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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

HARPSICHORD DUO FEB. 21 -- The harpsichord duo of Mitzi Meyerson and Lisa Goode Crawford will perform a concert of 18th-century music at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber on the University of Iowa campus.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, is a joint presentation of the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society.

Composers represented on the program will range from the well known to the obscure:

J.S. Bach, Francois Couperin, Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer, Gaspard Le Roux and Claude-Benigne Balbastre. Included are works originally written for harpsichord duet as well as other works arranged for duet performance.

As Meyerson and Crawford explain in notes for their program, "the repertoire of two-harpsichord music is quite small, especially considering the magnificent sonorities that result when two fine instruments are played together.

"Before Gaspard Le Roux's Pieces de Clavessin (Keyboard pieces) of 1705, only a single short piece by Giles Farnaby exists in two-harpsichord form. Le Roux might be considered, then, as a trend setter, the first of quite a few 18th-century composers to write for two harpsichords."

Even Le Roux did not write out very much music for two harpsichords, however. His pieces are mostly written for solo harpsichord, with directions and examples that show how to improvise a second harpsichord part from additional melody lines Le Roux has provided. Based on these directions Meyerson has arranged La Roux's complete pieces for two harpsichords. Her recording of these arrangements with Crawford was released on the Harmoni Mundi label and quickly won a prize in Le Monde de la Musique.

For the Feb. 21 concert, Meyerson and Crawford will perform a duet version of Le Roux's Suite in G minor. Other arranged works on the program include pieces from Couperin's suite "La Francaise" from "The Nations," performed for two instruments following the composer's suggestions; and an arrangement of J.S. Bach's Trio Sonata in D minor for organ. The program will conclude with Bach's Concerto for Two Harpsichords in C major, the only two-harpsichord piece by Bach that was not arranged from any other medium.

Meyerson teaches harpsichord at the Hochschule der Kuenst (Academy of arts) in Berlin. She divides her time between teaching in Germany, her home in Italy, and performances throughout Europe, America, Australia and Asia. She is the founder of the Bottom Line, a variable ensemble devoted to repertoire for bass and continuo instruments, which appears in major festivals across Europe.

A Chicago native, she lived for many years in London where she helped found the ensemble Trio Sonnerie, with whom she performed and recorded for a dozen years. In addition to her many recordings with Trio Sonnerie, she has also released solo albums of keyboard music by Buxtehude, Duply and Forqueray.

Crawford teaches harpsichord at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she has been a central figure in the school's early music program since 1973. She has given solo and ensemble performances throughout the United States and in Europe and Japan. A member of the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, she has been a faculty artist at the summer Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin since 1973. She has recorded solo harpsichord works of Pancrace Royer and Rameau on the Gasparo label and has participated in ensemble recordings for Vox, Gasparo and Smithsonian Recordings.

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CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS 'PETER AND THE WOLF' FEB. 21 -- A chamber orchestra from the University of Iowa School of Music will include Prokofiev's popular musical setting of the children's tale "Peter and the Wolf" on a free public concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Doctoral music student Sergio Espinosa will conduct the concert. Roberta Marvin, head of the musicology area in the School of Music, will narrate the Prokofiev performance.

Violinist Miki Yuasa, also a doctoral music student, will be featured in a performance of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto in G minor, op. 26. Also on the program will be Schubert's Overture to "Rosamunde."

Composed in 1936 for children's theater in Moscow, "Peter and the Wolf" is best known to American audiences in the animated version created by the Walt Disney studios. It the story of a young boy -- Peter-- who, together with his animal friends, holds off the terrible wolf until he is rescued by three hunters. Each of the characters -- Peter, his grandfather, a cat, a duck, the wolf, the hunters and so forth -- is characterized in the music with a theme and an instrumental sound.

A distinguished and respected scholar, Marvin holds a doctorate in musicology from Brandeis University. Her articles on the music of Verdi and Rossini have appeared in numerous scholarly publications.

She is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and she is editing Verdi's "I masnadieri" for the critical edition of Verdi's works for the University of Chicago Press. Marvin is also writing a book about Verdi and has plans to complete a textbook for teaching opera to undergraduates for Schirmer Books.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.

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NEW MUSIC BY UI GRADUATE STUDENTS FEB. 21 -- The Composers Workshop from the University of Iowa School of Music will present new works by UI graduate students Edgar Crockett and Katerina Stametelos in a free concert at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Crockett is a doctoral student in composition who studies with UI faculty members D. Martin Jenni and Lawrence Fritts. He is currently on sabbatical from Black Hawk College, where he teaches music theory and composition.

Crockett's new composition "iso for instrumental trio" will be featured on the concert. The title is taken from the Greek word "isos," meaning equal. Iso is a prefix, used here to refer to the fact the score employs isorhythms -- repeated rhythmic patterns underlying melodies that are laid on top of a repeated bass line melody.

Stametelos is pursuing both a master's degree in composition and a doctorate in piano at the UI. She is a composition student of David Gompper. Her String Quartet No. 1 will be performed on the concert.

The quartet was inspired by a literary work, Lawrence Durell's set of four short novels known as the "Alexandria Quartet." Stametelos says that she was intrigued by "the fact that the four books are structured around a central axis, as Durell himself described it in his notes, and each book recites the same story as seen from the perspective of a different character."

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 co-operation and interplay between composers and performers in the Iowa City area. The workshop is directed by Martin Jenni, professor of music in the theory and composition department of the School of Music.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.

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PERSPECTIVES, FEB. 24 -- David Dennis, University of Iowa Museum of Art technical director, will give an informal slide presentation and share anecdotes and insights gained from his more than 30 years of experience on the job, at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the museum.

This presentation, which is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series, is open to the public free of charge.

Dennis' one-hour slide presentation will cover more than 50 past exhibitions, ranging from the museum's first exhibition in May of 1969 to some of its more popular exhibitions, including Johnson Wax's "Objects USA," among many others.

Dennis said, "With the museum's upcoming renovation, I thought it would be nice for people to see all the wonderful things that have gone on here over the past 30 years. The museum has a large collection of slides covering all types of exhibitions, including everything from painting to sculpture, and African art to Native-American and pre-Colombian art. There is something here for everyone."

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.

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 Dennis' talk. Admission is free. For additional information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr.

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CAROLYN FORCHE READS FEB. 26 -- Poet Carolyn Forche will read from her work at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in Lecture Room II two of Van Allen Hall on the University of Iowa campus. Sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop, the reading is free and open to the public.

Calvin Bedient says "'The Angel of History' (her most recent book) is instantly recognizable as a great book, the most humanitarian and aesthetically 'inevitable' response to a half century of atrocities that has yet been written in English."

"I don't think I have ever come across a poem of such length that is nevertheless so beautifully transparent and haunting," prominent poet James Merrill said. And Publishers Weekly calls Forche's newest book "Poetry of consummate beauty . . . reminiscent of Eliot's 'The Waste Land.'"

Forche is the author of two previous poetry collections, "Gathering the Tribes" and "The Country Between Us."

2/12/99