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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

ART LECTURE MARCH 6 -- Painter Michael Byron will give a public lecture on his work at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 6, in Room E109 of the Art Building on the University of Iowa campus.

The lecture, which is sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History, is free and open to the public.

Byron's work has been described as a unification of Surrealism, abstraction and narrative. Byron typically combines small drawn figures with colorful washes and written notes. His figures are modeled on a variety of sources, including cartoons, old master paintings and Japanese prints.

For more information on this event, contact the School of Art and Art History at (319) 335-1771.

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THIRD PIANO RECITAL IN SCHUBERT SERIES MARCH 8 -- Pianist Daniel Shapiro will play the third in his ongoing series of four recitals celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Viennese composer Franz Schubert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Schubert, who was born Jan. 31, 1797, is being celebrated throughout the music world this year with concerts, symposia, lectures, recordings and other events. Shapiro's four recitals, on four Saturdays from Feb. 22 to March 15, will present a sampling of Schubert's piano works, including several of the sonatas.

The March 8 recital will feature the Sonata in A minor, D. 845, and the Sonata in G major, D. 894.

The son of a Viennese schoolmaster, Schubert was the only native of Vienna among the many Classic composers associated with that city. His life was short -- he died at the age of 31 -- but extraordinarily productive. The numbered list of his works reaches 998, including more than 600 songs, seven completed symphonies and several that were not finished, many pieces of chamber music and works for piano, and several operas and other dramatic works.

A member of the UI School of Music faculty, Shapiro captivated local classical music audiences in 1995 when accomplished the remarkable feat of playing all 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven from memory in a series of eight recitals.

Before coming to the UI in 1992, Shapiro had won several piano competitions, including the American Pianists Association Beethoven Fellowship Award, the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, the Young Musicians' Foundation Debut Competition and the International Piano Recording Competition. He also received the top award in the William Kapell International Piano Competition.

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HARPSICHORD RECITAL AT OLD CAPITOL MARCH 9 -- Harpsichordist Bonnie Choi will present a recital mostly of music from the 17th and 18th centuries -- the period when the harpsichord was Europe's leading keyboard instrument -- at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa campus.

Choi's performance, which is free and open to the public, is jointly sponsored by the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society.

Choi's program will open with the Suite in A minor of J.S. Bach, originally written for lute but frequently performed on the harpsichord. Like the lute, the harpsichord is a plucked-string instrument, using wooden levers connected to the keyboard, rather than the performer's fingers, to create the plucking motion.

Choi will also play works of several French composers, who had a distinct and highly developed harpsichord tradition in the 17th and 18th centuries. She will perform pieces by Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Forqueray, Louis Couperin and Jean Philippe Rameau.

Finally, she will perform one contemporary work, the Fantasy of William Penn. The revival of Baroque instruments in the 20th century has spurred interest in the harpsichord among contemporary composers, and Penn's piece is an example of that important development in the harpsichord repertoire.

A member of the faculty at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., Choi is a founding member of the Baroque ensemble "Air de Cour." During the past year she has performed as soloist in New York City, Rochester and Syracuse, and on an Asian tour in Vietnam, Shanghai and Hong Kong. She also has future engagements in Hong Kong and China.

The South China Morning Post wrote of Choi that she "displays dazzling technique and draws new colors" from the harpsichord, while Audio Technique magazine praised her "expressive playing." She has won prizes in the International Harpsichord Competition in Brugge, Belgium, and the National Association of Young Performers Competition.

Choi has been featured at the Trinity/Wall Street Concert Series in New York, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Shianghai Jin Jian Concert Series. In addition she has given lectures and master classes at the National Harpsichord Competition, the Hanoi Conservatory of Music in Vietnam, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China and the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong.

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BANDS IN CONCERT MARCH 10 -- The University and Concert Bands from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a joint concert at 8 p.m. Monday, March 10, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The two groups are student ensembles that are open by audition. The Concert Band is directed by Morgan Jones, a faculty member in the School of Music and director of the Hawkeye Marching Band, and the University Band is directed by Troy Woodmansee, a graduate student in the School of Music. Their joint concert will be free and open to the public.

