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Feb. 18, 2005

Violist Nathalie Cruden Will Give UI Guest Concert March 5

Nathalie Cruden, principal violist of the Cedar Rapids Symphony and an Iowa City  native, will be joined by cellist Adam Satinksy and pianist Patrice Ewoldt in a University of Iowa School of Music guest concert, at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 5 in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Their concert will be free and open to the public.

The program will feature the three performers playing together as a trio, as well as solo sonatas for both viola and cello with piano. The complete program will be:

-- Cruden's arrangement for viola, cello and piano of the "Fandango" from the Guitar Quintet No. 4 of Luigi Boccherini;

-- J.S. Bach's Sonata No. 1 in G major for viola da gamba, performed by all three players in a trio arrangement by Cruden;

-- Satinsky and Ewoldt playing the Sonata in A major for cello and piano, op. 69, by Ludwig van Beethoven; and

-- Cruden and Ewoldt playing the Sonata for viola and piano, op. 147, by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Cruden grew up in Iowa City and began at the Preucil School of Music. She received her bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music and studied chamber music with the Cleveland Quartet. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the Heidelberg Schloss-Festpiele, the Quartet Program and Piccolo Spoleto.

Cruden was a founding member of the Eastman Baroque Strings, a quintet that gave performances with Karl Haas and Paul O'dette. She also performed extensively with Musica Nova, the new music ensemble at the Eastman School of Music, and with the UI Center for New Music at the UI. She has played with the Charleston Symphony, the Savannah Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony. This year she has played with the Minnesota Orchestra as a section substitute. She is currently an adjunct musical associate at Grinnell College.

Ewoldt joined the faculty of Grinnell College in the fall. She teaches studio piano and keyboard labs and coordinates the collaborative piano program. She was previously on the music faculties of Truman State University and Southeast Missouri State University. She holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland and a master's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, both in collaborative piano, and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa.

Adam Satinsky, currently the principal cellist with the Naples (Florida) Philharmonic Orchestra, began his cello studies at age six. When he was 12 he won the concerto competition at the Interlochen National Music Camp. The next year he attended the Peabody Preparatory at the Johns Hopkins University, where he received chamber music coaching from Earl Carlyss of the Juilliard String Quartet. He was principal chair of the Peabody Institute Chamber Orchestra, performing a concerto with them shortly before beginning undergraduate work at the Eastman School of Music.

Satinsky received a bachelor's degree and Performer's Certificate from Eastman and in his senior year won first prize at the American String Teachers Association national competition. He studied with Janos Starker at Indiana University, where he earned an Artist's Diploma and won the concerto competition. He also performed at Merkin Hall with the IU New Music Ensemble and attended the Marlboro Music Festival for two summers.

Satinsky has held the principal cello position in the Charleston Symphony and played summers at the Grand Teton, Bellingham and Colorado Music Festivals. He has been featured as a recitalist on concert series in Vermont, New York, and this past September in Gaithersburg, Md. Satinsky has served as the principal cellist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra since 1997.

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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