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Sept. 25, 2008

'Cello Daze' returns to UI, if not to campus, Oct. 11-12

"Cello Daze"-- a busy weekend of concerts, master classes, rehearsals, panel discussions and social events for members of the Iowa Cello Society -- is no longer a novelty at the University of Iowa School of Music: the seventh annual occurrence will take place Saturday and Sunday, Oct 11 and 12, in Iowa City.

Unlike previous years, however, the event will not take place on campus. Due to the closure of the Voxman Music Building following the record floods in June, the School of Music does not have access to its usual venues this year. Instead, classes, concerts and conferences are scattered around the community.

In this case, two free, public concerts will take place in locations that are not usually part of the university:

--At 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, a concert in the Herb and Janice Wilson Auditorium, Preucil School at 524N. Johnson St. in Iowa City, featuring guest artists Norman Fischer and Lindsay Mac.

--At 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in Room 150 in Clinton Street Music 376, a mixed program for cello ensembles, including the massed Cello Daze Cello Choir.

Because the performances involve so many guest artists and pieces that are rehearsed after everyone arrives in Iowa City, the programs are not announced until the last minute.

The Iowa Cello Society was organized by UI music faculty members Anthony Arnone and Hannah Holman. Under their direction, the society has held its fall "Cello Daze" celebration on the UI campus each year since 2002.

"This will be the Seventh Annual Cello Daze and we are pleased to have three wonderful guests, including Norman Fischer and Lindsay Mac," Arnone said. "Lindsay is an Iowa City native and plays folk/alternative cello. And in keeping with the spirit of this event, there will be fun and interesting arrangements for the Cello Choir at the Sunday concert."

There will also be workshops and demonstrations, all of which are open to the public. For the complete schedule and more information, see

Fischer teaches cello at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. He was a member of the Concord String Quartet, which won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, an Emmy and several Grammy nominations, and recorded more than 40 works on the RCA Red Seal, Vox, Nonesuch, Turnabout and CRI labels. For more information on Fischer, see

An indie/folk/alternative singer and cellist, Mac has been featured on the cover of the Weekend section of the Boston Globe, the cover of Strings magazine and in many other publications including the New York Times', Northeast Performer, Music Connection and the largest Spanish-language music magazine, Musico Pro.

On the way to recording two CD albums, she has studied at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, the San Francisco Conservatory and the Royal College of Music, and she has taken time off to work as a professional ski patrol and a bike messenger. For more information on Mac, see her MySpace page

A founding member of the Meridien 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 joined the UI music faculty in 2001. For more information on Arnone, see

Holman is cellist of the Maia Quartet, the quartet-in-residence at the UI School of Music. She has performed extensively as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra cellist, including principal cello with the Cedar Rapids Symphony, and joined the Maia Quartet in the summer of 2002. For more information on Holman, 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 CONTACT: Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072 (office), 319-541-2846 (cell),