For the March 10 concert, each group will feature a student soloist. Trombonist Michael Piersol will play Arthur Pryor's virtuoso arrangement of "The Blue Bells of Scotland" with the University Band, and clarinetist Christine Belomy will play Rossini's "Introduction, Theme and Variations" with the Concert Band. Both soloists are graduate students and section leaders in the UI's top wind ensemble, the Symphony Band.

The University Band will also play John Philip Sousa's march "The Liberty Bell"; Bruce Houseknecht's arrangement of "Salvation is Created" by Pavel Tschesnokoff; UI alumnus Timothy Mahr's "The View from the Mountaintop"; and "Havendance" by David R. Holsinger.

Additional works on the program of the Concert Band will be "Rolling Thunder," a circus march by Henry Fillmore; the band arrangement of Frescobaldi's "Toccata"; Robert Russell Bennett's "Suite of Old American Dances"; a band transcription of Rimsky-Korsakov's popular orchestral work "Procession of the Nobles"; and David Holsinger's "Liturgical Dances."

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PAINTER WILL LECTURE MARCH 10 -- Painter and collagist Miriam Schapiro, an internationally known artist and a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will speak on her work at 8 p.m., Monday, March 10, in Lecture Room I of UI Van Allen Hall.

While visiting the UI campus, Schapiro will critique work by students in the School of Art and Art History on Tuesday, March 11.

After graduating from the UI in 1949, Schapiro quickly emerged as an important figure in the New York art world. She is best-known for the large-scale collages she began in the 1970s known as "femmages." Schapiro coined this term to describe her use of actual materials and handwork techniques traditionally associated with anonymous women's art, such as quilting, appliqué and stitchery.

In this work, Schapiro brought the patterns and decorative motives of these arts to the fore and embraced them as fine-art techniques. Thus she made an important contribution to what became known as the pattern and decoration movement.

Schapiro also founded "Womanhouse" with 22 other women artists. "Womanhouse" turned an abandoned Hollywood mansion that was slated for demolition into an art project by turning each of the mansion's rooms into a celebration of or comment on women and their roles in the world.

Most recently, Schapiro has been making collages that pay homage to women artists around the world, including works dedicated to Mary Cassat, Berthe Morisot and Frida Kahlo. Her recent collages use materials as diverse as dolls, cartoon figures, paper cut-outs derived from the mythology of Mexican Indian tribes, Polish folk-art cut-outs, eggshell paintings and other articles.

For more information, call the School of Art and Art History at (319) 337-1772.

Schapiro's lecture is sponsored in part by the College of Liberal Arts, as part of the UI sesquicentennial celebration.

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PERSPECTIVES MARCH 12 -- Mary Nooter Roberts will present a slide lecture, "Memory and Female Power in Luba Royal Arts," at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The lecture, which is part of the weekly Perspectives series, is free and open to the public.

From the 17th to the late 18th centuries, the Luba peoples constituted one of the most important kingdoms in Central Africa. Their sculpture forms one of the best known and admired African artistic traditions. The Stanley Collection at the Museum of Art includes a number of Luba artworks.

Roberts will discuss the Luba's artistic traditions, with particular emphasis on the representation of women. Female figures are incorporated into stools, spears, containers and other possessions that mark high status. These sculptures may have important spiritual significance as well and are used to honor and appeal to spirits and ancestors.

Roberts' research has also shown that these art forms serve as memory devices to assist in the production of history and in the perpetuation of the memory of Luba kingship.

Roberts was senior curator at the Museum for African Art in New York for 10 years. She was recently co-curator of the exhibition "Memory: Luba Art and the Making of History," for which she co-wrote and co-edited the catalog. She is a scholar affiliate at the UI Center for International and Comparative Studies and the recent recipient of a J. Paul Getty post-doctoral fellowship.

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. the day of Roberts' talk. Admission to the museum is free.

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BILL T. JONES READS FROM MEMOIR MARCH 13 -- Choreographer Bill T. Jones will read from his memoir, "Last Night on Earth," at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in Buchanan Auditorium of the University of Iowa Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

The free reading, part of the "Live at Prairie Lights" series, is sponsored by Hancher Auditorium and Prairie Lights Books. The reading will be broadcast live on WSUI, 910 AM.

The reading was scheduled in conjunction with performances by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, featuring two different programs of Jones' recent choreography, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, in Hancher Auditorium. Both programs explore the power of the human voice -- both speaking and singing -- as an inspiration for dance.

