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University of Iowa News Release

March 23, 2004

Playing Recorder, Harpsichord and Accordion, Guest Musicians Visit UI April 1-7

An unusual combination of guest musicians -- recorder player David Bellugi, harpsichordist Peter Kairoff and accordion player Ivan Battiston -- will team up to present music ranging from Baroque to Klezmer to improvisation, in a series of concerts, workshops and other events, April 1-7 on the University of Iowa campus.

Bellugi and Battiston teach at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory in Florence, Italy, and Kairoff is on the faculty of Wake Forest University.

There will be two major concerts during the three artists' visit to Iowa City. Both concerts are free and open to the public:

-- At 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building, Bellugi and Kairoff will present a concert of Baroque music for recorder and harpsichord. The concert, sponsored by the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society and the UI School of Music, will feature sonatas by Georg Philipp Telemann and Baldassare Galuppi.

-- At 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 4, at Trinity Episcopal Church at 320 East College St. in Iowa City, Bellugi and Battiston will present a remarkably varied concert of music for recorder and accordion. The program will include Eastern European dances, music by Astor Piazzola, arrangements of music by J.S Bach and Vivaldi, and an improvisation by Bellugi and Battiston. This performance is sponsored by the UI Year of the Arts and Humanities.

Other activities during the week will include an adult recorder workshop presented by Bellugi from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Trinity Episcopal Church. Further information and registration for the workshop is available by e-mail at

Bellugi and Battiston will also present a music program Friday, April 1, following Friday services at Agudas Achim Congregation in Iowa City, and they will visit Iowa City elementary schools to talk about their music April 4-7.

Bellugi has performed solo recitals and concerts world wide. His engagements in the 2004-2005 seasons include appearances in Australia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and the United States. Bellugi has a bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Diego, where he studied with flutist Bernhardt-Ambros Batschelet, the composers Robert Erickson and Bernard Rands, harpsichordist Anthony Newman, conductor Thomas Nee and double bass player Bertram Turetzky. In the late 1970's, he went to Paris where he studied interpretation with harpsichordist Antoine Geoffroy-Dechaume, a student of Early Music pioneer Arnold Dolmetsch. More information can be fond at

Kairoff received master's and doctoral degrees in music performance from the University of Southern California. He also studied in Italy for two years as a Fulbright Scholar and Rotary International Fellow. He has performed internationally as pianist and harpsichordist. His recordings of late-19th-century American music have also received enthusiastic reviews from the Washington Post, Fanfare and other publications. In addition to teaching and performing, he also is director of the Wake Forest campus in Venice, Italy, where he spends two months each year. More information can be found at

Battiston received his degree in accordion performance at the conservatory of Castlefranco Veneto with highest honors. In 1978 he won the first prize at the XXVIII Trophee Mondial de l'Accordion (Pula), after which he also obtained conservatory degrees in choral music and bassoon as well as continuing his studies in music composition. He has performed in recitals in France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Yugosloavia, Finland, Holland and Brazil, and as soloist with several European orchestras. In 1993 Battiston won the second prize at the Rome International Competition of Humorous Music.

UI President David Skorton's determination to increase public awareness and support of the rich tradition of arts and humanities on campus and throughout Iowa led him to declare academic year 2004-2005 the Year of Arts and Humanities, a time to celebrate that rich tradition and forge cultural linkages between the academic community and communities around the state. The Year of the Arts and Humanities is supported by the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice-president for Research and the Graduate College.

The musicians' visit to Iowa City is supported by the UI School of Music, the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, the UI Year of the Arts and Humanities and the Agudas Achim Congregation. Support for Bellugi and Battiston's teaching activities also comes from the Iowa Arts Council through their Arts in Education program.

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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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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