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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
CONCERT OF MUSIC BY UI STUDENTS DEC. 6 -- The Composers Workshop at
the University of Iowa School of Music will present a concert of new works
by five student composers at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec.6 in Clapp Recital Hall
on the UI campus.
The concert, featuring student performers from the School of Music,
will be free and open to the public.
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 pieces on the Dec. 6 program call for a variety of performing media,
from small instrumental ensembles, to voice and piano to mixed choir.
Doctoral composition student Evangelia Kikou is represented on the program
by two pieces: "Lied" (Song) for mezzo-soprano and piano and
"Notias" for mixed choir.
"Wheat Fields" by senior composition student Michael Cash
is scored for oboe and the non-standard string quartet of violin, viola,
cello and bass.
Eric Durian is a senior composition major. His "Availa" for
flute and clarinet was written in 1997. The name is taken from a small
beachfront town in California where the composer spent some time and where
the ideas for the piece began taking shape.
Graduate composition student J. J. Hudson wrote "Vicious Triangles"
for an instrumental trio of oboe, flute and clarinet. It was composed for
the centennial celebration of Elizabeth Hall Chapel, a performance hall
on the campus of Stetson University in Deland, Fla.
"The Flames Unveil the Cinders" by senior composition major
Demian Bourne is a single movement for two pianos. The composer says that
in his work, "one after another, chords unfold, accumulate, are overwhelmed
and gratuitously annihilated."
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SCOTT ANDERSON READS DEC. 7 -- Correspondent Scott Anderson will read
from his new book, "Triage," at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Prairie Lights
Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.
Anderson's new novel tells the story of a war correspondent's harrowing,
traumatic experiences during the recent fighting in Kurdestan.
"Only an experienced war reporter would have this story inside
him, and only a first rate writer would know how to tell it. Anderson is
a rare combination of both," observes Sebastian Junger, author of
"A Perfect Storm."
The reading will be broadcast live on radio stations WSUI am 910 and
WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.
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JAZZ LAB BAND DEC. 7 -- The Jazz Lab Band from the University of Iowa
School of Music will perform a concert of big-band jazz, including works
of composers Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Thad Jones at 8 p.m. Monday,
Dec. 7 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The band, which is directed by graduate student Mike Giles, has the
full big-band instrumentation of large reed and horn sections, plus a rhythm
section of drums, bass and piano.
A part of the instructional program of the jazz area in the UI School
of Music, the band aims to give student performers experience in a wide
variety of big-band jazz styles. The Dec. 7 program will reflect that diversity,
with pieces from the swing era up to contemporary jazz.
Works on the program will include Ellington's "Rain Check";
Thad Jones' "Greetings and Salutations," featuring the rhythm
section; Bill Holman's version of "Lush Life," with trumpet soloist
Michael Cord; "Gentle Piece" by Kenny Wheeler; and Thelonious
Monk's "Straight, No Chaser," as arranged by Quincy Jones.
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STEEL BANDS CONCERT DEC. 8 -- Two steel bands from the University of
Iowa School of Music will share the program of a free concert at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The two groups -- the Steel Pan Ensemble, directed by UI graduate student
Tim Shaw, and the UI Steel Band, directed by School of Music faculty member
Dan Moore -- will play a combination of traditional Caribbean tunes and
contemporary pieces for steel drums.
The steel pans, or steel drums as they are variously known, are actually
55-gallon oil barrels that have been carefully crafted into tuned musical
instruments. Originating on the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, these
tuned drums have a remarkable timbre that is immediately recognizable as
a Caribbean sound. They characteristically play the infectious Calypso,
Soca and Reggae music of the West Indies, as well as Afro-Cuban, American
pop and other styles -- even including arrangements of classical music.
Starting as a single volunteer group in 1994, the UI steel band has
grown to the point that the percussion area of the UI School of Music now
maintains the two complete steel bands that will play on the Dec. 8 concert.
The Steel Pan Ensemble is open by audition to any student at the UI. It
serves as a training ensemble to the UI Steel Band, which consists of percussion
majors in the School of Music and other outstanding percussion students.
The UI Steel Band performs throughout Iowa.
For their joint concert, the Steel Pan Ensemble will play "Rant
and Rave" by Christopher "Tambu" Herbert; "Both of
Them" by the Caribbean artist known as "The Mighty Sparrow";
"The Proposal," a traditional tune: and Bob Marley's "Jammin'."
The UI Steel Band will play David Rudder's "Bahia Girl"; "Steelband
Paradise" by Ray Holman; "Beat 70" by American jazz star
Pat Metheny; "Sly Mongoose," a traditional steel-pan tune; "Little
Linda" by Jay Beckenstein of the pop-jazz group Spyrogyra: and the
traditional "Mary Ann."
An internationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore
has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical
styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard, drum
set, ethnic instruments and multi-percussion, Moore is considered a "total
Since 1985 Moore has toured as a member of the Britain/Moore Duo, an
acoustic/electronic mix of marimba, steel pans and percussion. Their CD
"Cricket City" was described by a critic as "a brilliant
collage of pan-marimba music."
Shaw is a UI graduate assistant in percussion. A graduate of the University
of Southern Mississippi, he specializes in steel drums and ethnic music.
He teaches percussion in the Music Therapy program and also teaches percussion
at Cornell College, where is an advisor to their steel band.
