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March 26, 2004

Iowa Cello Society Presents Lecture-Recital April 10

The Iowa Cello Society, a statewide organization organized and coordinated by faculty from the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a lecture-recital, "The Cello Compositions of Rudolf Matz: An Integration of Musicianship and Technique," at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 10 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

A native of Croatia in the former Yugoslavia, Matz was widely admired as cellist and teacher. Cellist Leonard Rose called him "perhaps the greatest cello theoretician in the world."

Matz graduated from the Zagreb Academy of Music in 1926. He became professor of cello at the University of Zagreb in 1950 and continued in the position until his retirement in 1972. At the time of his death in 1988 he had written more than 500 works for cello, including the monumental 40-volume "First Years of Violoncello," considered the most comprehensive monument of cello teaching ever written.

The lecture recital will feature a number Matz's works, performed by UI doctoral student David Evenchick, whose doctoral research on Matz is the basis for the program, with graduate student Catalina Teican, piano.

Evenchick and Teican will be assisted by members of the Iowa Cello Society, including UI faculty members Anthony Arnone and Hannah Holman; former UI cello professor Charles Wendt; UI alumnus Carey Bostian, principal cello of the Cedar Rapids Symphony and conductor of the Iowa City Community String Orchestra; UI alumnus James Ellis, associate principal cello of the Cedar Rapids Symphony and member of the Quad City Symphony; other UI alumni, current students of the UI School of Music and other cellists from around Iowa.

Works will range from solos to pieces for cello choir. In keeping with the lecture-recital format, they will be grouped by teaching principles, including "Of Harmonic Color," "Of Function and Form" and "Of Flexibility in Pulse, Rhythm and Meter." The final portion of the program, "Of Ensemble Playing," will feature the full choir of the ICS, directed by Arnone.

The Iowa Cello Society (ICS) was organized in 2002 by Arnone and Holman, as a way to connect cellists across the state, including teachers, performers, students and amateur players. The ICS has sponsored two statewide meetings, both held on the UI campus.

Evenchick is a doctoral candidate at the UI, where he studies with Arnone. He is a graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, the Victoria (British Columbia) Conservatory and Western Illinois University. He has headed the cello area of the Preucil School of Music since 1994 and taught at Grinnell College Since 1992.

Teican holds degrees from the University of Music in Bucharest and Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She is a prize winner of the Dinu Lippatti and Mihail Jora international competitions and the Concerto Competition at Bowling Green. Teican is currently pursuing her doctorate at the UI School of Music, studying with Uriel Tsachor.

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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