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Oct. 31, 2003

Arnone, Tsachor Will Play All-Mendelssohn Program Nov. 16

Cellist Anthony Arnone and pianist Uriel Tsachor, faculty from the University of Iowa School of Music, will present an all-Mendelssohn program -- playing all of the music Mendelssohn wrote for cello and piano -- at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their UI faculty recital will be free and open to the public.

Mendelssohn is among the best known and most often played composers of the 19th century, and both Arnone and Tsachor had played his Sonata No. 2 in D major for cello and piano, although not together. So when they found themselves putting together a faculty recital at the UI, it was natural for them to start with a piece they both knew.

But neither of them had played any of Mendelssohn's other three pieces for cello and piano -- the relatively early "Variations concertantes" in D major, the Sonata No. 1 in B-flat major and a relatively late "Song Without Words."

"Uriel and I were musically introduced to each other two years ago while playing most of the Beethoven Piano trios," Arnone said. "Last spring, he approached me to see if I was interested in playing the complete works of Mendelssohn for cello and piano. I was thrilled at the idea.

"I am a big fan of Mendelssohn and love his youthful passion that seems to permeate all of his music. It's often very hard to tell at what period he wrote his music as it all seems to have the energy of someone who is in the process of discovering the joys of life for the first time. The music for cello and piano is no exception."

Now in his third 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.

Uriel Tsachor joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in the fall of 1988. A Steinway artist, Tsachor was a winner of the Bosendorfer Empire International Competition in 1986 and the Busoni Competition in 1985, and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in 1983. He is a graduate of the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and the Juilliard School in New York. He has performed as a soloist in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, New York, Chicago, Vienna, Paris and other cities around the world.

Tsachor has performed with the Israel Philharmonic by invitation from Zubin Mehta. He has also appeared as soloist with the New York City Symphony, the Teatro La Fenice Symphony in Venice and the National Orchestra of Belgium, among others. He has performed both live and in recordings for radio and television stations in Israel, Europe and the United States, and he has made 18 recordings for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC, DIVOX, Olympia and EMS labels. In November 1999 the Paris-based label CALLIOPE released a two-CD set of the complete violin and piano sonatas and arrangements by Brahms, featuring Tsachor and violinist Andrew Hardy.

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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