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UNIVERSITY AND CONCERT BANDS DEC. 9 -- The University and Concert Bands
from the University of Iowa School of Music will present their fall semester
concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The concert will be free and open to the public.
Two of the large wind ensembles at the School of Music, the University
and Concert Bands are open to all students at the UI. Both groups are filled
The Concert Band will be directed by UI graduate assistant Scott Lubaroff.
They will play the "Suite Francaise" by Darius Milhaud; "Celebrations"
by John Zdechlik; "La Fiesta Mexicana" by H. Owen Reed; Prelude
by Dmitri Shostakovich; and "Little English Girl" by Delle Cese.
The University Band will be directed by graduate assistant Andrew Mast.
They will play "Flourish for Wind Band" by Ralph Vaughan-Williams;
Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo by Malcolm Arnold; an arrangement of the piano
piece "Country Gardens" by Percy Grainger; "Nimrod"
from the "Enigma" Variations by Edward Elgar; and "Pageant"
by Vincent Persichetti.
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MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM READS DEC. 10 -- Novelist Michael Cunningham, a graduate
of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his new book,
"Hours," at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 in Prairie Lights Books,
15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.
His new book focuses on the passion and genius of Virginia Woolf. Publisher's
Weekly says "the gargantuan accomplishment of this small book is that
it makes a reader believe in the possibility and depth of a communality
based on great literature, literature that has shown people how to live
and what to ask."
Cunningham is also the author of the national bestseller "Flesh
The reading will be broadcast live on radio stations WSUI AM 910 and
WOI AM 640 as part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series.
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GREGORIAN CHANT PERFORMANCE DEC. 10 -- Cantores, a singing group specializing
in the performance of Gregorian chant, will present a free concert of music
for Advent at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec.10 in Old Brick, 26 East Market St.
in Iowa City. The performance, which will be free and open to the public,
is sponsored by the University of Iowa School of Music and Lutheran Campus
Cantores consists of seven singers, including faculty and students of
the UI School of Music. The group is directed by Martin Jenni, a UI professor
of composition and music theory.
Advent, from the Latin word for "the coming," is the month-long
season immediately preceding Christmas in the Christian liturgical calendar.
For the Dec. 10 performance, Cantores will sing settings of the Latin scriptures
used during Sunday and weekday Mass during the Advent season.
The music will be grouped by the subject matter of the texts, representing
major themes that recur throughout Advent. Thus, one group of chants refers
to the promise of a Redeemer found in the Hebrew prophets, while another
has to do with the imminence of the birth of Jesus. The music of the chants
ranges from simple recitation formulas to complex compositions that contrast
florid choral melodies with solo chants.
Cantores was founded by Jenni in 1979. They perform using a form of
chant notation developed in the 10th century at the monastery of St. Gall
in Switzerland. They perform in many venues in Eastern Iowa, both sacred
and secular. In 1990 they produced a cassette recording, "The Wisdom
of the Saints," and more recently, they completed a CD, "The
Cistercian Night Office for the Solemnity of the Visitation."
Jenni has a master's degree in medieval studies from the University
of Chicago and a doctorate in composition from Stanford. Since joining
the UI faculty in 1968 he has composed several works for the UI Center
for New Music, the University Symphony and members of the music faculty.
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WRITERS READ FROM NEW WAPSIPINICON ALMANAC DEC. 11 -- Writers who contributed
to the new issue of the Wapsipinicon Almanac will read from their work
at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 in the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque
St. in downtown Iowa City.
The reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights"
series, originating on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, AM 910.
Among the readers will be Steve Maravetz, Gary Eller, Will Thomson and
Raymond Tinnian. Their work is featured in the new issue of the Wapsipinicon
Almanac, which is hand-set by editor/publisher Tim Fay at his Route 3 Press
in rural Anamosa.
The new 160-page issue, which is available at Prairie Lights and other
stores in eastern Iowa, includes essays, reviews, regional news, stories,
poems and entries reminiscent of old-time almanacs.
The reading will be free and open to the public.
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ART OF THE MONTH, DEC. 12 -- Missy Giado Allen, a University of Iowa
doctoral student at the School of Art and Art History, will present a lecture,
"Minimalism, or Against Abstract Expressionism, Part Two," at
10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 in the UI Museum of Art.
Allen's lecture, which is free and open to the public, is the final
in a series of four sessions in the museum's current Art of the Month mini-course,
"Modern Art in America 1920-1970."
This series of talks has used works from current exhibitions in the
museum and works from the museum's permanent collection to explore movements
within 20th-century American art. Art of the Month has been coordinated
by Allen and Gwen Robertson, also a doctoral student in the UI School of
Art and Art History.
Participation in the course is free and open to the public. New participants
are welcome at each Art of the Month session.
In a continuation of a theme she explored in the third Art of the Month
session in November, Allen will review the reaction in the 1960s against
Abstract Expressionism. She will discuss the aesthetics of American minimalism
of the 1960s and its predecessors by using examples from Sol Lewitt, Ad
Reinhardt and others from the museum's permanent collection.
Allen said, "Minimalism, first referred to by critics as 'image-less
pop,' was created in New York City by a group of artists who worked separately,
but shared the common goal of removing all aesthetic content from their
work. The object of the minimalist artist was to elicit no emotional response
to their artwork whatsoever.
"In this presentation, I plan to use works from the museum's permanent
collection, mostly sculpture and works on paper, to show how minimalism
can be seen as working along with pop art in the 1960s as a way of altering
the artistic landscape."
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 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.