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April 3, 2006

Guest Artist's Public Recital Will Be Part Of Iowa Flute Festival April 15

The University of Iowa School of Music will host the 2006 Iowa Flute Festival on Saturday, April 15. The festival, featuring music reading sessions, flute competitions and panel discussions, will extend from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with a free public recital by the featured guest artist, flutist Leone Buyse, at 3 p.m. in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

While the recital is open to the public free of charge, other events during the festival are only open to registered participants. The festival coordinator is Tamara Thweatt, who teaches flute as a member of the UI School of Music faculty.

Buyse, who is Mullen Professor of Flute and Chamber Music at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, will perform with her husband and fellow Rice University faculty member, clarinetist Michael Webster, and pianist Alan Huckleberry from the UI School of Music faculty. A group of Buyse's former students -- Thweatt, Martha Councell, Kara DeRaad Santos, Alice Lenaghan, Caen Thomason-Redus and Mihoko Watanabe -- will join the performance for one work.

The program will feature a variety of pieces for flute, both with and without the other instruments:

-- Sonata for flute and piano by Francis Poulenc;

-- "Icicle" for solo flute (1977) by Robert Aitken;

-- Sonatine for flute and clarinet by Jean Cartan;

-- Concerto in A minor, op. 15 no. 2 (1727) by J.B. de Boismortier, performed by Buyse and her former students;

-- selections from "Feuillets d'album" (Album leaves) by Andre Caplet; and

-- "Hungarian Dance Suite No. 1," based on music by Johannes Brahms, arranged by Webster for flute, clarinet and piano.

After 22 years as an orchestral musician, Buyse left her position with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in 1993 in order to pursue a more active teaching and solo career. Acting principal flutist of the BSO during her last three years in Boston, she had been invited by Seiji Ozawa to join the orchestra in 1983 as assistant principal flutist and principal flutist of the Boston Pops. Previously she served as assistant principal flutist of the San Francisco Symphony and played solo piccolo and second flute with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Buyse has appeared as soloist with l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Switzerland, the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the San Francisco Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the New Hampshire Music Festival, of which she was principal flutist for 10 years. She has performed with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players throughout Europe and Japan, with the Tokyo, Juilliard and Muir String Quartets, the Boston Musica Viva, Da Camera of Houston, and in recital with Jessye Norman and Yo-Yo Ma.

Summer festival appearances include Aspen, Sarasota, Norfolk, Domaine Forget (Quebec), Sitka, Maui, Strings in the Mountains, the Lake Placid Institute, ARIA International Summer Academy, the Ithaca Flute Institute, and the Park City International Festival in Utah. With her husband, clarinetist Michael Webster, she performs in the Webster Trio and the Buyse-Webster Duo. 

Buyse has taught at the University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and as a visiting associate professor at the Eastman School of Music. Her students hold positions in major orchestras or teach at the UI, Arizona State, the University of Idaho, San Diego State and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, among others.

One of Buyse's former students, Thweatt joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in the fall of 2003. She was a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 2000-2002, following the completion of her doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1999. A busy orchestral musician, she has also performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and many regional ensembles.

Prior to coming to Iowa, Thweatt served on the faculties of Concordia College in Ann Arbor and the Interlochen Arts Camp. She has an interest in Baroque music, especially the works of J. S. Bach. She has studied the Baroque flute and has performed the solo flute part in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with the Michigan Chamber Players. She recently performed the Vivaldi C Major Piccolo Concerto with the Pontiac Oakland Symphony and the C.P.E. Bach Flute Concerto in A Major with the Bach Sinfonia. She also enjoys chamber music of all styles and periods, and has performed George Crumb's "Vox Balaenae" (The voice of the whale) at Interlochen.

Huckleberry is an active solo pianist and chamber musician. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and the United States. He is also a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including the first prizes in the German National Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition.

As a chamber musician Huckleberry was the featured pianist at flutist Amy Porter's 2003 summer workshop at the University of Michigan. He has been the faculty chamber music coordinator and faculty pianist for the University of Michigan's All-State program at Interlochen. Prior to his appointment at the UI, Huckleberry taught at the Cologne Conservatory in Germany, the University of Michigan, and at Albion College in Michigan.

In addition to teaching clarinet at Rice, Webster is artistic director of the Houston Youth Symphony. Described by the Boston Globe as "a virtuoso of burgeoning prominence," he has collaborated with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Tokyo and Cleveland String Quartets and Yo-Yo Ma, among others. He has been associated with many of North America's finest festivals, including Marlboro, Santa Fe, Chamber Music West and Northwest, Norfolk, Angel Fire, Steamboat Springs, Sitka, Park City, Aria International Academy (Ontario), Stratford (Ontario), Victoria (BC) and Domaine Forget (Quebec). As a soloist he has appeared with many orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Pops, and was for many years Aaron Copland's favorite interpreter of his Clarinet Concerto.

Webster has served as principal clarinetist of the San Francisco Symphony, music director of the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, music director of Chamber Music Ann Arbor and associate professor of clarinet at the Eastman School of Music, from which he earned three degrees. In 1988 he became a member of the conducting faculty at the New England Conservatory and taught clarinet both there and at Boston University. He has been Assistant Conductor of the Asian Youth Orchestra under Yehudi Menuhin and has conducted chamber orchestras composed of Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic and Quebec Symphony musicians.

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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7:30 a.m.: Registration begins in Voxman Hall

8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.: Exhibits open in Voxman Hall, featuring professional flute manufacturers, sheet music and CD sales

8:30-9:10 a.m.: Flute Choir Reading Session (Intermediate/Amateur Level) with Joanne Chadima (Cedar Rapids, IA)

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Flute Wonders Competition (Senior Division)

9:15-9:55 a.m.: Flute Choir Reading Session (Collegiate/Professional Level) with Angeleita Floyd (University of Northern Iowa)

10:00-11:15: Iowa Flute Ensembles Concert, featuring flute choirs from colleges in Iowa

11:00-12:30: Flute Wonders Competition (Junior Division)

11:30-12:20: "How to be a Team Player: Creating an Environment of Collaboration and Communication within your own flute section" A panel coordinated by Nicole Esposito, President of the Eastern Iowa Flute Association.

1:00-2:15: Midwest Flutists Concert

3:00-4:15: Guest Artist Leone Buyse in Recital with Michael Webster, clarinet and Alan Huckleberry, piano

4:30-6:30: Master Class with Leone Buyse, featuring college flutists from U Iowa, ISU, UNI, Drake, and Grinnell