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Aug. 28, 2008

'Tony and Friends' comes back for second round of chamber music Sept. 7

"Tony and Friends II," a chamber music concert featuring cellist Anthony Arnone from the University of Iowa School of Music faculty with colleagues and guest artists, will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, in the Herb and Janice Wilson Auditorium of the Preucil School of Music, 524 North Johnson St. in Iowa City.

"Tony & Friends II" will be the first faculty concert of the flood-dispersed fall schedule of UI School of Music. Because of the closure of the Voxman Music Building following the record floods in June, the School of Music will not have access to many of its usual performance venues during the 2008-09 season.

Joining Arnone for the concert will be fellow UI faculty members Katie Wolfe, violin, and Christine Rutledge, viola; and guest artists Christine Doré, piano, and Mike Center, cello.

Works on the program will include Antonin Dvorak's Piano Quintet in A major, op. 5, and Franz Schubert's String Quintet.

"This is the second 'Tony and Friends' concert," Arnone noted. "Last year was so much fun and we got so much positive response that I am making this an annual event.

"My friend Christine Doré was here last year and Mike Center is one of my oldest and best friends. Mike, Christine and I were all at New England Conservatory together and the two of them haven't seen each other in probably 15 years or more.

"As always, it is a treat for me to get to play chamber music with old friends. Playing a piece like the Schubert Quintet with some of my best friends on the planet will be such a happy experience for me. And to get to share a work like the Dvorak that is almost never played will be fun as well.

"I try to program pieces that haven't been played here in Iowa City for many years. Surprisingly, I don't think the Schubert Quintet has been performed here since I arrived in 2001."

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

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

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

Doré began her musical studies in England at the age of six. She earned a bachelor's degree with honors from the New England Conservatory and a master's from the Mannes College of Music. She is founder and artistic director of the Music At Greenlawn concert series and is a member of the chamber music faculties of the Stony Brook Summer Music Festival and the pre-college music program at the University of Stony Brook. For more information see

Michael Center holds degrees in music from the New England Conservatory and the Peabody Institute. While in Baltimore he played with the award-winning Trio Fervore. As a chamber musician, he has also appeared in concerts with members of the Juilliard and Meliora Quartets as well as with musicians from the San Francisco, Cleveland, Minnesota, and Chicago symphonies. He is currently a member of the Concorda Piano Trio. 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. 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 CONTACTS: Anthony Arnone, School of Music,; Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072 (office), 319-541-2846 (cell),