In more than two decades of work Jones has established himself as one of the most creative, provocative and controversial choreographers of contemporary dance. "Last Night on Earth," published in 1995, traces how being black, gay and HIV-positive has shaped Jones' creative career. Among the events he discusses are "The Last Supper At Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land," and "Still/Here," which were co-commissioned by Hancher.

"Still/Here," based on the experiences, observations and feelings of people surviving with life-threatening illnesses, received its American premiere in Hancher in the fall of 1993. The work was broadcast nationwide in a version designed especially for public television, and the creation of the work was the subject of a recent Bill Moyers PBS special.

The Moyers special included considerable video shot in Iowa City at the premiere and at a "survival workshop" in which Jones interacted with Iowans struggling with cancer, AIDS, cystic fibrosis and other potentially terminal ailments.

The March 14 and 15 performances are supported by an anonymous donor, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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UNIVERSITY THEATRES GALLERY PREMIERES 'BROWNSVILLE' MARCH 13-16 -- University Theaters Gallery series will present the premiere of "Brownsville" at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 13-15, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

Directed and written by theatre arts majors Mark Swaner and Wesley Broulik, the play is set in the fictional Brownsville, Iowa. "'Brownsville' is a very balanced portrayal of a small town: It's about family, down-home-Americana and Grant Wood stability but also the intolerance and rigidity that goes along with that," Swaner says.

The story follows a young man's struggle to find his identity, sexual and otherwise, and his inability to make choices and live with the consequences of them. "He wants the small-town life but the small town life doesn't want him," Swaner says.

Other artistic contributors to "Brownsville" are Vince Fitzpatrick, set and sound design; Molly Neylan, lighting design; and Mandi Lee, costume design.

Admission will be $ 4 ($2 for UI students and senior citizens) at the door one hour before curtain.

This production contains materials of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should call the Department of Theatre Arts at 319-335-2700 for additional information.

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GUEST ORGANIST WILL GIVE RECITAL AT UI MARCH 14 -- Organist Devid Heller, a member of the faculty at Trinity University in San Antonio, Tex., will present a recital as guest of the organ department at the University of Iowa School of Music, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Heller will play works by composers from the 18th-century Baroque master J.S. Bach to American Timothy Kramer, who was born in 1959. Other composers included in the program will span the 19th and 20th centuries and represent both German and French styles of organ composition. They will be Felix Mendlessohn, Max Reger, Charles-Marie Widor, Jehan Alain and Gaston Litaize.

A native of Wisconsin, Heller holds degrees from Lawrence University and the Eastman School of Music. He first came to national attention when he was a finalist in the National Young Artist's Competition of the American Guild of Organists in San Francisco in 1984. Since then he has performed throughout the United States, in Canada, France, Guatemala and Mexico.

A frequent lecturer and clinician on church music skills and hymn playing, Heller has spoken at colleges, universities and meetings of the American Guild of Organists, the Hymn Society and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. He is the author of several publications, including a collection of hymn tune descants and the "Manual on Hymn Playing." His recent CD recording on the Calcante label, "Veni Creator Spiritus," features works by several of the composers on the March 14 recital.

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BIDART READS AT UI MARCH 15 -- Poet Frank Bidart, one of the most prominent voices in American poetry, will read from his work at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building on the campus of the University of Iowa in Iowa City. The reading, sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop, is free and open to the public.

Bidart's work has won him a far-reaching reputation as a writer of outstanding originality and scope, and he is known for work that challenges the conventions of traditional poetry. He has written in a variety of forms, but is best known for his dramatic monologues of troubled characters. Much of Bidart's work focuses on the origins and consequences of guilt.

Michael Dirda of Washington Post Book World says "Part of his effectiveness comes from his ability as a storyteller. You long to discover what happens to his poor, doomed people."

Donald Hall, in the Atlantic Monthly, says Bidart "is dramatic and universal, a moral observer of humanity overwhelmed by the suffering he observes and records."

Bidart is the author of the collections "In the Western Night: Collected Poems 1965-90" "The Book of the Body" "Golden State," "The Sacrifice" and "The First Hour of the Night." He has taught at Wellesley College and Brandeis University.

2/28/97