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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SECOND LA FOSSE ANNIVERSARY CONCERT NOV. 9 -- Violinist Leopold La Fosse
will perform with the International Trio, in the second of a series of
four free recitals celebrating his 25th anniversary on the faculty of the
University of Iowa School of Music, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, 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. 9 concert, the International Trio will perform the Trio
in D major, op. 70 no. 1, of Beethoven, known as the "Ghost"
Trio; the Duo for Violin and Violoncello of Zoltan Kodaly, performed by
La Fosse and cellist Terry King; and the Trio in D minor, op. 32, of Anton
Remaining performances will feature La Fosse as director and soloist
with the La Fosse Baroque Orchestra, on Nov. 16; and with the La Fosse
Jazz Trio on Nov. 23.
Chamber music, the most collaborative of musical endeavors, has long
been important for La Fosse, who has performed with most of his faculty
colleagues at the UI School of Music. "You can't be a complete musician
without chamber music experience," La Fosse says. "It's important
to engage in the give-and-take of close collaboration with other musicians."
Formed in 1980, the International Trio consists of La Fosse with pianist
Howard Aibel of the University of Northern Iowa and cellist Terry King
of Texas Tech University. The Trio has performed throughout the Midwest
and around the world, including a tour to Russia that featured both concerts
and master classes.
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.
In addition to performing with the International Trio, King plays with
the Mirecourt Trio and is currently engaged in two recording projects:
playing American cello works for the Music and Arts label, and recording
the complete Beethoven works for cello for the Erasmus label. He has also
recorded chamber and solo works for numerous other labels.
Aibel has performed extensively as a solo recitalist, a soloist with
orchestra and a chamber musician. He recently completed his sixth tour
of the Far East, with performances in Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Hong
Kong and Taiwan. Before his appointment at the University of Northern Iowa
he taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Juilliard School
in New York.
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PERSPECTIVES NOV. 12 -- Fairfield artist, writer and photographer Mark
Paul Petrick will present a slide lecture about his experiences during
a research trip to India at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the University
of Iowa Museum of Art.
The lecture, which is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives program,
will be open to the public free of charge. It is presented in conjunction
with "Mark Paul Petrick: The India Pictures," an exhibition of
Petrick's black-and-white photographs taken in India that will be on display
at the museum through Jan. 4.
Petrick spent three months in 1993-94 traveling throughout India to
research art and artists of the Indian Vedic tradition. During the trip
he took several hundred black and white photographs and thousands of color
Petrick said, "The experience of newness and wonder that an unfamiliar
place engenders is conducive to the state of appreciation necessary to
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 Petrick's talk. 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.
NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Petrick is pronounced PEE-trick.
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IWP PANEL DISCUSSION NOV. 12 -- The University of Iowa International
Writing Program (IWP) will present a free panel discussion on "Archetypes
of the Millennium" at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the International
Center Lounge on the UI campus. The event, co-sponsored by UI International
Programs, is the final discussion of a three-month series.
Panelists will be Bekes Pal of Hungary, Aura Maria Vidales of Mexico,
Aleksey Varlamov of Russia, Peter Macsovszky of Slovakia and former IWP
member Martin Roper of Ireland. The moderator of the discussion will be
Brooks Landon, a faculty member of the UI English department.
A light meal will be served after the panel. To RSVP for the meal, call
International Programs at 319-335-0637, or e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The IWP is hosting 31 prominent writers from 25 countries for three-month
residencies, which end in November.
NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Bekes Pal is pronounced BEH-kesh PAHL; Macsovszky
is pronounced mah-CHOF-shkee.
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WRITERS' WORKSHOP/IWP GALLERY READING NOV. 12 -- The University of Iowa
International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop will
present a joint reading by fiction writer Jasmina Tesanovic of Yugoslavia
and poet Karri Harrison at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Arts Iowa City
gallery of the Jefferson Building, 129 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa
City. The reading is free and open to the public.
Tesanovic writes, translates and edits both fiction and nonfiction dealing
with women's issues. In 1994 she co-founded the first women's publishing
house in Serbia. Tesanovic recently served as editor of "The Suitcase,"
stories of women refugees, and she is at work on a novel exploring women's
history, language and psychology.
She also has assisted in the production and writing of several films
in Italy and Belgrade, has worked on movies for Belgrade television and
has given video-art performances. Tesanovic currently teaches creative
writing at the Women's Studies organization in Belgrade.
Harrison is a second-year graduate student in the poetry division of
UI 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 31 writers
from 25 countries are spending three months at the UI.
NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Jasmina Tesanovic is pronounced yash-MEE-nah/
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UI GALLERY SERIES PREMIERES 'ICE' NOV. 13-16 -- The University Theatres
Gallery series will present "Ice, or Cry Me a River from Des Moines
to Korea that Runs Through Alaska," written by University of Iowa
students under the direction of visiting playwriting faculty member Erik
Ehn, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15, and at 3 p.m. Sunday,
Nov. 16, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.
Theater, song and dance combine as "Ice" journeys through
lands peopled by ice pirates, talking dogs, ghosts, a butter cow and beatnik
Writing about "Ice," Ehn describes the play as depicting a
woman's yearning for connection: "A Des Moines woman journeys to community;
a community journeys through the geography of one woman's character. Rebekah
-- played at different times by six different actors -- labors to make
sense of an evolving marriage, family, solitude and life's shifting, unpredictable
tests. Trials take her around the world to reunion with . . . her own bitter-sweet
sense of possibility."
"Ice" is Ehn's second production at the UI. Two seasons ago
he collaborated with composer Lisa Bielawa on the circus-like musical spectacle
"Ideas of Good and Evil," which was premiered on University Theatres
Drawing comparisons to playwrights including Mac Wellman, Eric Overmyer,
Suzan Lori-Parks and Sam Shepard, Ehn is known for creating surreal, hallucinatory
dramas including "Little Rootie Tootie," "AOK" (Anarchy
in the Oklahoma Kingdom), "Red Sheets" and "Wolf at the
Ehn describes his writing as "an attempt to recapture childlike
impulses," and he says of realism, "I don't think it penetrates
anymore. Americans are actually better at surrealism. Take the Rose Bowl
Parade: You'd have to go to the ends of the earth to find a ritual as bizarre."
Admission to "Ice" will be $6 ($3 for UI students, senior
citizens and audience member 17 and younger) at the door.
The play contains material of an adult nature. Potential audience members
who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should call
the UI Department of Theatre Arts, 319-335-2700, for additional information.
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MUSIC HISTORY LECTURE NOV. 14 -- Philippe Vendrix, a musicologist with
positions at the University of Tours, France, and the University of Liege,
Belgium, will speak on "The Queen, the King, and his Mistress: An
Essay on the Concept of Difference during the 'Querelle des Bouffons'"
at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building
on the UI campus.
The "Querelle des Bouffons" (War of the Bouffons) was a controversy
that raged in Paris 1752-54 over the relative merits of French and Italian
opera. It was set off by performances in 1752 by an Italian comic opera
company known as the Bouffons. Their supporters championed the "natural"
Italian style of singing as opposed to the "artificial" French
style, but many others -- including members of the royal court -- continued
to support French opera.
An unusually prolific scholar, Vendrix has published books, articles
and musical editions of music from the Renaissance and the 17th and 18th
centuries. His articles have appeared in many European scholarly journals
and references works, as well as "The New Grove Dictionary of Music,"
"The New Grove Dictionary of Opera" and other English-language
Vendrix's free talk will be presented by the Musicology Colloquium and
Theory Seminar of the UI School of Music.
NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Philippe Vendrix is pronounced fee-leep vawn-dree