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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

ART OF THE MONTH NOV. 15 -- The third session of the University of Iowa Museum of Art's current Art of the Month mini-course will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 in the museum.

The series, "Who Makes Art: The Role of Scholars, Anthropologists and Ethnographers in Appropriating and Labeling Non-Western Aesthetic Objects," consists of four monthly sessions, each focusing on scholarship's impact on the analysis and exhibition of non-Western art.

The sessions are open to the public free of charge, and are led by Jennifer Vigil, a doctoral student in 20th century American art, and Brenda Molife, a doctoral candidate in African art.

As in past sessions, in Saturday's discussion Vigil and Molife will use examples from the UI Museum of Art's extensive African, Oceanic, Native American and Pre-Columbian collection to illustrate the role of academics in interpreting art from non-Western cultures.

Articles relevant to Saturday's discussion will be placed on reserve in the art library and the museum prior to the session. Participants are encouraged but not required to read the articles before the session.

New participants are welcome to come to any Art of the Month session.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

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THIRD LA FOSSE ANNIVERSARY CONCERT NOV. 16 -- Violinist Leopold La Fosse and the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble will give a concert, the third of a series of four free performances celebrating his 25th anniversary on the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The performances, on four successive Sundays in November, show La Fosse's remarkable diversity as a performer, as he appears as soloist, chamber musician, historical instrument performer and jazz musician.

For the Nov. 16 concert, the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble will perform the Quartet in G major for violin, flute, oboe and bassoon by Telemann; the Concerto for four violins, op. 3 no. 10, of Vivaldi; J.S. Bach's Concerto for Three Violins, BWV 1064; and Vivaldi's popular concerto set, "The Four Seasons."

Appearing with La Fosse will be UI faculty members Mark Weiger, oboe, and Tadeu Coelho, flute; and retired faculty member Ron Tyree, bassoon. La Fosse will be the soloist for the performance of "The Four Seasons."

The one remaining performance of the anniversary series will be the La Fosse Jazz Trio on Nov. 23. Previous concerts were a solo recital with pianist Rene Lecuona Nov. 2, and a recital with the International Trio Nov. 9.

Since joining the UI faculty, La Fosse has made a special effort to learn and teach Baroque performance practice and techniques. He founded the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble, a group specializing in the performance of Baroque music using copies of Baroque instruments and bows. He has made several trips to Vienna to study Baroque performance techniques, and he has performed the cycle of Bach solo sonatas and partitas on both the modern violin and historical instruments.

La Fosse joined the UI music faculty in 1972. His extensive performing career has included solo appearances as well as concertmaster positions with five orchestras. He made his first public appearance at the age of four, and he began a three-year series of engagements on NBC radio at eight.

Today, La Fosse continues an active international career as soloist and chamber musician, with tours in the United States, Europe, South America and Russia. He has twice been to Brazil as a Fulbright lecturer and returns annually to perform, teach, and give master classes. Before coming to the UI he taught at the University of Texas at Austin.

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IWP READING SERIES NOV. 16-- The University of Iowa's International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop will present a joint reading by the Mexican poet Aura Maria Vidales Ibarra de Guerrero and poet Jen Hofer at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

Vidales is one of the leading poets of her generation in Mexico. Her work has been widely anthologized in her country as well as in the United States. Vidales is the first recipient of a fellowship from the National Council of Culture and the Arts to write poetry.

In addition to writing poetry, Vidales is engaged in Mexico's cultural life as a television reporter, and she also organizes literary gatherings. She is a founding member of the World Association of Women Journalists and Writers. Forthcoming is a collection of poetry for children.

Hofer is a second-year graduate student in the poetry division of the Writers' Workshop at UI.

The IWP is a unique residency program, which each fall assembles a community of established writers from all parts of the globe. This fall 31 writers from 25 countries are spending three months at the UI.

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Aura Vidales is pronounced OW-rah/ vee-DAH-les.)

