CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
OLD CAPITOL CENTER PUTS ON THE DOGS OCT. 7 -- The public and the media
will have an opportunity to meet the Tap Dogs cast and sample their industrial-strength
Australian version of tap dancing at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the
Old Capitol Mall in downtown Iowa City. (Please note that earlier publicity
listed noon as the starting time.)
Hancher Auditorium will present eight Tap Dogs performances, Oct. 7-12.
The 12:30 p.m. event will include a drawing for free Tap Dogs tickets,
Tap Dogs t-shirts and free meals at Jimmy's Bistro in Iowa City. The public
can sign up for the drawing at the Tap Dogs construction-site display in
the Old Capitol Mall.
The Old Capitol Mall demonstration will also feature two young people
from Grant Wood Elementary School in Iowa City, who will be taught a brief
Tap Dogs routine.
The MC for the event will be Dennis Green, an on-air personality at
KDAT-FM, one of the corporate sponsors of Tap Dogs through the University
of Iowa Foundation.
Following the Old Capitol Mall event the Tap Dogs will move across the
street to Active Endeavors, an outlet for Blundstone boots, the Australian
work boots worn in Tap Dogs performances.
Tickets for the Tap Dogs performances are available from the Hancher
box office, 319-335-1160, or toll-free in Iowa and western Illinois, 1-800-HANCHER.
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WAGNER LECTURE OCT. 10 -- Berthold Hoeckner will present a free public
lecture on "Wagner and Evil" at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in
Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building on the University of Iowa campus.
Hoeckner, who is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago,
is a musicologist specializing in the music of the 19th century. In 1996
he was commissioned by the Chicago Lyric Opera to present a series of lectures
preceding performances of Wagner's monumental "Ring" cycle. The
Oct. 10 talk has been adapted from those lectures.
In his talk, Hoeckner will focus on the controversial issues of Wagner's
anti-semitism and nationalism. He will examine issues of ethics and evil
in Wagner's writings and the music itself, as well as the problematic reception
and appropriation of Wagner's music over the years.
Hoeckner's talk will be presented by the Musicology Colloquium and Theory
Seminar of the UI School of Music.
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IWP AND WRITERS' WORKSHOP READINGS SERIES OCT. 12 -- The University
of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop
will present a joint reading by poet Lourdes Espinola of Paraguay and fiction
writer Mark Baechtel at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in Prairie Lights Books,
15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to
One of the major literary figures of Paraguay, Espinola has published
eight collections of poetry. She is the author of numerous works of scholarship
on literary subjects, in particular concerning women's literature in her
country. The author's most recent collection of poems, "La Estrategia
del Caracol," has been praised as "a sincere manifestation of
the affectionate impulse, of sensual fire, decanted with precise intensity."
Her work has been translated into English and French.
Mark Baechtel is a second-year graduate student in the fiction division
of the UI's Writers' Workshop.
The IWP is a unique residency program, which each fall assembles a community
of established writers from all parts of the globe. This fall 35 writers
from 28 countries will spend three months at the UI.
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Lourdes Espinola is pronounced LOOR-des/ ES-pee-NO-lah.)
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JOE HALDEMAN READING OCT. 12 -- The acclaimed novelist Joe Haldeman,
known for his literary science fiction as well as realism, will read from
his work at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque
St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading, sponsored by the University of
Iowa Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights, is free and open to the public.
The reading will be broadcast live on the "Live From Prairie Lights"
series originating on WSUI radio, AM 910.
Haldeman, a Vietnam veteran and an alumnus of the Writers' Workshop,
is the Hugo- and Nebula- award winning author of "Forever War,"
"1968" and, most recently, "Forever Peace," among other
Of "1968" Peter Straub says: "With corrosive, unsentimental
wit, dead-on observation and a hovering, unspoken sorrow, Joe Haldeman
magically gives us the essence of the century's most traumatic year, when
violence and madness asserted themselves as the real heart of the American
The New York Times says Haldeman's "prose is as clear and engaging
as his ideas."
The New York Review of Science Fiction calls Haldeman "an enormously
talented author struggling with and reworking a series of interrelated
themes: the nature of war and what it does to the human soul, the link
between gender and violence, the need to find meaningful connections with
others despite the dangers involved."
Haldeman currently is an adjunct professor at Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, where he teaches writing.
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NEW MUSIC CONCERT OCT. 12 -- The Composers Workshop of the University
of Iowa School of Music will present six works by graduate student composers
in a free public concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in Clapp Recital Hall
on the UI campus.
