CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
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
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.
* * *
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
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."
* * *
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
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.