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Nov. 20, 2007

Anthony Arnone's Dec. 7 cello recital will feature music for voice

Cellist Anthony Arnone and pianist Shari Rhoads will join forces to perform a recital program based entirely on vocal music, including transcriptions of songs by Schubert and other composers, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Both performers are faculty members of the UI School of Music, Arnone teaching cello and Rhoads as opera coach. Their recital will be free and open to the public.

The program opens with a piece from the standard cello repertoire, Beethoven's Seven Variations for cello and piano on "Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fühlen" (Men, who feel love's emotions), a duet from Mozart's "Magic Flute."

Arnone and Rhoads will return to the operatic repertoire to close the program with "Souvenir de la Sonnambula," a fantasy on themes from Bellini's opera "La Sonnambula" (The sleepwalker) that was composed by the 19th-century cellist Alfredo Piatti.

Between these two works, Arnone and Rhoads will play a series of arrangements of songs by Schubert, Fauré, Rachmaninoff and Brahms.

"I am so excited about this program as it is a chance to learn a bunch of new repertoire by great composers and see if I can make them effective on the cello," Arnone said. "The cello is such a vocal instrument by nature that it is an inspiring challenge to 'sing' on the cello. We thought we would bookend the program with pieces written for cello and piano but that have operatic themes to them."

"Shari is so great to work with as she knows all the vocal repertoire inside out. I feel like I have a great coach while learning these fantastic songs."

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 he joined the UI music faculty in 2001. For more information see

Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty as opera coach in the fall of 2000. Before arriving at the UI she taught Lieder and interpretation at the Music Conservatory in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. She was Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater 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

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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