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April 20, 2006

UI Violist Christine Rutledge Will Play Baroque Recital April 30

University of Iowa School of Music faculty members Christine Rutledge and Shari Rhoads will play a duo recital on Baroque viola and harpsichord at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, in the Krapf Organ Studio of the UI Voxman Music Building

The recital, which is co-sponsored by the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society and the School of Music, will be free and open to the public.

The program will feature both original works for the viola from the Baroque period and arrangements that Rutledge has made for viola of Baroque pieces originally composed for other stringed instruments.

"Since there is almost no solo music for viola from the Baroque period, the program is made up entirely of transcriptions," Rutledge said. "It was not uncommon during the time that works would be adapted for other instruments, and in fact it is almost certain that all of the pieces on the concert were performed on a variety of instruments.

"The program is intended to highlight my ongoing transcription and editions in progress of the six suites for solo cello and the viola da gamba sonatas of J. S. Bach, but this is, I believe, one of the very first performances on our new harpsichord at the School of Music, so it should be the star."

The complete program will be:

-- The Sonata in B-flat major for viola and harpsichord by Georg Phillip Telemann.

-- Suite No. 2 in D minor for solo viola by J.S. Bach, originally written for solo cello.

-- The Sonata in C Major for viola and harpsichord by George Frideric Handel, originally written for viola da gamba and harpsichord.

-- Bach's Sonata No. 1 in G major for viola and harpsichord, originally written for viola da gamba and harpsichord.

Rutledge joined the UI faculty in 1998. She had previously been a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, where she also played with the Notre Dame String Trio. She is a graduate of the UI School of Music, where she studied with William Preucil.

She has appeared as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player throughout the United States and abroad. She performs as a member of the Fontana Chamber Music Festival ensemble. Her performances and recordings with the Notre Dame String Trio have earned glowing reviews from The Strad, Fanfare and other music publications. Her solo performances have included those before her professional peers at the 23rd International Viola Congress in Bloomington, Ind., the 24th Congress in Germany, the 28th Congress in Sweden and the 31st Congress in Germany. She has performed the standard viola repertoire, her own transcriptions of Baroque works, several lesser known works for viola, and new works that were written specifically for her.

Rutledge is the former assistant principal viola of the Louisville Orchestra and violist of the Ceruti Chamber Players and the Kentucky Center Chamber Players. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where she studied with the distinguished viola teachers Karen Tuttle and Michael Tree, and the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she was valedictorian of her class and recipient of the Young Artist Award.

She is also a prize-winner in the Aspen Festival Viola Competition, and the recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist's Fellowship, an Eli Lilly Foundation grant for undergraduate teaching development, and awards from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at Notre Dame. She recently received a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Initiative at the UI, which will assist in a solo CD recording of "Early 20th-Century English Works for Viola and Piano." In 2002-03 she played a series of recitals at the UI covering the viola repertoire of J.S. Bach.

Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty as opera coach and diction teacher in the fall of 2000. Before arriving at the UI she taught music history at the Music conservatory in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. Rhoads earned the title of Kapellmeister at the Lucerne (Switzerland) Theater. She was conductor and coach at the opera theater in Darmstadt, Germany, the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Spain, and the Teatro de las Zarzuela in Madrid.

Her accompanying credentials include recitals with Jose Carreras, Luis Lima and Montserrat Caballe with whom she worked exclusively as coach/accompanist and orchestrator. She has appeared at numerous international festivals including Aix-en-Provence, Luzern International Festowche and the Beethovenhaus Chamber Music series. Rhoads continues to perform internationally and conducts master class world-wide on Mozart operas with collaborator Georges Delnon. She earned her degree in accompanying and has completed post-graduate studies in opera coaching/conducting at the University of Southern California.

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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