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Nov. 4, 2005

Guest Artists Will Perform New Music For Flute And Piano Nov. 15

Flutist Kimberly McCoul Risinger, a faculty member at Illinois State University and principal flutist for the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, will present a guest recital at the University of Iowa with pianist Allison Brewster Franzetti at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Their performance will be free and open to the public.

The program for their recital features new works for flute and piano, most composed in the past 10 years, including works written specifically for Risinger. They will play six pieces:

-- Sonata Fantasy for flute and piano, composed in 1996 by Matthew Halper;

-- David Maslanka's Duo for flute and piano;

-- "Black Anemones" from 1991 by Joseph Schwantner;

-- "Anim Z'mirot" (I make sweet songs), a flute-and-piano arrangement of Halper's setting of a lesser-known Hebrew prayer for voice and piano;

-- "Achat Sha'alti" by Paul Schoenfield; and

-- the Sonata for flute and piano from 1993 by Samuel Zyman.

Halper's Sonata Fantasy for flute and piano was written for Risinger, who premiered the piece at the National Flute Association Conference in 1997. It is an expansive single-movement work that takes the "Fantasy" of its title from its engagement with Richard Wagner's music drama "Tristan und Isolde." The references to the opera take many forms from near-literal quotations to veiled allusions to Wagner's harmony and melodic style.

Maslanka's Duo is in six sections with a coda. The composer explains that "three of these sections bear the heading 'a mystery,' referring in whatever way to the great mysteries of the universe and of life."

Schwantner's "Black Anemones" was originally composed in 1980 as one of the "Two Poems of Agueda Pizarro" for soprano and piano, later incorporated into the orchestral song cycle "magabunda" of 1983. Pizarro's poetry has evoked music from Schwantner that ranges from the nightmarish to the tenderly lyrical, with "Black Anemones" representing the latter.

Zyman's Sonata for flute and piano combines passionate intensity in the virtuosic outer movements with reflective and gentle lyricism in the middle movement. The composer wrote, "The main points I would want any flutist to understand are that my sonata should be played with gusto, imagination, flair and intense involvement."

An advocate of contemporary music, Risinger has played concerts throughout the United States and abroad, often presenting world premieres of new works written for and dedicated to her. In recent years, she performed the U.S. premiere of Samuel Zyman's Concerto for flute and orchestra, the world premiere of Frank Levy's "Apostrophe" for solo flute, Halper's Sonata for flute and piano at the National Flute Association Convention and Stephen Taylor's "Seven Microverses" for flute and guitar at the international conference Musical Intersections in Toronto, Canada.

She has received acclaim as a soloist and an ensemble musician. A versatile and very busy performer, she is principal flutist of the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song Opera Orchestra, and is a member of the Sonneries Woodwind Quintet, the Linden Flute and Guitar Duo and the ensemble Difference Tones. She recently performed and recorded with the Chicago Jazz Symphony and has also performed with the Ohio Light Opera and the Washington Bach Sinfonia, among other groups.

Risinger made her solo recital debut in Carnegie Hall in June of 2003, and a Chicago solo debut as part of the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in March, 2003. She performed a solo recital in Lincoln Center's Merkin Hall in June and soloed at the National Flute Association Convention in Nashville, Tenn., in August 2004. In the spring of 2005 she performed in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in New York City, premiering a new concerto written for and dedicated to her by Matthew Halper.

The recipient of many awards and grants, Risinger won first prize in the 1996 Mid-Atlantic Young Artist Competition and was a prize winner in the Myrna Brown International Competition and the 2003 National Mid-America Chamber Music Competition. She was awarded the Illinois State University Research Initiative Award, the College of Fine Arts Teaching Initiative Award, the College of Fine Arts Research Initiative Award, the Student's Choice Award for the Most Outstanding Faculty Member, and has been nominated for the 2006 College Research Award.

A multiple Grammy nominee, Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Versatile in many musical genres, her performances range from early music to world premieres of contemporary music. Her solo performances have included her critically acclaimed debuts at Merkin Hall in New York and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina; her recital debut at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London; and tours throughout the US, Mexico, Europe, Argentina and Japan.

She is the piano soloist on the soundtrack of the French/Spanish film, "Dans le rouge du couchant," currently showing in Europe. She performed by invitation at the Campeche Festival in Mexico in December 2004, and for the opening of the International Festival of Music at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires in July 2003. She has also been a guest artist with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Long Island Philharmonic, the English Sinfonia and the Denver Symphony, among others.

Franzetti received Grammy nominations for "Poeta de Arrabal" on Amapola Records for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2003; and for "Tango Bar" on Chesky Records for Best Tango Album in 2002. Premier Recordings released her first solo CD, "South American Landscapes." Other solo CDs include "Scriabin/Ravel/deFalla" on Amapola Records and "The Unknown Piazzolla" on Chesky Records. Also available on Amapola Records is her world-premiere recording of Carlos Franzetti's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Janacek Philharmonic. She is a featured soloist on the 2001 Latin Grammy Award Winner, "Tango Fatal" on Amapola Records, "Images Before Dawn -- Symphonic Music of Carlos Franzetti" on Premier Recordings, and the 1997 Grammy Award Winner, "Portraits of Cuba" on Chesky Records. She has also recorded Latin American and English chamber music for the Musical Heritage Society.

Franzetti was appointed affiliate artist in piano and chamber music at Kean University in Union, N.J., in 2001 and was elected to the honor society Phi Kappa Phi in 2002. Kean University awarded her its first Graduate Commencement Performing Artist Award in 2003. Franzetti serves as a member of the board of directors for ArtPride, an organization that advocates for arts funding throughout the State of New Jersey.

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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