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Sept. 16, 2004

Oct. 2 UI Chamber Concert Is 'More Fun Than Work,' Orhon Says

Double bass player Volkan Orhon says it was "more fun than work" preparing for his upcoming University of Iowa faculty recital -- a chamber concert with several of his UI faculty colleagues and friends -- at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

Orhon played a similar chamber concert with other UI faculty last fall. "I have been trying to present the double bass in a chamber music setting in these concerts as a tradition for two years now," he said.

But this is more difficult for double bass than for other stringed instruments, because it does not appear in any of the standard chamber music configurations -- string trios and quartets, or strings with piano. Consequently, bass players have to make their own opportunities to play chamber music, often by adapting works written for other low-voiced instruments. This Orhon has done, by taking over parts originally written for cello or bassoon.

"This concert features the talents of UI School of Music faculty not just in the string area, but woodwinds and keyboard as well," he said. "The music spans the Baroque to 19th-century styles.

"I've always loved collaborating with other musicians in a chamber music setting, and I think this concert has been more fun than work for all of us. I think the audience greatly enjoy the diversity of the music and players throughout the concert."

The complete program will be:

--J.S. Bach's Trio Sonata No. 3 in G Major, performed with Mark Weiger, oboe, and Delbert Disselhorst, harpsichord.

--Reinhold Gliere's Duo for violin and cello, performed with Katherine Wolfe, violin.

--J.S. Bach's Three-Part Inventions 9, 10 and 11, performed with Wolfe, violin, and Christine Rutledge, viola.

--Luigi Boccherini's Sextet for horn and string quintet, performed with Kristin Thelander, horn, Wolfe and Lisa Merrill, violins, Rutledge, viola, and Anthony Arnone, cello.

--Julius Weissenborn's "Kleine Suite" for three bassoons, performed with Benjamin Coelho and Susan Orhon, bassoons.

Orhon's professional career spans a wide variety of solo, orchestral and chamber music performing and teaching across the country and around the world. He has played with internationally recognized musicians including double bassist Gary Karr and the Emerson String Quartet. He has performed as soloist with orchestras across the country.

In addition to his solo playing, he has been a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Connecticut Opera Orchestra and a freelance musician throughout New England. He recently completed a European tour with the Fazil Say and Kudsi Erguner Jazz Quartet, performing at the Montreux, Paris, Antibes, Montpellier, Istanbul and Izmir jazz festivals.

Orhon was a finalist and prize-winner in the Concert Artists Guild Solo Competition in New York City, and was the co-first place winner of the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. He was the first double bass player ever to win the Grand Prize overall and first prize for double bass at the American String Teachers Association Solo Competition.

Orhon joined the UI faculty in the fall of 2002. During the summer he teaches at the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vermont. He is a D'Addario Diamond Performing Artist, and performs exclusively on D'Addario Strings.

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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