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April 22, 2005

Classical WolfGang Will Play At UI May 8

The WolfGang, a sextet of musicians from the Twin Cities who perform music of Mozart and other composers from the Classical era on period instruments, will give a free concert at the University of Iowa, at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building.

The concert is jointly sponsored by the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society.

The program for the concert will be:

-- the Quartet in A major for flute, violin, viola and cello, K298, by W.A. Mozart;

-- the Quartet in Bb major for oboe, violin, viola and cello by Johann Christian Bach;

-- Sonata No. 2 in G major, op. 2, for violin, viola and cello by Joseph Gehot, a little known Belgian musician who emigrated to the United States in 1792 and participated in the musical life of New York and Philadelphia;

-- the Quartet in A minor for flute, violin, viola and fortepiano, Wq93, by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach; and

-- the Quintet in C major, op. 11 no. 1 for flute, oboe, violin, viola and bass by J.C. Bach.

The WolfGang came about in 1996 as a collaboration among a number of prominent Twin City musicians who desired to perform music from the Classical era on period instruments. Oboist Stanley King, then serving as artist-in-residence at the Schubert Club, invited violinist Mary Sorlie, cellist Laura Handler, fortepianist Gail Olszewski and flutist Paul Jacobson to join him in a performance of a quintet by Johann Christian Bach at a Courtroom Concert in St. Paul. The performance at the Landmark Center was a great success.

The event was so satisfying that the five musicians decided to form an ensemble to explore the early classical. They invited violist Steven Staruch to join them and thus the WolfGang was born. Performances by the WolfGang have included appearances at the Schubert Club's Courtroom Concerts, the St. Paul Early Music Series, Northwestern College Faculty Artists Series, Minnesota Music Teachers Convention 2003 and a number of churches in the Twin Cities.

Handler is an internationally active orchestra and chamber musician. While she was a member of the National Symphony of Costa Rica she also taught cello at the national university. She currently maintains a private teaching studio while serving as principal cellist of Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Nautilus Music Theatre, Les Favorites Baroque Ensemble in Eau Claire, Wis., and Haydn by the Lake in Chicago.

A co-founder and principal flutist of Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Jacobson has also had a multi-faceted performing career. Known for his expertise on the baroque and classical flute, he has been heard in venues from Milwaukee to Madrid. He is currently vice president of Early Music America.

A former faculty member of the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College in Ohio and currently at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, King is a well-known performer around the world. He can be heard on recordings with major early-music ensembles: the Academy of Ancient Music in London, Tafelmusik in Toronto, Concentus Musicus in Vienna and the Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco.

Olszewski has performed internationally, most recently in Australia. In the Midwest, she has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and the Minnesota Orchestra. She recently received her doctorate in Accompanying/Coaching at the University of Minnesota and is now on the faculty of the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.

Sorlie is a freelance performer/teacher in the Twin Cities. She is a frequent guest conductor and string clinician in the Midwest and is conductor for the Suzuki Chamber Orchestra at MacPhail Center for Music. A founder of the Northwestern College Orchestra where she taught for 18 years, she is currently on the board of directors of Minnesota String and Orchestra Teachers Association.

Staruch is active as a violist with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra and as a freelance performer. He is also a tenor and has sung and recorded with the Dale Warland Singers and has been a member of the Minnesota Opera Chorus. He is also a host and producer for Minnesota Public Radio.

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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