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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

NEW COMPOSITIONS APRIL 28 -- The Composers Workshop from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a concert of new works by students in a concert at 8 p.m. Monday, April 28, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

The four works on the program will be acoustic -- this is, they will not include electronically created sounds or amplification -- but they will call for a variety of instrumental settings. They are:

--Nocturn No. 2 for cello and piano by Katerina Stamatelos, a doctoral piano student in the School of Music. The composer's first serial composition, the nocturn uses various combinations and arrangements of two pitch groups to create melodies and harmonies. Although the procedures are admittedly based on "intellectual games," Stamatelos also says that the resulting score "was more the product of a subconscious state of mind rather than of a 'cool' intellect."

-- "Lines" for woodwind quintet by graduate composition student John Kramer.

-- "Light Blossom" for cello solo by doctoral student John Allemeier. According to the composer, "Light Blossom" was composed very quickly, being "the result of four days and eight pieces of paper." Allemeier added that "the title of this piece refers to the 'flowering' of an idea, and the speed in which it was realized."

-- Three Songs for soprano and mixed ensemble by undergraduate composition student Jeff Bennett. Based on three haiku, the songs were written in partial fulfillment of the degree requirements for a bachelor's degree in musical composition.

The UI Composers Workshop is devoted to the performance of music composed at the UI and aims to foster greater collaboration and interplay between composers and performers in the Iowa City area. It presents a series of five or six concerts each academic year. The April 28 concert will be the last for the 1996-97 year.

For further information, call (319) 335-1667.

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JAZZ BANDS CONCERT APRIL 28 -- The University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert by the Jazz Lab Band at 8 p.m. Monday, April 28, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

One of the big-band ensemble at the School of Music, the Lab Band is directed by John Rapson, who is also director of school's jazz programs.

The concert program will include works by jazz musicians from a wide variety of styles and eras: Gerry Mulligan's "Youngblood," written in 1953 for the Stan Kenton band; popular salsa stylist Tito Puente's most recognized work, "Oye Como Va"; the Supersax arrangement of Dizzie Gillespie's "Night in Tunisia," in which Charlie Parker's virtuoso improvisations have been scored for the entire sax section; and a series of Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn works from the "Far East Suite."

The concert will conclude with "Do What You Wanna," a New Orleans second-line street dance popularized by the Rebirth Brass Band.

For more information, call (319) 335-1667.

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PANEL DISCUSSION ON ART AND BUSINESS APRIL 30 -- A panel of artists, business experts and art dealers will discuss "The Business of Art" at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, in the University of Iowa Museum of Art, as part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series.

The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, is offered in conjunction with "Faculty Exhibition 1997," a collection of more than 70 works of art created by studio faculty at the UI School of Art and Art History. The exhibition is on display at the museum through May 25.

The panel will talk about the problems encountered when an artist's aesthetic ideals are out of step or even incompatible with practical aspects of the market, as well as issues regarding the education of art students.

The discussion will be moderated by Pamela Trimpe, curator of painting and sculpture at the museum, and Serena Stier, consultant on entrepreneurship with the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City.

Short addresses will be given by Sue Hettmansperger, professor of drawing and painting at the UI School of Art and Art History; Heidi Lasher-Oakes, visiting assistant professor of sculpture; and Gary Fethke, dean of the UI School of Business Administration. The audience will be encouraged to participate in the discussion.

M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1996-97 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Admission to the museum is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

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GUEST ORGAN RECITAL MAY 2 -- Organist Carla Edwards from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., will present a recital as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Appearing with Edwards will be mezzo-soprano Marcia Roberts from the UI faculty. Their performance will be free and open to the public.

Edwards will play solo works principally from the 20th century, including compositions of Americans Libby Larsen, Gerald Near and Timothy Tikker. Also represented on the program will be the 17th-18th century German composer Georg Boehm, whose Praeludium in C major will open the recital, and well-known 19th-century composer Felix Mendelssohn.

Roberts and Edwards will perform together the "Cinque Prieres" (Five prayers) of French composer Darius Milhaud, a set of songs on texts from the Catholic liturgy. Edwards will close the recital with the Organ Symphony No. 5 of Louis Vierne, who is considered one of the greatest performers and improvisers at the organ in the first half of the 20th century.

Edwards has performed extensively in the United States and England, and her performances have been broadcast on the nationally syndicated radio program "Pipedreams." In 1990 she completed a 12-concert tour of Finland. She won the Region V American Guild of Organists (AGO) competition in 1985 and was a national AGO competition finalist in 1986.

For more information, call (319) 335-1667.

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Please note that the time of the following event has just been changed to 7 p.m. Previous calendars from Arts Center Relations have listed this event at 8 p.m. Please check all calendar listings and make sure that the correct time appears in all references to this event.

VOCAL JAZZ CONCERT MAY 4 -- VocalEase, the vocal jazz ensemble of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present its final concert of the academic year at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building.

The concert, featuring a wide variety of vocal jazz literature, will be free and open to the public.

Vocal Ease, made up of six student singers, will perform unaccompanied vocal works from the repertoire of the King's Singers, The Real Group, Rockapella and other contemporary vocal groups.

Also appearing on the program will be a jazz quartet lead by saxophonist Mike Giles, an undergraduate student in the jazz program at the School of Music.

VocalEase is directed by Ray Salucka, a graduate assistant and doctoral choral conducting student at the School of Music. Salucka is also director of choral activities at Kirkwood Community College and associate choral director at Iowa State University.

For more information, call(319) 335-1667.

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UI BANDS GIVE CONCERT MAY 5 -- The University and Concert Bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a joint concert at 8 p.m. Monday, May 5, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The two groups are among the concert bands in the School of Music and are open to all UI students by audition. Their May 5 concert is open to the public free of charge.

The University Band is directed by UI graduate assistant Don Miller. They will play "Interlochen Variations" by Douglas K. Jones; "Color" by Bob Margolis; "Summer Holiday" by Frank Erickson; "Apollo" by John Remington: the hymn "Amazing Grace," as arranged by Frank Tichelli; and the march "Circus Days" by Iowan Karl King.

The Concert Band is directed by Morgan Jones, who is also the director of the Hawkeye Marching Band during the fall semester. They will play "Folk Song Suite" by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams; the Symphony for Band of Robert Washburn; James Barnes' "Symphonic Overture; a virtuoso solo arrangement of the old ballad "All Those Endearing Young Charms"; and "Russian Christmas Music" by Alfred Reed.

Soloist for "All Those Endearing Young Charms" will be euphonium player David Lang, a UI graduate who is currently band director at Independence High School. Guest conductor for Reed's "Russian Christmas Music" will by UI graduate student Troy Woodmansee.

For more information, call (319) 335-1635.

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4/18/97