The Composers Workshop is a collaborative project between composers
and performers in the UI School of Music. It is devoted to the performance
of music written at the UI and aims to foster greater cooperation and interplay
between composers and performers in the Iowa City area. The workshop is
directed by Martin Jenni, professor of music in the theory and composition
department of the School of Music.
Works on the Oct. 12 concert will be:
-- "Ceilings" for solo piano by Mark Chubb;
-- "Study" for digital tape by Jon Southwood;
-- "Now Here is Nowhere" for double bass and digital tape
by Mark Halloran;
-- "Escapades" for piano by John Kramer;
-- "Pipeline" for trumpet and digital tape by doctoral student
John Allemeier; and
-- "You Take My Hand And," a setting for mezzo-soprano and
small ensemble of a poem of the same title by Margaret Atwood, composed
by Andrew Hauschild.
Chubb's "Ceilings" is a musical illustration of an invisible,
but real, ceiling, as in the current phrase "the glass ceiling."
In the piece, piano arpeggios attempt to break through a barrier imposed
by register. At the same time, the even note values of the arpeggio gradually
become more irregular as they break through a rhythmic barrier.
Halloran described "Now Here is Nowhere," writing that the
double bass emerges from "a low murk of electronic sounds." After
a faster section, in which the bass jumps from one style to another, "The
two parts work together, forming a friendly little competition between
them. Eventually the bass returns to its initial state, sinking back into
In composing "Pileline," Allemeir has written, "there
was a constant struggle for the foreground between the trumpet and tape.
My intentions were to compose an electronic backdrop to a trumpet solo,
but by creating the tape part first it was always pushing to the fore."
Jenni said of the workshop, "It provides a wonderful opportunity
for composers and performers to work together, and both groups benefit.
The performers can know exactly what the composer wants, because the composer
is right there. On the other hand, the composer gets constant feedback
from the performers, learning what does or doesn't work in a particular
The Composers Workshop performance season is managed by a doctoral composition
student, thus affording composers practical experience in organizing performances
of new music.
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POETS STEVEN CRAMER AND THOMAS SWISS READING OCT. 13 -- Two young, highly
praised poets, Steven Cramer and Thomas Swiss, will read from their work
at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in
downtown Iowa City. The reading, sponsored by the University of Iowa's
Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights, is free and open to the public. The
reading will be broadcast live as part of the "Live From Prairie Lights"
series on WSUI radio, AM 910.
Cramer, a graduate of the UI Writers' Workshop, is the author most recently
of the collection "Dialogue for the Left and Right Hand." His
work has appeared in periodicals including the Nation, the Atlantic Monthly,
the Harvard Review, Agni, the Paris Review and the New Republic.
Of Cramer's work poet Mark Doty says: "This poet has made a pact
with emotional life that goes like this: 'Nothing here will be inflated,
everything will be confronted and whatever musical feeling will yield will
be tuned to the heart's true pitch.' Thus, full as they are with the difficult
stuff of the real, these poems also startle us with their plain and daily
Cramer currently teaches literature and poetry at Bennington College.
Swiss also is a graduate of the Writers' Workshop. A poet as well as
widely published literary critic, Swiss is co-editor of the book "Mapping
the Beat: Popular Music and Contemporary Theory." His most recent
poetry collection is titled "Rough Cut."
Of "Rough Cut" author David Wojahn says: "Thomas Swiss
has crafted a quietly ferocious poetry of deep psychological insight and
great vernacular clarity. . . Swiss treats his characters with a kind of
dignity and stubborn tenderness that makes the best of these poems nothing
short of remarkable."
Swiss is a professor of English at Drake University. His poems have
appeared in numerous publications including Agni, Boston Review, the Iowa
Review, Blue Mesa Review, Outerbridge and the Nebraska Review.
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IWP PANEL OCT. 15 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program
(IWP) will present a free panel discussion on "The Writer as Translator"
at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Room 304 of the UI English Philosophy
Participating in the discussion will be Zakaria Arrifin of Malaysia,
Suchen Christine Lim of Singapore, Pal Bekes of Hungary and Guillermo Quintero
Montano of Mexico.
Ariffin is the author of 10 plays, including "The Opera House,"
which received numerous national awards. He has written books for children
and young adults as well as 20 scripts for video, 80 essays, reviews and
criticism. Ariffin is research officer and language-planning officer at
the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka literary organization of Malaysia. He also
teaches script-writing and drama at the National Art Academy in Kuala Lumpur
and is a freelance writer-director for Malay television.
