CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
(NOTE TO EDITORS: A separate release will be sent Feb. 20 to preview
the March 12 Hancher Auditorium concert of the Colorado Quartet)
Reading-group sign-up in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Lisbon begins Dec.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Registration will begin Dec. 1 for reading groups
at the Iowa City, Cedar Rapids and Lisbon libraries, in conjunction with
the winter residency of the Colorado Quartet at the University of Iowa
Hancher Auditorium. Together with the Colorado Quartet, the January-March
reading groups will explore the expression of personal identity in music
The four weeks of reading-group activities will lead up to a Hancher
concert by the Colorado Quartet March 12. The concert will feature full
performances of pieces excerpted in the reading-group sessions.
The reading groups are free, and the books will be provided. With the
moderation of Paul Ingram of Prairie Lights Books, the reading groups will
address identity issues ranging from ethnic or racial identity to the immigrant
experience in America. Among the books that will be read are "Dvorak
in Love" by Josef Skvorecky, the play "Amadeus" by Peter
Shaffer, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston
and "Jasmine" by Bharati Mukherjee.
The Colorado Quartet will participate in the discussions and also play
movements of string quartets that are linked to the discussion issues.
In Iowa City, those who wish to participate must register and pick up
their books at the audio-visual desk of the Iowa City Public Library. Registration
and book pick-up in Cedar Rapids is in the administrative office on the
second floor of the Cedar Rapids Public Library. To register at the Lisbon
Library, call Amy White at (319) 455-2800.
For additional information in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, call the Iowa
City Public Library at (319) 356-5200 or Janet Rater at the Cedar Rapids
Public Library, (319) 398-5123.
The reading groups are part of seven weeks of Colorado Quartet residency
at the UI during the 1997-98 season. This fall the quartet worked with
churches in Iowa City and Muscatine to explore connections between spirituality
and music, leading up to a Nov. 3 Hancher concert.
Planning for this ambitious project began three years ago and was advanced
with a 1996-97 planning grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund,
through the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).
The Colorado Quartet visited the UI last season, and met with representatives
of each of the community organizations projected to participate. This planning
process became the basis for the successful application for a much larger
Lila Wallace-Readers' Digest Fund Arts Partners Program grant to implement
For information about the residency, call Judith Hurtig at (319) 335-1136,
or check the Hancher page on the World Wide Web: <http://www.uiowa.edu/~hancher/>.
The Hancher concerts are part of the Group 5 Hospitality Chamber Music
Series, for which the corporate sponsor is the Group 5 Hospitality Management
Division of Highlander, Inc., through the University of Iowa Foundation.