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Sept. 3, 2004

Third Annual 'Cello Daze' Comes To UI Sept. 18-19

The Iowa Cello Society, a group organized by University of Iowa music faculty members Anthony Arnone and Hannah Holman, will hold its third annual "Cello Daze" weekend, featuring concerts, master classes, rehearsals, panel discussions and social events for members Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19 at the UI Voxman Music Building.

The 2004 "Cello Daze" will include two free public concerts:

-- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18: Cello Daze Chamber concert in Harper Hall; and

-- 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19: Cello Choir concert in Clapp Recital Hall.

The Saturday evening concert will feature Arnone and Holman, as well as guest cellists Mark Johnson and George Work, and other cellists from around the state. Because the performance will be shared among so many performers, Arnone said, the program will not be known until shortly before the concert.

The Iowa Cello Society was founded by Arnone and Homan in 2002, modeled on successful cello groups that had been organized in other areas. "We knew there was a huge cello community already in Iowa City and thought it would be wonderful to have an organization that could unify the cellists in the state," Arnone said. "Hannah grew up in Michigan where the Michiana Society has existed for many years. Our hope is to connect all the cellists in the state, be they teachers, performers or amateurs."

Now in his fourth 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.

Johnson teaches cello and chamber music at Northern Illinois University and is cellist with the Vermeer Quartet. He received his bachelor's degree and performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and his master's degree from the Catholic University of America, with post-graduate studies at Indiana University. A previous member of the Rochester Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony, he has performed with the Vermeer and as a guest soloist on all inhabited continents. He has recorded with the Vermeer and as a soloist on the Teldec, Orfeo, Cedille, Alden and CRI labels, including the complete Beethoven Quartet cycle and Haydn's "Seven Last Words of Christ," for which the Vermeer received a Grammy Award nomination.

Work is professor of cello at Iowa State University. He holds the bachelor's and master's degrees and the performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music. In 1981 he joined the Ames Piano Quartet, in residence at ISU. The quartet has released six critically acclaimed CD recordings and has appeared in concert throughout the United States and Canada. The group has also been featured on NPR's "Performance Today," WQXR's "The Listening Room," and has appeared on a special edition of "St. Paul Sunday" commemorating the 50th anniversary of WOI radio. The recipient of a 1983 NEA grant, the quartet has also been twice honored by ISU, first with the LAS Award for Excellence in 1993, and also with the University Award for Excellence in Creative Activity in 1999.

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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