Bekes is a playwright, fiction writer and translator. A well-established
playwright, Bekes is regularly commissioned to translate and stage plays
written originally in English. He has published novels and collections
of short stories in addition to works for theater. Bekes has been the recipient
of a Fulbright Fellowship at Columbia University and is a member of the
Hungarian Writers' Union and PEN. Bekes also works as chief editor of literature
and theater for Hungarian Television.
In 1992 Lim was the first writer to receive the Singapore Literature
Prize, which she won for her third novel, "Fistful of Colours."
The author, who also specializes in applied linguistics, works as a curriculum
advisor in the Singapore Ministry of Education. She is in Iowa City on
a Fulbright grant through the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
Quintero writes fiction and nonfiction and is a renowned scholar in
his country, where he is senior professor of American and English literature
at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. As mentor to several generations
of students, Quintero has been instrumental in developing many of Mexico's
current scholars, authors, translators and researchers of American and
The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) has brought
to the campus 31 prominent writers from 25 countries for three-month residencies,
which end in November. The writers range in stature from those who are
among the most well known literary figures in their countries and those
with international impact, to promising young writers just emerging into
prominence. The IWP panels will continue most Wednesdays through Nov. 12.
NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Zakaria Arrifin is pronounced zah-KAR-yah/ ar-REE-feen;
Pal Bekes -- PAHL/ BEH-kesh; Suchen Lim -- SOO-chen/ lim; Guillermo Quintero
-- gi-YER-moh/ keen-TEH-ro.
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PLAY ABOUT GULF WAR ILLNESS PREMIERES OCT. 16-19 -- The University Theatres
Gallery series will present "Raymond," a new play about Gulf
War syndrome written by University of Iowa student Wesley Broulik and directed
by Mark Swaner, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 16-18, and at
3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.
The Saturday-night audience will be invited to remain after the show
for a free discussion. A special guest at the discussion will be Cedar
Rapids resident Sonny Bonafice, whose husband is a disabled veteran of
the Gulf War.
"Raymond" tells the story of three veterans of the Persian
Gulf War who get together on Thanksgiving weekend a year after the suicide
of their friend, Raymond. The weekend's interactions reveal much about
the ways that the war changed the men, including the fact that all three
are suffering from Gulf War syndrome.
Broulik based his script on actual accounts by Gulf War veterans.
Admission to "Raymond" will be $6 ($4 for UI students, senior
citizens and audience members 17 and younger) at the door.
This production contains material of an adult nature. Potential audience
members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should
contact the UI Department of Theatre Arts at 319-335-2700.
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LECTURE ABOUT 'NEW' MOZART SCORE OCT. 17 -- David Buch, a professor
of music at the University of Northern Iowa, will discuss some previously
undiscovered music by Mozart that he found in a Viennese manuscript, in
a free public lecture at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in Room 1027 of the
Voxman Music Building on the University of Iowa campus.
In a Viennese archive, Buch discovered an 18th-century manuscript of
"Der Stein der Weisen" (The philosopher's stone) that had clear
attributions to Mozart for some portions of the score. A little-known opera,
"Der Stein der Weisen" had been performed in Vienna during Mozart's
lifetime. It was known to scholars that Mozart could have contributed to
the score, but Buch's discovery was the first clear indication how much
and what portions might be by Mozart.
Buch's discovery of the "new" music by Mozart was front page
news in the New York Times last spring. Controversy has followed, with
scholars taking sides on the likelihood of the music actually being by
In his talk, Buch will consider the musical quality and the compositional
style of the pieces, attempting to show whether analysis can be of help
in the task of attribution.
Buch holds a doctorate from Northwestern University. His research specialty
is the music of the 17th and 18th centuries, particularly opera. He has
had articles published in leading musicological journals, including Acta
Musicologica, Musical Quarterly, Opera Journal and Revue de musicologie.
He is currently preparing a book on opera, ""Magic Flutes and
Enchanted Forests: Music and the Supernatural in the 18th-Century Theatre."
As a performer, Buch has played with the Chicago Symphony, the Eckstein
String Quartet and the period ensembles Basically Baroque and Measure for
Measure, and he has presented solo recitals on lute, classical guitar and
viola da gamba.
Buch's talk will be presented by the Musicology Colloquium and Theory
Seminar of the UI School of Music.