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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

FAIRY MUSIC IN THE UI MUSEUM OF ART APRIL 5 -- In a special Music in the Museum performance, the University of Iowa Museum of Art will present a program of songs about fairies and fairy tales at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 5 in the museum.

The performance, which will be free and open to the public, is presented in conjunction with the museum's current exhibition "Victorian Fairy Painting." It is also the concluding event of a three-day symposium sponsored by the museum, "Art to Enchant," which examines the representation of fairies in painting, literature, theater and music.

The musical program has been coordinated by Sven Hansell, a professor of musicology in the UI School of Music. Hansell will accompany student singers from the School of Music in the performance of 22 songs from the 17th through 20th centuries, plus one new song written for the occasion by Hansell.

The student singers will be Jake Endres, Thea Engelson, Maria Gimenez, Gary Haase, Jarad Parker, Laurie Seely, Emily Trockenbrod and Jen Valle. Horn players Steven Schultz and Katie Strang will play hunting calls of the Victorian aristocracy.

The earliest songs on the program are settings of Shakespearean texts from "The Tempest" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream," plays that also provided some of the most popular subject matter for the fairy paintings. There will also be a group of songs by the great English composer Henry Purcell, including several from "The Fairy Queen."

Later songs cover a much broader range of subjects, with fairy tales and legends from different countries and cultures in Europe, from Germany and central Europe to Russia and the Scandinavian countries. Among the composers included in this portion of the program will be Hugo Wolf, Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt, Antonin Dvorak and Alexander Glazunov.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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FILM ON PRE-RAPHAELITE PAINTERS APRIL 8 -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will show "The Pre-Raphaelite Revolt," a short film that explores the early years of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in Victorian painting, at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 8 in the Lasansky Room of the museum.

The film, which is shown as part of the museum's Perspectives series, will be shown in conjunction with the current exhibition "Victorian Fairy Painting." The film and the exhibition are both open to the public free of charge.

Following the film, Pamela Trimpe, curator of the exhibition and assistant director of the museum, will discuss the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites on a selection of paintings in the "Victorian Fairy Painting" exhibition.

Founded in 1848 by seven British artists and writers, including more notably the artists John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt, the Pre-Raphaelite movement sought to reform British painting by eliminating manneristic techniques that were popular at the time. The Pre-Raphaelites considered works created before the Renaissance as examples of "pure" painting, and focused on the attentive study of nature and the direct, heartfelt portrayal of figures.

Trimpe's discussion will focus primarily on Millais' "Ferdinand Lured by Ariel," which is on view in the fairy painting exhibition. The painting illustrates how the Pre-Raphaelites' medievalism collided with their interest in whimsical subject matter to create works that are both realistic and fantastical.

Trimpe said, "The Pre-Raphaelite movement had a very strong influence on Victorian painting, primarily in terms of how the artists depicted nature and shifted towards realistic detail."

"Ferdinand Lured by Ariel" is on loan to the museum from the Makins collection.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1997-98 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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 film showing. 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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GALLERY SERIES PRESENTS WELLMAN'S 'CAT'S-PAW' APRIL 8-11 -- The University Theatres Gallery series will present "Cat's-Paw" by Mac Wellman at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, April 8-11 in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

Wellman is a nationally known playwright who lives in the Twin Cities. He has been a UI guest artist at the Iowa Playwrights Festival. His quirky plays are known for their unique brand of weird and humorous language that exposes the unspeakable things that may happen beneath the surface of an ordinary conversation.

In "Cat's-Paw," subtitled "A Meditation on the Don Juan Theme," four women discuss their lives, loves and losses against the backdrop of New York skyscrapers. Their stories reveal three generations that have resisted the contemporary social forces that threaten to overwhelm individuals.

"In surrealist style, using familiar relationships -- mother-daughter, best friends -- Wellman explores women's estrangement from themselves and each other in an era in which the material fulfillment of feminist goals suggests that the struggle to give women a voice in society has been won," says director Christine Young, a student in the UI department of theatre arts. "His humorous play critiques this notion and intuits that while women have gained material success, they have begun to lose sense of their own way of experiencing the world."

Other student artistic contributors to the "Cat's-Paw" production are set designer Carolyn Barrientes, lighting designer Parlit Thossilaporn, costume designer Christine Cook and sound designer Sean Williams.

Admission will be $4 ($2 for UI students, senior citizens and youth) at the door.

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BRASS ENSEMBLES CONCERT APRIL 11 -- Student brass ensembles from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The groups are directed by David Gier, a member of the School of Music faculty. Trumpeter David Greenhoe, also a music faculty member, will be featured soloist for one piece.

The concert will begin with a brass arrangement of music from the "Vespers to the Blessed Virgin" by the early Baroque Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi. Originally written for the expansive and resonant spaces of Venice's St. Mark's Cathedral, in this arrangement the "Vespers" will be played by the Old Capitol Brass Quintet and two additional quintets. Later the Old Capitol Brass Quintet will return to perform Alvin Etler's Quintet for Brass Instruments.

Greenhoe will be featured in a performance of the Concerto for Seven Trumpets and Timpani of the 18th-century composer Johann Ernst Altenburg.

The remainder of the program will be performed by the UI Brass Choir under the direction of Michael Flynt. They will play Walter Hartley's Sinfonia No. 3 for brass choir; arrangements of three popular selections by Serge Prokofiev -- the March from "Love for Three Oranges," and "Troika" and "Kije's Wedding" from "Lieutenant Kije," and Gunther Schuller's Symphony for Brass and Percussion.

3/27/98