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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

MUSEUM TOUR AND MUSIC NOV. 2 -- A docent of the University of Iowa Museum of Art will present a guided tour of the museum's current exhibitions at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2. The tour will be followed by a Music in the Museum performance by the folk-music band Black Sheep at 2 p.m.

The tour and concert will be open to the public free of charge.

Black Sheep will perform songs from a wide range of musical genres, including folk rock, blues, Celtic and jazz. They will also perform several original songs that they plan to include in their upcoming third CD recording, tentatively titled "Sheep Thrills."

Nov. 2 is the final day for two exhibitions, "Technique and Inspiration: African Fabrics" and "Robert Wilson: Sets for Alceste and Parsifal." Other exhibitions on view include "Artifacts of the Eternal Network"; and several exhibition taken from the museum's permanent collection. A new exhibition, opening Nov. 1, will be "Mark Paul Petrick: The India Pictures."

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

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UNIVERSITY CHOIR FALL CONCERT NOV. 2 -- The University Choir from the University of Iowa School of Music will sing their fall-semester concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, which will be free and open to the public, will be directed by UI doctoral student Melanie Jacobson, who serves on the faculty of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.

The program ranges broadly in styles from the early Baroque setting of Psalm 112, "Beatus Vir," by Claudio Monteverdi, to the expressive polytonal cantata "Behold I Build an House" by contemporary American composer Lucas Foss.

Part songs and quartets by Franz Schubert and Johannes Brahms will be performed, followed by several works inspired by the sea: Gustav Holst's exuberant ballad "Swansea Town," Gerrard Williams' melancholy tone poem "Calm" and two rousing choruses from Benjamin Britten's opera "Peter Grimes."

Accompanists for the concert will be pianist Matthew Faerber and organist Adrienne Cox.

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WOMEN'S CHORALE CONCERT NOV. 4 -- The University of Iowa Women's Chorale will present its first free concert of the 1997-98 season at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

A select group of 30 singers, the Women's Chorale will be conducted by UI graduate student Kelly Bjugan.

The program will feature portions of the "Stabat Mater" of 18th-century composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, featuring organist Sarah Boe, a graduate student in the School of Music. Other works on the program will be two 16th-century English madrigals by Thomas Morely, Maurice Durufle's "Tota pulchra est" and Johannes Brahms' setting of "Ave Maria."

Daniel Afonso, a graduate student in choral conducting, is the pianist for the Women's Chorale.

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PERSPECTIVES NOV. 5 -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will show "The New York School," a film that examines the careers of a wide range of contemporary artists who lived and worked in post-World War II New York, at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the museum. The showing is open to the public free of charge.

Many well-known artists are discussed in the film, including Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and Phillip Guston, who taught at the University of Iowa in the 1940s.

The film seeks to explore the common spirit exhibited by the otherwise eclectic group. Artists in the New York School tended to favor large scale canvasses and broad, improvisational brush strokes, and refused to imitate European masters and styles.

Paintings by New York School artists from the museum's permanent collection are on display in the museum's Sculpture Garden, including Pollack's "Mural, 1943," and Robert Motherwell's "Elegy to the Spanish Republic, Number 126."

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 the Perspectives program. Admission is free.

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SCHUBERT LECTURE NOV. 7 -- Rita Steblin, an independent scholar and researcher at the International Franz Schubert Institute in Vienna, will speak on "Schubert and the 'Unsinn Gesellschaft' " (Schubert and the 'Nonsense Society') at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus.

Steblin has published numerous articles on Schubert and Beethoven, who were living at the same time in early 19th-century Vienna. Most recently, she has reported on the discovery of the earliest, and hitherto unknown, portrait of Beethoven in an article in the Journal of the American Musicological Society.

Steblin's free 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 READING NOV. 9 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop will present a joint reading by Hungarian author Bekes Pal and poet Gillian Kiley at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

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. The author also works as chief editor of literature and theater for Hungarian Television.

Kiley, who will read from her most recent work, is a second-year graduate student in poetry division of the UI Writers' Workshop.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this fall, the IWP remains unique in world literature. Authors participating in the IWP 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. During their stay in Iowa City, many of the authors travel to other universities and cities throughout the United States -- under the auspices of the IWP -- to present lectures, readings and symposia. The program is the primary contact through which many foreign authors know the United States; it helps many in getting their work translated and published in the United States.

Over the course of three decades the IWP has hosted more than 1,100 writers from more than 110 countries. Thirty-one writers from 25 countries are in residence at the UI through November.

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Bekes Pal is pronounced BEH-kesh PAHL)

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10/24/97