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Sept. 24, 2004

Photo: Anthony Arnone, cellist from the University of Iowa School of Music faculty

Oct. 10 Cello Marathon Features Bach To Bach Suites With A Twist

Hannah Holman and Anthony Arnone, husband-and-wife cellists from the University of Iowa School of Music faculty, will present a "Bach Cello Suite Marathon" -- performances of all six Bach suites for solo cello, in new arrangements for two players -- at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their marathon concert -- performances of all six suites generally take about 3 hours, plus intermission -- will be free and open to the public.

Bach's six suites for solo cello, composed around 1720, are the earliest works to earn a permanent place in the virtuoso cello repertoire. At that time there was already a long tradition of unaccompanied pieces for stringed instruments, but Bach far surpassed his predecessors. His works not only show an intimate understanding of the performance techniques and possibilities of each instrument, but they also maintain a high level of musical interest, while covering a wide range of rhythmic styles and expressive possibilities -- qualities that have made the solo suites an essential part of any cellist's education.

The two-cello versions of the solo suites were created by Arnone as a teaching aid. "Over the past few years, I have been promoting my new Bach edition which has a second 'continuo' cello part that helps show the harmonic intent and motion of the suites," he said. "It's mostly to be used as a teaching aid, but also works nicely in concert.

"Hannah and I love to play together and this is a great opportunity to play the six suites with a twist. I have presented this edition around the country with much success. And, while I don't presume to improve on Bach at all, most people have found it exciting and helpful to hear the continuo part with the solo part."

For the Oct. 10 concert, Arnone will play the solo part on the first, third and sixth suites, and Holman will play the solo part on the second, fourth and fifth Suites.

"There will be a dessert break between the fourth and fifth suites, and we are hoping to have this be a fund raiser towards a cello scholarship here at the UI," Arnone said.

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.

Holman, who served as principal cello with the Cedar Rapids Symphony in 2001-02, joined the Maia Quartet at the UI in the summer of 2002. She is also assistant principal cello of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra and the American Sinfonietta, She began her professional career in England, playing with the English String Orchestra under Yehudi Menuhin and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle.

On returning to the United States Holman became principal cello of the Jackson (Mich.) Symphony and assistant principal of the Greater Lansing Symphony and Michigan Chamber Orchestra. She also was assistant principal of the Richmond (Va.) Symphony.

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. As soloist she played with orchestras in Michigan, Virginia and Georgia, and was invited to the Pablo Casals Cello competition in Germany and the Luis Sigall Cello Competition in Chile.

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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