. She has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, playing as a soloist with orchestra, a solo recitalist and a chamber musician. She has appeared at the Aspen, Ravinia, Chautauqua, Menuhin and Schleswig-Holstein festivals, among others.

Vogel began studying the violin with her father at the age of 4. She was admitted to the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen, Germany, when she was 11, one of the youngest students ever admitted to the school, and played her solo debut at the Dusseldorf, Germany, Tonhalle (Concert hall) when she was 12. She continued studies with many of the leading violinists in Europe and America, including the famed violin teacher Dorothy DeLay at the University of Southern California. She received a degree with highest honors in violin solo and chamber music from the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen and an Artist Diploma from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.

At the recommendation of the Tokyo String Quartet Vogel was appointed artist in residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she taught on the faculty and was a member of the Monticello Trio. She has recorded on the Harmonia Mundi, Cybele and Highland labels, including music by Beethoven, Khachaturian, Smetana, Ravel, Richard Strauss and Alfred Schnittke.

Vogel's most recent CD recordings include "Strings Attached," a violin-cello duo CD of works by Fiorillo. Pleyel, Sibelius, Gliere; "Recital" with pianist Ulrich Hofmann with sonatas and pieces by Brahms, Enesco, Lutoslawksi and Reger; and "Hans Gal Chamber Music," including the Violin Sonata and Cello Sonata. All recordings are released on the Cybele label. An upcoming release in the spring will be dedicated to women composers: Louise Farrenc, Lili Boulanger and Pauline Viardot.

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