June 16-26, 2013 – Preucil School String Orchestra performs in China

Preucil School String Orchestra
Iowa City, Iowa
Anthony Arnone, conductor

Thursday, June 20, 2013
Joint performance with High School Symphony Orchestra at Central Conservatory of Music
Music School of the Central Conservatory of Music

Friday, June 21, 2013
Great Wall of China
Ju Yong Pass

Sunday, June 23, 2013
Beidaihe Workers’ Theatre

Monday, June 24, 2013
Joint performance with Peiyang Chorus of Tianjin University
University Performing Arts Center, Tianjin University

To Be Selected From:
Berger | A Short Overture for Strings
Mozart | Serenata Notturna, K. 239
Dvorak | Three Slavonic Dances
Bach | Concerto for Three Violins and String Orchestra in D major, III. Allegro
Grieg | Suite for Strings, Op. 40, In Olden Style from Holberg’s Time
Bartok | Rumanian Folk Dances


About the Artists…

Preucil School String Orchestra
The Preucil School of Music is a non-profit, certified member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, serving over 750 students with a 38 member faculty.  Founded in 1975, the PreucilSchool evolved from a Suzuki method violin program established in 1963 by Doris Preucil.  Sonja Zeithamel became Director of the school in 1995 when Doris retired.  The curriculum includes lessons in strings and piano, theory, pedagogy, ensembles, and an early childhood education program.

The School is housed in two locations.  The Main Campus, an Iowa City landmark, is housed in a historic Czechoslovakian Hall built in 1900. The Preucil School of Music North Campus and MorrisEarlyChildhoodEducationCenter is a newer facility built in 2002.  Iowa City is a cultural haven in the midst of farmland, 200 miles west of Chicago.  Home of the University of Iowa, the city has a population of 62,000 plus 29,000 University students.

The Preucil School String Orchestra (PSSO), numbering 75 students aged 13 through 18, is the most advanced of five training orchestras at the School.  It has performed extensively in the Midwestern United States and been featured at international teacher conferences and on Public Television.  In 1991 a reduced ensemble from the PSSO began international concert tours. Their first tour took them to Germany, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Austria, where the orchestra won first prize for String Orchestra at the Vienna International Festival for Music and Youth.  Succeeding concert tour orchestras performed in England in 1994, Germany in 1997, Italy in 2001, the CzechRepublic, Hungary and Austria in 2005, and Austria in 2009.

Anthony Arnone, Conductor
Anthony Arnone is associate professor of cello at The University of Iowa School of Music, and is on the faculty of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, where he teaches and conducts. During summers he teaches at the Madeline Island Music Camp.

Mr. Arnone has collaborated with many of today’s great chamber ensembles and artists. Performances have taken him around the United States and Europe as soloist, chamber musician, and conductor.  Mr. Arnone’s recordings with Albany and VAI  have received acclaimed reviews in prominent music journals and online classical sites.  A new CD through MSR, called “Beckoning,” premieres works by Serra Hwang, Lera Auerbach, Huang Ruo, and Jay Greenberg.

As a cello soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Arnone was a founding member of the Meridien Trio and the Sedgewick String Quartet, which performed regularly at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston.  More recently, he has been part of the Matisse Trio, a faculty trio at The University of Iowa, which has played throughout the United States and at international conferences.

Mr. Arnone’s love of teaching has taken him throughout the country to give master classes, including Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute of Music.  At home, Mr. Arnone brings celebrated teachers and performers to The University of Iowa for the annual “Cello Daze,” a weekend of lectures, concerts, and master classes.

A native of Honolulu, Mr. Arnone received his bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Colin Carr. He left graduate studies with Bonnie Hampton at the San Francisco Conservatory to accept a position with the Orchestré Philharmonique de Nice, France, where he remained for two years, continuing his studies with Paul and Maude Tortelier. He completed his master’s degree in conducting at Wichita State University.