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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
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
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
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