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Oct. 27, 2008

UI faculty musicians to present salon music for a beautiful space Nov. 6

Cellist Hannah Holman and pianist Réne Lecuona, faculty members from the University of Iowa School of Music, will present an evening of "salon music for the beautiful space" of the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

Their concert, which will also feature violist Zoran Jakovcic in one piece, will be free and open to the public.

Due to the closure of the Voxman Music Building following the record floods in June, the School of Music does not have access to many of its usual performance venues during the 2008-09 season. The Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol is one of the performance spaces that will house faculty recitals and other performances through the year.

"This is an evening of salon music for the beautiful space at Old Capitol that reminds me of playing in a gorgeous salon," Holman said." Réne and I wanted to do an evening of just nice cello and piano music, things that people know but aren't maybe often played or performed -- a sort of 'pops concert' for the cello."

The complete program will feature a variety of music, from Baroque to Romantic and representing different cultural traditions:

--Sonata no. 3 in A minor by Antonio Vivaldi.
--"Prayer" for piano and cello by Ernst Bloch.
--"Kol nidre" for cello and piano by Max Bruch.
--"Graduale" for solo cello by Barry Vercoe.
--Suite for solo cello by the great Spanish cello virtuoso and composer Gaspar Cassado.
--The Intermezzo from the opera "Goyescas" by Enrique Granados, arranged for cello by Cassado.
--"Serenade Espagnole" by Cecile Chaminade, arranged by Fritz Kreisler.
--The slow movement from Franz Schubert's Trio in E-flat major.

"I will discuss some of the music as we go along," Holman said. "We will open with the lovely Vivaldi Sonata, followed by a segment of music with Jewish influences by three different composers. The next segment is music influenced by Spain.

"Finally we will end with the short trio movement by Schubert, which has a lovely cello melody. Zoran, Réne and I worked on this over the summer and were to perform it on a program that was cancelled due to the flood. We are happy to have a venue to play it now."

Holman is cellist of the Maia Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the University of Iowa School of Music. She has performed extensively as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra cellist, including principal cello with the Cedar Rapids Symphony. She joined the Maia Quartet in the summer of 2002 and is currently the principal cellist of the Quad City Symphony. For more information visit

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 visit http://

Jakovcic joined the UI faculty as a member of the Maia Quartet in 2005. A native of Croatia, he made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 12 and was a winner of a top prize at the National Competition in Zagreb. He has performed in recital and as soloist with various orchestras in Europe, Japan, China and the United States. For more information visit

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

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