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Sept. 29, 2005

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Cellist Anthony Arnone Will Be On Stage With His Cello And A Chair, Oct. 12

Cellist Anthony Arnone from the University of Iowa School of Music will play a solo cello recital -- "just me, my cello, and a chair out on stage!" he said -- at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Arnone, who joined the UI faculty in 2001, will play three works on the recital, including both well-known and not so well known pieces. The program will be:

--The Solo Sonata by George Crumb.

--Solo Suite by Spanish cellist/composer Gaspar Cassado.

--The Suite No. 6, in D major, S1012, by J.S. Bach.

"For years, I have wanted to do a solo cello program by memory," Arnone said recently. "I thought I would give it a try before I get too much older.

"This will be the seventh performance of this recital program, which features three of my favorite works for solo cello.

"The Crumb Sonata was written in 1955 so this is a 50th anniversary of sorts. The Cassado is very Spanish-sounding and evokes many rich images of far away exotic lands.

"Bach's Sixth Suite is one of the most wonderful pieces of music written for the cello. It is a piece I play often late at night in the privacy of my own home, but I have always wanted to experience what it feels like to play it in 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. They show an intimate understanding of the performance techniques and possibilities of the cello and at the same time maintain a high level of musical interest -- qualities that have made the solo suites an essential part of any cellist's education.

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.

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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