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Release: Aug. 27, 1999

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

BUDDHIST NUNS WILL CHANT AT MUSEUM OF ART, AUG. 31-SEPT. 3 -- Nuns from the Kachoe Ghakyil Nunnery in Kathmandu, Nepal, will perform sacred Buddhist chants during the lunch hour, 12:15-12:45 p.m. at the University of Museum of Art, each day from Tuesday, Aug. 31, through Friday, Sept. 3.

The nuns will be in the Museum of Art in order to construct a sand mandala in the museum's sculpture court. Construction of the mandala, which has already begun, will continue through Tuesday, Sept. 7, when the completed mandala will be swept up and carried in a ritual procession to be poured into the Iowa River.

A sand mandala is a geometric design, drawn in colored sand, that represents the celestial palace of a particular emanation of the Buddha. The process of creating the mandala is considered by the nuns to be a meditation.

The nuns' visit to the UI will culminate in a performance of sacred music and dance at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 in Macbride Hall Auditorium. Tickets for the performance are available in advance at Prairie Lights bookstore in downtown Iowa City, or they may be purchased at the door.

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KLAUS READS SEPT. 8 -- Carl Klaus, an emeritus faculty member and former director of the University of Iowa program in literary non-fiction, will read from his new book, "Taking Retirement," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 in the Prairie Lights bookstore, at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live From Prairie Lights" series originating on WSUI radio, AM 910, hosted by Julie Englander.

Klaus has edited several textbooks on writing, and he received wide acclaim for his gardening memoir, "My Vegetable Love: A Journal of a Growing Season."

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CHRISTENSEN LECTURE SEPT. 10 -- Music scholar Thomas Christensen will speak on "Topographies of Music Theory" at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 in Room 1027 of the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

His lecture is part of the Colloquium series presented by the musicology and theory areas of the UI School of Music. Christensen recently left a faculty position in the music theory area at the UI to join the faculty the University of Chicago.

Christensen holds graduate degrees from Yale and the University of Michigan. He is active as a research scholar, pianist and harpsichordist and has received numerous fellowships and awards. Before coming to Iowa, he taught at Vassar College and the University of Pennsylvania.

He is the author of an award-winning book on the French composer and music theorist
Jean-Philippe Rameau, a recent book on "Aesthetics and the Art of Musical Composition in the German Enlightenment," and more than 20 other articles on music theory, history and aesthetics. He has received a UI faculty scholar award to support his work as chief editor of the Cambridge History of Western Music Theory.

Christensen has appeared on the UI campus as a pianist in performances of the Center for New Music, the music of George Gershwin and a concert of 19th-century piano four-hands transcriptions, and as a harpsichord player in performances of Baroque music.