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Sept. 4, 2007

Meridian Trio and UI music faculty members will present chamber music Sept. 15

The Meridian Trio and two University of Iowa music faculty members will join forces to present a UI faculty/guest chamber music concert featuring the music of Mozart and Ernst von Dohnanyi at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

The Meridian Trio, an ensemble featuring pianist Réne Lecuona from the UI School of Music faculty with violinist Davis Brooks and cellist Kurt Fowler, gave its public debut concert on the UI campus in October 1999. For the Sept. 15 concert, they will be joined by violinist Katie Wolfe and violist Christine Rutledge from the UI faculty.

Their program will comprise three works: the Quartet in G minor for piano, violin, viola and cello, K478, by Mozart; the Duo in B-flat major for violin and viola, K424 by Mozart; and the Quintet in C minor for piano, two violins, viola and cello, op. 1, by Dohnanyi.

All three members of the Meridian Trio have active careers as performers and teachers, so they have to carefully coordinate their very full schedules to find time for their concert appearances. Lecuona teaches at the UI and performs around the world; Brooks is on the faculty of Butler University in Indianapolis and is associate concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra; and Fowler teaches at Indiana State University and is principal cellist of the Terre Haute Symphony.

Since joining the UI faculty in 1990, Lecuona has performed solo and chamber music throughout the United States and South America, in Mexico and in the Caribbean. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall in 1993 with her UI faculty colleague mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle and has also performed in the Goodman Hall at Lincoln Center with soprano Rachel Joselson, also from the UI faculty. For more information see

Currently associate concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Brooks was a member of the Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center for 10 years, and the New York Chamber Symphony, which has produced more than 20 recordings in the last 15 years. Brooks has been concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of New England, the Harrisburg Symphony and the Waco Symphony. For more information see

Fowler has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician throughout the United States and in Europe. He has served as principal cellist of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed at music festivals in Aspen, Colo., Sarasota, Fla., and Heidelberg, Germany. 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

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

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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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846;