April 13, 2007
Agrell And Coelho Present UI Faculty Concert April 26
Jeffrey Agrell and Benjamin Coelho, who teach horn and bassoon in the University of Iowa School of Music, have teamed up to present a concert together with pianists Richard Gloss and Shari Rhoads at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Clapp Recital Hall.
The concert, featuring solo works with and without piano for both instruments, as well music for the unusual combination of horn, bassoon and piano, will be free and open to the public.
Agrell said that the concert was inspired by the School of Music's centennial, which has been celebrated through the 2006-07 year.
"In this 100th anniversary year of the School of Music, recitals were planned to be combinations of instruments, not just instruments alone," Agrell said. "This was a great chance to pair the somewhat unusual combination of horn and bassoon. We actually discovered more pieces that we knew existed for this combination and are considering doing another recital like this one later to get to play more of them!"
The concert will open and close with pieces for both instruments and piano: at the beginning, Six Bagatelles for horn, bassoon, and piano by Paul Basler, with Gloss; and at the end, "Men, Money, and Melodies: Three Famous Operatic Duets," which Agrell transcribed for this occasion from "The Magic Flute" by Mozart, "The Pearl Fishers" by Georges Bizet and "The Barber of Seville" by Gioachino Rossini and which will be played with Rhoads.
Five solo works will be performed between these bookends:
-- "En Forêt" (In the forest) (1941) for horn and piano by Eugène Bozza, performed by Agrell and Gloss;
-- Selections from the 16 Waltzes for solo bassoon by Francisco Mignone, performed by Coelho;
-- "Horn-Lokk" for solo horn by Sigurd Berge, performed by Agrell;
-- J.S. Bach's Sonata, BWV 1031, originally composed for flute and keyboard and performed in a bassoon arrangement by Coelho and Gloss; and
-- "Blow" for solo bassoon, which was written for Coelho by Amelia Kaplan, who was a visiting faculty member in composition at the UI.
"The program represents new and old favorites of both of us from a variety of countries and composers," Agrell said. "Basler and Kaplan are from the United States, Bozza is from France, Berge from Norway and Mignone from Brazi. And of course, Bach is from Germany!
"The transcribed opera duets -- a bit of pure fun for the three instruments and 'coached' by veteran opera coach and conductor Shari Rhoads -- are also from three countries, Austria, France and Italy."
Agrell joined the UI School of Music faculty in 2000 after a 25-year career as associate principal horn in the Lucerne (Switzerland) Symphony. Besides teaching horn, he currently directs the UI Horn Choir, teaches Introduction to Improvisation, and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet, and the contemporary classical improvising ensembles Duende (horn, cello, piano), and Cerberus (horn, trumpet, tuba). Agrell is also an award-winning writer and composer, and he has been very active in bringing new approaches to improvisation to classical musicians. More information: http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/BRASSagrell.htm
A member of the UI faculty since 1998, Coelho has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, teacher and clinician in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Portugal, France, Romania, Australia, Canada and the Czech Republic. As a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, he performed on concert tours throughout the United States. For more, see: http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/WINDcoelho.htm
Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty as opera coach 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 and served as 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. For more information, see http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/VOICErhoads.htm
Gloss is a native of Chicago. He holds a master's degree in piano performance from the UI, where he studied with Kenneth Amada. He has accompanied many local artists, including Agrell and Manning, flutists Betty Bang Mather and Claudia Anderson, and tenor Scott McCoy. He is also the box office manager for Hancher Auditorium.
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