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Feb. 12, 2004

Keyboard Artist Huckleberry Presents Solo/Chamber Concert Feb. 23 At UI

Pianist and harpsichordist Alan Huckleberry, who joined the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music in the fall of 2003, will present a concert of both solo works and chamber music at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Appearing with Huckleberry will be flutist Nicole Esposito, a guest of the School of Music, and cellist Anthony Arnone, a member of the music faculty. Their recital will be free and open to the public.

A versatile artist, Huckleberry will perform music from the Baroque era to the 20th century. This wide reach will be displayed in the first two works on the program, both solo pieces for harpsichord: a set of keyboard sonatas by 18th-century composer Domenico Scarlatti, followed by "Continuum," a 1968 composition by Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti.

For the chamber music portion of the program, Huckleberry and Arnone will play Beethoven's Sonata in D major for cello and piano, op. 102 no. 2; and Huckleberry and Esposito will play the "Chant de Linos" for flute and piano by Andre Jolivet.

Huckleberry will close the concert with Sergei Prokofiev's Sonata No.7 for piano, op.83.

"The program marks my first 'solo' program at the UI," Huckleberry commented. "As I am visiting faculty in both piano pedagogy and collaborative arts, I thought it would nice to combine both solo and chamber music.

"I am especially happy to present a short view into the world of harpsichord, both the old -- Scarlatti -- and the new -- Ligeti. I feel the harpsichord is underappreciated and has its own charm and beauty part from the style or period of the music.

"Collaborating with Arnone has been a wonderful experience, because he brings such a great sense of beauty and intelligence to the Beethoven sonata.

"And I am particularly happy to be sharing this performance with Nicole Esposito, who is not only a fantastic flutist, but also my wife. 'Chant de Linos' is one of the pillars in the 20th-century flute repertoire, featuring both instruments equally, thus creating a true musical relationship.

"I will end with Prokofiev's 7th Sonata, the middle of the three so-called 'War Sonatas.' The seventh was interpreted by Stalin as the depiction of the German army invading Russia, and the triumph by the Russians. This interpretation allowed the sonata to be immediately successful. It can be argued that this was not Prokofiev's intent, especially since he composed it before Russia entered World War II, but I do think that it is a wonderful story of good against evil, with good prevailing in the end."

Huckleberry is an active solo pianist and chamber musician. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and the United States. He is also a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including the first prizes in the German National Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition.

As a chamber musician Huckleberry was the featured pianist at flutist Amy Porter's 2003 summer workshop at the University of Michigan. For the past three summers he has been the faculty chamber music coordinator and faculty pianist for the University of Michigan's All-State program at Interlochen. Prior to his appointment this fall at the UI, Huckleberry taught at the Cologne Conservatory in Germany, the University of Michigan, and at Albion College in Michigan.

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.

Esposito is currently the principal flute of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and also performs with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. As an orchestral musician, she has performed under some of the worlds leading conductors, including James Conlon, David Zinman, Gunther Schuller, Robert Spano and Andrew Litton. She has been the Piccolo Fellow for the Aspen Music Festival and also principal flute of the Ohio Light Opera, where she can be heard on three recordings by Albany Records. Other summer festivals she has participated in include the Brevard Music Center and the National Orchestral Institute.

Esposito was the first piccolo player ever admitted to compete in the prestigious Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition, and has also been a finalist in the National Flute Associations Piccolo Artist Competition. Recently she won the Mathilda Heck Woodwind Award at the WAMSO Competition, sponsored by the WAMSO Minnesota Orchestra Volunteers Association in Minneapolis. She has a bachelors degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where she won first prize in the 2001 Concerto Competition, and she recently completed her masters degree at the University of Michigan.

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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