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Oct. 26, 2007

Flutist Nicole Esposito will play her first UI faculty recital Nov. 4

The flute-and-piano duo of Nicole Esposito and Alan Huckleberry will be joined by faculty colleagues from the University of Iowa School of Music -- Mark Weiger, oboe, and Benjamin Coelho, bassoon -- for a faculty chamber recital at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in  Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The performance is Esposito's first solo recital since joining the UI faculty in August. It will be free and open to the public.

"I often program recitals surrounding a theme, but in this case the program does not follow one." Esposito said. "Most of the pieces can be described as lyric, as many have a vocal-like quality or association."

The complete program will be:

-- the Sonata in f minor by Georg Philipp Telemann, performed by Esposito, Huckleberry and Coelho;

-- Six Pieces for flute and piano by Fikret Amirov;

-- Sonatina for flute and piano by Eldin Burton;

-- Trio for flute, oboe and piano by Madeleine Dring;

-- Aria, op. 48 no. 1, for flute and piano by Ernst von Dohnanyi; and

-- the "Carmen" Fantasy by François Borne.

"The Burton Sonatina and the 'Carmen' Fantasy are standards in every flutist's repertoire," Esposito noted. "In contrast, the Amirov and von Dohnanyi pieces are seldom heard, yet beautiful works. The Amirov is basically a set of six folk-like melodies from Azerbaijan, and the Dohnanyi is a lyric piece very much in the style of Richard Strauss, a style not often represented in the flute repertoire.

"The second half of the program will feature the delightful Trio for flute, oboe and piano by British composer Madeleine Dring. A very versatile woman, Dring played piano and violin, sang, danced, acted, wrote, sketched and painted, all with great expertise and panache. She was known to have a great joy for life, and a wicked sense of humor which all comes across in the trio."

Esposito joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in 2007. She has achieved a career as a soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician on an international level and has been a featured soloist and recitalist at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival; the Interlochen Arts Academy; the Detroit Institute for the Arts; the Musikhochschule-Wuppertal, Germany; and the North American Cultural Center of Costa Rica. Esposito has also performed at numerous National Flute Association Conventions and many regional flute conferences. For more information, see

An active solo pianist and chamber musician, Huckleberry joined the UI faculty in 2003. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and the United States. He is also a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including the first prizes in the German National Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition. 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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