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Nov. 30, 2007

Note: This recital has been canceled.

Rutledge and Nosikova will pay tribute to great violists in Dec. 10 recital

Christine Rutledge, who teaches viola at the University of Iowa School of Music, will pay tribute to two great violists of the past on a faculty recital with pianist Ksenia Nosikova at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their UI faculty recital will be free and open to the public.

The program includes both works for solo viola and for viola with piano. The five works on the program will be:

--Sonata for viola and piano by Arnold Bax.

--"Melody on the C String" for viola and piano by York Bowen.

--"Elegy" for viola and piano by Frederick Delius.

--"Arrival Platform Humlet" for solo viola by Percy Grainger.

--Three Characteristic Studies for solo viola by Lillian Fuchs.

"With the exception of the Fuchs works, all music on this program was written for the great viola virtuoso Lionel Tertis," Rutledge said. "He was single-handedly responsible for scores of music by some of the great composers of his day. His passion for the instrument, and his outstanding musicianship and technical abilities opened the door for the viola as a solo instrument.

"Lillian Fuchs was a professor of viola for many years at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Her career was perhaps best known from her collaborations with her brother, Joseph Fuchs, with whom she performed most of her life. She wrote many etudes and study materials, several of which stand out as solo repertoire for the viola."

The repertoire grew out of a UI Career Development Grant that Rutledge received last spring. As part of the grant, Rutledge formed a publishing company to make available the many arrangements she had made of Baroque music.

"The performance features works that are included in the catalog of my recently formed publishing company Linnet Press Editions," Rutledge explained. "The company was first intended to be a venue for the many transcriptions for viola of Baroque music, but then my work branched out to include works written for Lionel Tertis by early-20th-century English composers. Many of these pieces have remained out of print for decades, and these editions represent the first available editions in many years."

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

Nosikova, who joined the UI faculty in 1998, has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and South America. She has been invited to perform at international festivals in Munster, France; Rimini, Italy; and Rovin in the former Yugoslavia; as well as the Aspen and Sarasota Music Festivals in the United States. In 2006 she was named a Steinway artist. For more information, see

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