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SCHEPKIN COMPLETES BACH PERFORMANCES NOV. 18 -- Pianist Sergey Schepkin will complete a two-recital performance of J.S. Bach's entire "Well-Tempered Clavier" with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Schepkin, a new member of the University of Iowa School of Music faculty, will play Book II of the "Well-Tempered Clavier" (WTC). The performance will be free and open to the public.

Schepkin recently played the entire WTC for the Brooklyn Friends of Music. These performances, in April and September of this year, and Schepkin's earlier recordings of Bach's music, have elicited comparisons to Glenn Gould, a legendary pianist whose Bach performances and recordings ignited the musical world in the 1950s and '60s.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest musical collections ever composed, the WTC is also a supreme challenge to any keyboard artist. It consists of two books, each containing 24 preludes and fugues -- one in each of the 12 major and 12 minor keys. Each pair links a piece in the style of a free fantasy -- the prelude -- with a fugue, representing the most strict form of composition of Bach's time. Taken together, the two books of the WTC represent a complete test of a performer's technical and expressive abilities.

Schepkin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he began playing the piano at the age of five and later studied with some of Russia's leading teachers at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. After coming to the United States Schepkin earned an Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory, where he is currently completing a doctorate. He received the 1992/93 Presser Foundation Award, the 1993 Harvard Musical Association Award and the 1996 Samuel Chester Award.

As a soloist Schepkin has appeared with the St. Petersburg (formerly the Leningrad) Philharmonic, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Norwegian Broadcasting Symphony and other orchestras. He has performed throughout Russia, Europe and the United States.

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LECTURE ON MEDIEVAL MUSIC NOV. 21 -- Lori Kruckenberg, a visiting faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will speak on activities at the medieval musical center at the Abbey of Saint Gall at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building.

Kruckenberg's lecture, "Ekkehard on Chant Composition: A Medieval Perspective on Musical Activities at the Abbey Saint Gall," will be free and open to the public.

Kruckenberg received a doctorate in musicology from the UI last May. Her UI doctoral dissertation, "The Sequence from 1050-1150: Study of a Genre in Change," was awarded the Rita Benton Outstanding Dissertation Award and the UI Graduate Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Award.

She received Fulbright scholarships for study at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nurenberg, Germany, in 1992-'93 and '93-'94. She has written an article for the outstanding German musical reference encyclopedia, "Die Musik in Geshichte und Gegenwart" (Music in the past and present) and delivered papers at musicological conferences in Europe and the United States.

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GALLERY SERIES PRESENTS 'MANDO Y MUNDO' NOV. 21-23 -- The University Theatres Gallery series will present "Mando y Mundo" by Iowa Playwrights Workshop graduate student Lorenzo Sandoval at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

Directed by Christine Young, a student in the Master of Fine Arts directing program of the UI Department of Theatre Arts, the play tells the story of Mando and Mundo Martinez, brothers who live in a tough Chicano barrio of modern-day San Antonio, Tex.

The boys are intense rivals but also very close, tending to finish each other's sentences, especially in musical form that involves old Mexican songs and outrageous posturing.

The Martinez family is placed in mortal danger by Mundo's plans to become involved in a shady business venture in Miami. This dramatic episode is told with spicy humor and romance, in the "magic realism" style that has been popular with Latino writers. Multiple realities co-exist and are expressed through interwoven elements of shamanism, out-of-body experiences and seamless time travel.

"In writing the play I wanted to tap the color and richness of the Mexican-American culture, and convey our strong sense of family, the beautiful aspects of our religious life and our fascination with the supernatural." says Sandoval, who worked for 22 years in advocacy programs for migrant and seasonal farm workers before coming to the UI.

Admission to "Mando y Mundo" will be $6 ($4 for UI students, senior citizens and audience members 17 and younger) at the door.

The Friday and Saturday night audiences will be invited to remain after the performance for a "talk-back" session with the playwright and director.

11/7/97