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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
MUSIC IN THE MUSUEM, NOV. 1 -- Well-known Iowa City musician Tom Nothnagle
will perform a concert of classical guitar compositions in the University
of Iowa Museum at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 in the Elliot Gallery.
This performance, which is part of the Music in the Museum series, will
be open to the public free of charge. It will be preceded at 1 p.m. by
a free public tour of current museum exhibitions, led by a museum docent.
Nothnagle, a classical and flamenco guitarist, dreamt of playing the
guitar since he was four years old. A musically talented child, he began
studying the Suzuki method for violin at the age of six, but didn't turn
to the guitar until he was 10 and had asked to borrow an instrument from
Nothnagle has since gone on to appear in more than 1,000 performances
at festivals, restaurants, bars and night clubs. He is the creator, producer
and star of his own public access television show, "Tom's Guitar Show,"
and has recorded four albums, including "Homage to Sisyphus"
and "Rumors of Amelia," which are currently available on compact
Nothnagle studied music at both the San Francisco Conservatory and the
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He is the master of a wide range of instruments
and has written more than 70 original compositions for classical guitar,
10-string classical guitar, steel-string guitar, 12-string guitar, bass,
banjo, mandolin and flute.
He has written music for theatrical productions of "Dark Laughter"
and "The Universe According to Art Hoppe."
Nothnagle commented on his upcoming performance at the UI Museum of
Art: "I am going to be playing original compositions, but what I would
like to do for the museum is come up with a few improvisational flamenco
pieces, sort of off the cuff, that will be inspired by the museum's artwork
and by the audience attending the performance that day."
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City,
is open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 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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PERCUSSION CONCERT NOV. 2 -- The University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble
will include a selection of works by the controversial and iconoclastic
American composer/philosopher John Cage on a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday,
Nov. 2 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Under the direction of Dan Moore from the UI School of Music faculty,
the Percussion Ensemble will present a variety of other contemporary works
for percussion, and the concert will also include performances by the Iowa
Ragtime Company, a quintet made of up UI percussion students.
Moore said recently that "Cage is perhaps the most controversial
musical figure of the 20th century. His lifelong questioning of what is
music has sparked sometimes-heated but always stimulating debate among
musicians, critics and audiences. Along with artists Marcel Duchamp and
choreographer Merce Cunningham, Cage sought to find beauty in simple or
unlikely places -- music in silence, or dance and music where the only
connection between the two was that they were simply happening at the same
The John Cage selections on the program will include samples from some
of the composer's most influential and provocative works. In "Speech:
for five radios and news reader," performers use stopwatches to make
changes to the frequency and volume settings on radios, picking up random
pieces of broadcasts or background noise. Michael Davies will perform one
movement of Cage's famous 4' 33'', in which a performer sits at the piano
for four minutes and 33 seconds and does nothing.
Other Cage works to be excerpted on the program will be "Living
Room Music" and "Amores." For the latter, UI piano technician
Stephen Carver will prepare a piano by inserting screws, nuts, bolts and
loose washers between the strings.
Other works on the Percussion Ensemble portion of the program will be
"Celebration" for full percussion ensemble by Boston Symphony
percussionist Thomas Gauger; "Visible Canon" for four percussionists
by Charles Knox; "Border Crossing" for four percussionists by
David Vayo, performed by the Graduate Percussionists Group at the UI School
of Music; and "Normandy Beach -- 1944," a piece by David Gillingham
that was inspired by the D-Day invasion of Normandy.
The Iowa Ragtime Ensemble will play "Dizzy Fingers" by Zez
Confry, and two works by George Hamilton Green, "Keep Movin'"
and "Dotty Dimples."
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PERSPECTIVES, NOV. 4 -- The film "Vermillion Editions: Right to
Print" will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the University
of Iowa Museum of Art. This presentation, which is part of the museum's
weekly Perspectives series, will be open to the public free of charge.
Vermillion Editions, one of the country's most distinguished print studios,
attracts artists from all over the United States to Minnesota to work with
master printer Steven Anderson.
The 55-minute film "Vermillion Editions: Right to Print" opens
with a brief overview of modern American printmaking and then goes behind
the scenes into the studio where painters Sam Gilliam and T.L. Solien collaborate
with the Vermillion staff to make complex prints on paper. Included in
the film are interviews with New York artists Harmony Hammond, Red Grooms
and Arakawa, who have worked with Anderson and have experienced the creative
stimulation offered by Vermillion Editions.
The Museum of Art has prints in its collection by T.L. Solien and Red
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
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor
for the 1998-99 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the
University of Iowa Foundation.
