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Aug. 16, 2007

UI Cellist Tony Arnone Will Make Music With His Friends In Aug. 26 Concert

Tony Arnone has a lot of friends.

The University of Iowa cello professor will present "Tony and Friends," a chamber music concert with Arnone and eight UI faculty colleagues and guest artists playing music from Beethoven to Schoenberg, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

"I am lucky enough to have friends all around the country who are fabulous professional chamber musicians," Arnone said. "One of the fun things of chamber music is getting to revisit old friendships and make music together."

UI faculty performers appearing with Arnone on the concert program will be Hannah Holman, cello; Christine Rutledge, viola; and Katherine Wolfe, violin. Guests will be Kurt Baldwin, cello; Robert Meyer, viola; Suzanne Beia, violin; Jane Price, violin; and Christine Dore, piano.

The program will comprise three works: Beethoven's Trio in C minor, op. 3 no. 1, performed by Beia, Arnone and Dore; Robert Schumann's Quintet for piano and strings, performed by Wolfe, Price, Meyer, Baldwin and Dore; and the original string sextet version of "Verklärte Nacht" (Transfigured night) by Arnold Schoenberg, performed by Beia, Price, Meyer, Rutledge ,Holman and Arnone.

"I am thrilled to put on and play in a concert where almost everyone knows several of the others from past music festivals even as far back as high school," Arnone said.

"Kurt and Hannah actually met at the music camp in Interlochen, Mich., when they were teenagers. Suzanne Beia, Christine Dore and I played in a trio together 15 years ago and haven't played together since then! I know Kurt from the San Francisco Conservatory almost 20 years ago.

"I plan to share all of this with the audience who I think will enjoy not only the music but knowing that we are all old friends getting to play together again."

A founding member of the Meriden Trio and the Sedgwick String Quartet, Arnone was principal cellist of the Madison Symphony in Wisconsin, 1996-2001. He has taught and performed across the country, and joined the UI music faculty in 2001. For more information, see

Holman is cellist of the Maia Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the UI School of Music. She has performed extensively as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra cellist, including principal cello with the Cedar Rapids Symphony, and she joined the Maia Quartet in the summer of 2002. For more information, see

Rutledge joined the UI faculty in 1998. 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. For more information, see

Originally from Minnesota, Wolfe joined the string faculty of the UI School of Music in August 2004. She has had a diverse career as a soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician on the national and international stage. For more information, see

A native of Iowa City, Baldwin began his cello studies in the Iowa City public schools at the age of 12. His first teachers included Candace Wiebener and Margaret Brooke. He is a founding member of the Arianna String Quartet. For more information, see

Also a member of the Arianna String Quartet, Robert Meyer began playing the viola in the public school strings program in New Rochelle, NY. While in high school he studied at the Manhattan School of Music, and he holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Rice University.

Price holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University and a master's from the New England Conservatory. She has been a fellow at the Tanglewood Institute, the Norfolk Festival and the Spoleto festival in Italy and the United States, and she spent one year as a member of the New World Symphony. Since 1994 she has been an extra member of the Chicago Symphony, with whom she has toured the United States, Europe and South America. She has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Company and the Tulsa Opera Orchestra and has been an extra with the St. Louis Symphony since 1996.

Beia, a native of Reno, Nev., made her solo debut at the age of 14 with the North Lake Tahoe Symphony. Since then, she has performed frequently as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States. She is a member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Doré began her musical studies in England at the age of six. She earned a bachelor's degree with honors from the New England Conservatory and a master's from the Mannes College of Music. She is founder and artistic director of the Music At Greenlawn concert series and is a member of the chamber music faculties of the Stony Brook Summer Music Festival and the pre-college music program at the University of Stony Brook. For more information, see

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