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Sept. 14, 2007

Canadian Flutist Conor Nelson will present UI guest recital Sept. 23

Flutist Conor Nelson, whose New York Weill Recital Hall debut was praised as "nothing short of spectacular," will present a University of Iowa guest recital at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Nelson's recital, which is co-sponsored by the Eastern Iowa Flute Association (EIFA), will be free and open to the public. Nelson will be assisted on the performance by pianist Alan Huckleberry and flutist Nicole Esposito, both faculty members in the UI School of Music.

Their compete program will be:

--Sonata for flute and piano (1957) by Francis Poulenc;

--"East Wind" for solo flute (1987) by Shulamit Ran;

--"Poem for Flute and Piano" (1919) by Charles Tomlinson Griffes;

--Andante and Rondo for two flutes and piano, op. 25, by Albert Franz Doppler;

--Fantasie, op. 79, by Gabriel Fauré; and

--"Fantasie Pastorale Hongroise" for flute and piano by Doppler.

As part of his visit to Iowa, Nelson will be a guest artist for the EIFA's High School Flute Day, which will be held at the UI School of Music. Esposito is president of the EIFA. More information on the EIFA and High School Flute Day is available at

Nelson is currently teaching flute on the faculty of Oklahoma State University. A native Canadian, he recently became the first wind player to win the Grand Prize in the 2007 WAMSO Young Artist Competition of the Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association, and he will perform with the Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of Osmo Vänskä. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States and Canada, including the Toronto Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Stony Brook Symphony and the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra.

For more information, visit his Web page at

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 in 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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