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ELLEN DOUGLAS READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS NOV. 4 -- Novelist Ellen Douglas
will read from her new book of essays, "Truth: Four Stories I Am Finally
Old Enough to Tell," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Prairie Lights
Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will be
broadcast on the "Live from Prairie Lights" series originating
on radio station WSUI, AM 910.
Walker Percy says Douglas "attacks with unladylike power and gusto,
with a style at once cheerful and sardonic, with a kind of back-hearted
good humor, and with an inventiveness which puts some outlandish folk up
to some wondrous doings."
Richard Ford writes, "It's possible to think that some people were
simply born to write.
Ellen Douglas is just such a writer."
Douglas is the author of six novels and a collection of short stories.
She lives in Jackson, Miss.
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WOMEN'S CHORALE NOV. 4 -- The Women's Chorale from the University of
Iowa School of music, under the direction of graduate conducting student
Daniel Afonso, will present a concert of choral music for women's voices
at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The
performance will be free and open to the public.
The program is divided into two parts: "Ave Maria" (Hail Mary),
featuring sacred songs about the Virgin Mary, before intermission; and
"Ave Musica" (Hail Music), featuring folk songs and songs in
praise of music, after intermission.
The concert will be the culmination of a collaborative project between
the Women's Chorale and a drawing class taught by Jay Shafer of the School
of Art and Art History. Students in Shafer's class are creating a four-panel
mural inspired by the music on the concert program. The mural will be displayed
on stage during the concert -- two panels during the first half of the
concert, the other two panels during the second half. The panels will also
be displayed for viewing in the lobby after the concert.
The concert will open with four settings of texts about Mary, all written
in the early years of the 20th century by composers who are not familiar
to American audiences: two by French composer Gabriel Faure and one each
by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and Hungarian composer Lajos Bardos.
These will be followed by the "Litanie Della Madonna" (Litany
of the Madonna) by Michael Haydn, the younger brother of Joseph Haydn.
For the second portion of the program, Afonso has selected three works
from his native country, Brazil: songs from Brazilian native peoples, arranged
by Villa-Lobos and Cesar Guerra-Peixe, and "Sine Nomine et Sine Sensu"
by Ernani Aguiar. Other works on this portion of the program will be Henry
Purcell's "Music for While," an arrangement of a Serbian Gypsy
song, and Paul Hindemith's "A Song of Music."
A native of Rio de Janeiro, Afonso received an undergraduate degree
in music from the Universidade do Rio de Janeiro and a master's in choral
conducting from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He has taught
at the Conservatorio Brasileiro de Musica in Rio de Janeiro and Doane College
in Nebraska. He won first prize and a special award for best performance
of music by Villa-Lobos at the 1988 Concurso Villa-Lobos de Canto Coral
(Villa-Lobos Prize in Choral Singing). He is currently a doctoral student
in choral conducting at the UI School of Music.
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POET/ESSAYIST GOLDBARTH READS AT PRAIRIE LIGHTS NOV. 5 -- Poet and essayist
Albert Goldbarth will read from recent work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5
at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City in a reading
co-sponsored by the UI Program in Non-Fiction Writing and the UI Writers'
Workshop. The reading will be broadcast on the "Live from Prairie
Lights" series, originating on radio station WSUI, AM 910.
"Albert Goldbarth is a poet of remarkable gifts -- a dazzling virtuoso
who can break your heart," Joyce Carol Oates writes. The Kenyon Review
states, "There is simply no poet like him."
Goldbarth is the author of numerous books of poetry, including "Heaven
and Earth: a cosmology"" winner of the National Book Critics
Circle Award; "Jan. 31," which was nominated for the National
Book Award; and "Across the Layers: Poems Old and New."
He has also published two volumes of personal essays, "Great topics
of the World" and "A Sympathy of Souls."
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LECTURE ON MENDELSSOHN NOV. 6 -- Marian Wilson Kimber, a member of the
music faculty of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, will speak on "The
Composer as Other: Gender and Race in the Biography of Felix Mendelssohn"
at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 in Room 1027 of the UI Voxman Music Building.
Kimber's lecture, which is part of the Colloquium series sponsored by
the musicology area of the UI School of Music, will be free and open to
Kimber received her doctorate in musicology from Florida State University
in 1993 with a dissertation on the manuscripts of Mendelssohn's works for
piano and orchestra. She has taught at the University of Virginia, the
University of Alabama and the University of Kansas. She is in her fifth
year at Cornell College.
Kimber's publications include book chapters forthcoming in "The
Mendelssohn Companion" from Greenwood Press and "Mendelssohn
and Hensel: Their Music in History" from Oxford University Press.
She will also have a paper in the proceedings of the 1997 international
Hensel symposium, held last fall at the Hochschule der Kuenste in Berlin.