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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 a friend.

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 disc.

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 time."

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 Grooms.

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.

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 the public.

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.

10/23/98