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Release: Sept. 3, 1999
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
TOM LUTZ READS SEPT. 13 -- Tom Lutz, a faculty member
in the University of Iowa English department, will read from his new book,
"Crying: A Natural and Cultural History of Tears," at
8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St.
in downtown Iowa City.
The reading -- part of the "Live From Prairie Lights"
series originating live on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM --
is free and open to the public.
A New York Times Book Review article concluded that
"Crying" offers "a fresh panoramic perspective to the complex give-and-take
between illness and the artistic imagination."
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EDWARDS WILL LECTURE SEPT. 15 -- Kathleen Edwards, curator
of prints, drawings and photographs at the University of Iowa Museum of Art,
will give a lecture on the life and works of German artist Diether Roth at
12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.
The lecture is the first fall program in the Museum
of Art's weekly Perspectives series, presented Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. throughout
most of each academic semester at the UI. Perspectives programs usually relate
to exhibitions on display in the museum, or to issues of interest to museum
Edwards' talk is presented in conjunction with "Art
is Life/ Life is Art: The Graphic Work of Dieter Roth," a selection of artists'
books, prints and drawings on display at the museum. Edwards is curator of
Born in Hannover, Germany, in 1930, Roth was reclusive
and resistant to mainstream artistic movements. An expert printmaker, he was
instrumental in the development of the book as a synthesis of content and
form. He used vulgarity and playful sexuality, exploring historical notions
of both the archive and the diary.
Since Roth's death in 1998, attention has been brought
to his work that he sought to avoid during his life. Edwards suggests in an
essay included in the exhibition catalogue that this should not be entirely
unexpected, "because Roth was a grand mythmaker."
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 Edwards' talk. Admission is free. Public metered parking
is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive
and just north of the museum.
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the
corporate sponsor for the 19999-2000 Perspectives series at the UI Museum
of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
HARPSICHORDIST CONCERT SEPT. 19 -- Harpsichordist Luc
Beuasejour, a distinguished
early-music performer and teacher based in Montreal, Canada, will perform
J. S. Bach's "Goldberg" Variations at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19 in the Senate
Chamber of the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa campus.
Beuasejour's performance, a joint presentation of the
UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, will be free
and open to the public.
The "Goldberg" Variations -- originally titled "Aria with
30 different variations" -- was published in 1741 as the fourth and final
volume of Bach's monumental series "Clavier-Uebung" (literally, "Keyboard
practice"). Bach presented a copy of the variations to the Russian Ambassador
to Dresden, Count Hermann Keyserlingk, probably for the use of the count's
young resident harpsichord player, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who had been
Bach's student. A later legend has it that Goldberg played the variations
to entertain the count when he had insomnia, but there is no authentic evidence
to support this story.
The "Goldberg" Variations are among the late works of
Bach that appear to sum up the compositional practice of his day. The variations
laid out according to a strict and complex plan, consisting of 10 sets of
three variations. In addition to using the usual techniques for varying a
theme, Bach wrote a series of nine strict canons based on the theme. The canons,
one at every third variation, are arranged in order of ascending intervals
-- the first at the unison, the second at the interval of the second, and
so forth. Instead of a canon, the final variation is a quodlibet (Latin for
"what have you"), which combines the theme with snips and pieces of popular
songs of Bach's time.
Beausejour has presented solo recitals in Montreal, Boston
and Washington, D.C., and performed for the Lanaudiere International Festival,
the Lamequie Early Music Festival in New Brunswick, Canada, and the Vancouver
Early Music Festival. He has made critically acclaimed recordings on the Naxos,
Analekta and CBC labels. In 1994 he founded a solo harpsichord recital series
in Montreal, for which he has performed the "Goldberg" Variations, the Art
of Fugue and Book I of the Well Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach and the complete
harpsichord works of
During the current concert season, his activities include
performances and a recording of music for two harpsichords with French harpsichordist
Herve Nicquet, concerts with Montreal flutist Claire Guimond, and several
solo recitals and chamber music performances.
First Prize-winner of the 1985 Erwin Bodky International
Harpsichord Competition in Boston, he has also won prizes at several other
competitions, and has received numerous grants from the Canada Council and
the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec. He received a doctorate from
the University of Montreal. He currently lives in Montreal, where he teaches
organ and harpsichord.