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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 26, 2004

Photos (from top): Internationally renowned recorder player David Bellugi and classical accordionist Ivano Battiston

KSUI, Area Businesses And The Iowa Arts Council Present Concert March 8

KSUI Classical Radio, area businesses and the Iowa Arts Council will present a free, public concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 8 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 East College St. in Iowa City. The concert will feature internationally renowned recorder player David Bellugi and classical accordionist Ivano Battiston. Both Bellugi and Battiston teach at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Music in Florence, Italy.

The concert, titled "Dialogo della Musica Antica et della Moderna," will feature repertoire ranging from Vivaldi to Klezmer dances and including traditional and contemporary works that will appeal to many audiences. The title of the program is taken from a musicological treatise written in 1581 by Vincenzo Galilei, father of Galileo Galilei.

Co-sponsors of the "Dialogo" project include the Iowa Arts Council, Courtly Ayres (Iowa City recorder group), Trinity Episcopal Church, Eble Music Company, Margaret Hansen, D.C. of Chiropractice in Wellman, and Susan Dale Wall M.D.

Nancy Hagen, KSUI producer and project coordinator, says KSUI volunteer Nona France, a member of Courtly Ayres, brought Bellugi and Battiston to the station's attention and wrote the grant for the Iowa Arts Council matching funds which will help sponsor presentations by Bellugi and Battiston to third and fourth graders at Lemme, Hoover and Wood elementary in Iowa City. "Often, the recorder is the first instrument a child will learn to play so we are excited to incorporate an educational component into Bellugi and Battiston's visit," Hagen said.

In addition to elementary school outreach, Bellugi and Battiston will hold an adult recorder workshop from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at Trinity Episcopal Church. For registration information, contact Nona France via email at

In an effort to further increase access to the recorder and accordion duo, KSUI will feature Bellugi and Battiston in conversation with Hagen during her Morning Program at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 8. The station will also broadcast the concert during Know the Score at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 4, with a rebroadcast at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. Tune into KSUI at 91.7 FM in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids and at 101.7 FM in Dubuque. KSUI also streams its programming on the Web at

Bellugi has a B.A. in applied musicology which he received summa cum laude from the University of California at San Diego. As a soloist, Bellugi has performed with many orchestras across the world, while many noted composers have all dedicated musical compositions to Bellugi. He also has recorded soundtracks for film music written by Italian composer Ennio Morricone and by American composer Michael Galasso. Bellugi lives in Florence, Italy where he has been professor of recorder at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory of Music since 1979.

Bellugi says he and Battison perform well together. "Audiences have been equally surprised and seeing their smiles has given us further joy in performing together," he says. "At our first concert the audience wouldn't let us go, and insisted on one encore after another. So many that the encores ended up being almost as long as the concert itself!"

Battiston is professor of accordion at the Cherubini Conservatory of Music in Florence, Italy. Since 1995 Mr. Battiston has appeared in duo with cellist Mario Brunello: their recording of "Sieben Worte" for cello, accordion and strings for Fonit Cetra was acclaimed as one of the five most significant recordings of 20th century music to have been released in 1997.

STORY SOURCE: University News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; Program: Nancy Hagen, KSUI, 319-335-5730