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Sept. 22, 2003

Iowa Cello Society Will Give Concerts Oct. 4-5 As Part Of Annual Gathering

The Iowa Cello Society, a group organized by University of Iowa music faculty members Anthony Arnone and Hannah Holman, will hold its second annual statewide gathering, featuring concerts, master classes, rehearsals, panel discussions and social events for members, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 4-5, at the UI Voxman Music Building.

Expanded from one to two days and now known as the society's annual "Cello Daze," the event will include two public concerts:
-- guest artists Felix Wang and Tanya Carey will give a recital of cello solos at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Harper Hall in the Voxman Music Building; and
-- a grand finale concert featuring cello ensembles extending from a trio to a cello choir of all Iowa Cello Society members, at 3 p.m. Sunday in the UI Clapp Recital Hall.

The first half of the Sunday afternoon concert will be devoted to small cello ensembles, including visiting performers, groups from the local community and a student ensemble form the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City.

For the second half of the concert, a cello choir comprising all attendees at "Cello Daze" will perform a series of new arrangements made for the occasion by Bernard Amrani, who teaches cello at the Preucil School. Ranging from serious classical music to light-hearted pops selections, Amrani's arrangements include the Adagietto from Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5, Lennon/McCartney's "Michelle," "The Parade of the Ewoks" from "Star Wars" by John Williams, and the "James Bond" theme by Monty Norman.

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.

Holman, who served as principal cello with the Cedar Rapids Symphony in 2001-02, joined the Maia Quartet in the summer of 2002. She is also assistant principal cello of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and the American Sinfonietta. Always an active chamber musician, she was a founding member of the Beaumont Piano Trio, performing recitals in several states, as well as on tour in England, and was a founding member of Quadrivium, a music ensemble in residence at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Wang teaches at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and plays in the Blair String Quartet. He has performed chamber music throughout the United States, including appearances at the String in the Mounains, Garth Newell, Roycroft and Music Mountain festivals. The winner of the National Arts and Letters Cello Competition, Richardson String Competition, ASTA String Award, he has played with the Iris Chamber Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

A graduate of the UI, Carey has presented master classes and concerts in the U.S. and many foreign counties. She was assistant principal cellist of the Milwaukee Symphony and made prize-winning recordings with the Rochester Philharmonic. She has presented concerts in Alice Tully and Carnegie Halls, performed as solist with orchestras and made two recordings with the Lydian Trio. She received her bachelor's and masters' degrees from Eastman and a doctorate from the UI. She recently retired from Western Illinois University

Born in Marseille, France, Amrani received highest honors from the Marseille Conservatory in music theory, orchestration, and chamber music. His diverse career has included conducting, composing, performing and teaching. He became professor of cello and director of the Orchestra of the Cite de la Musique of Marseille beginning in 1986. He was also a tenured Professor at the Ecole de Musique de Cabries, where he taught cello and chamber music and created the cello orchestra "Cellophonia."

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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