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Release: April 7, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

KALICHSTEIN-LAREDO-ROBINSON TRIO FEATURED ON KSUI APRIL 11 -- University of Iowa classical radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM, will broadcast a special program, hosted by Steve Slezak., featuring performances by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio (KLR) and compositions by Grammy Award winner Richard Danielpour at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 11.

KLR will perform the world premiere of Danielpour's "A Child's Reliquary," commissioned for the Hancher Millennium Festival, in a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13 in UI Clapp Recital Hall. "A Child's Reliquary" was written as a memorial to the 18-month-old son of Susan and Carl St. Clair. Carl St. Clair is the musical director of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra where Danielpour is resident composer.

Danielpour has established himself as one of the most popular contemporary-classical composers of his generation. He writes music that is eclectic but essentially American, synthesized from influences as diverse as Aaron Copland and musical theater. Danielpour's music is big and brilliant, filled with propulsive energy and rich with reminiscences of Bernstein, Copland, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and other 20th-century masters.

The Hancher-sponsored concert will also feature the Trio in G. Major, opus 1 no. 2 by Beethoven, and Brahms' Trio in B Major, opus 8.

The musicians -- pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson -- will focus on the Brahms trio in a free "What Makes It Great?" event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. The event will be broadcast live on the library's cable channel 10 and to sites on the Iowa Communication Network.

The Millennium Festival Danielpour commission was supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Iowa City Public Library event is supported by the Wendell F. Miller Fund.

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GARFINKLE READS 'LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS' APRIL 17 ON KSUI -- Poet Patricia Garfinkle, whose grandfather was the "mouthpiece" for notorious gangster Dutch Schultz, will read from her new memoir, "Making the Skeleton Dance," at 8 p.m. Monday, April 17 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City.

The free reading is part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series, originating live on University of Iowa radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM, and hosted by Julie Englander.

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SAIZ READS 'LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS' ON KSUI APRIL 18 -- As part of National Poetry Month, Prospero Saiz will read from his work at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading is part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series, originating live on University of Iowa radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM, and hosted by Julie Englander.

Saiz is a Latino poet, fiction writer, theorist and translator. His poetry includes the volumes "The Bird of Nothing & other poems," "Horse" and "Chants of Nezahualcoyotl & Obsidian Glyph."

Hugh Fox wrote in The Glass Cherry, "Prospero Saiz is the poet-laureate of the pre-Columbian . . . somehow Saiz himself assumes the office of Aztec High Priest and wherever he goes the old ways and visions go with him. . . . (He is) one of the most challenging writers to appear on the literary scene within recent memory."

His poetry has been translated into French, Portuguese and Chinese, and has been published in periodicals including Abraxas, Limiar, RiverSedge Le Guepard. He is currently writing a lyrical prose narrative, "The Chaco Canyon Trilogy."

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RUSSIAN PIANIST PLAYS RUSSIAN PROGRAM APRIL 18 -- Oleg Iur'evich Koshelev, head of the piano department in the College of Music at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory of Music in
St. Petersburg, Russia, will play a program of Russian piano music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building on the University of Iowa campus.

Koshelev is appearing at the UI as guest of the School of Music. His performance will be free and open to the public.

Koshelev graduated from Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in 1980 after studying with the leading piano teachers in Russia. Since then he has established himself as one of Russia's most eminent musicians. He has performed chamber music concerts and solo recitals, conducted master classes and participated in international music festivals in Russia and abroad.

Koshelev has taught numerous piano students in St. Petersburg, many of who have won prizes in major international music competitions. He also serves as chair of the European Piano Teachers Association in St. Petersburg.

The program for the April 18 concert will feature works of Russian composers of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Koshelev will play four Etudes Tableaus and the Sonata in B-flat minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff; several short pieces by Rimsky-Korsakov and Anatol Lyadov; and Three Movements from "Petroushka" for Piano Solo by Igor Stravinsky.

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PERSPECTIVES, APRIL 19 -- Prita Meier, research assistant at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will give a gallery tour of the exhibition "Reading Meaning: Graphic Symbols in African Art" at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 in the museum's Stanley Gallery.

Meier's tour is part of the weekly Perspectives series held on Wednesdays at the museum. Admission is free to both the museum and the series.

"Reading Meaning," an exhibition focusing on the abstract and figurative symbols known as ideograms that are an important aspect of a wide range of African art objects, will be on display at the museum through Sunday, July 9. Objects on display include masks, figures, textiles and pots. The exhibition examines both the objects' cultural meanings and the ways in which those meanings are inscribed and translated within an academic and museum context.

Meier is the curator for the exhibition and a graduate student in the UI School of Art and Art History.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 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 1999-2000 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

For 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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WORMSER READS 'LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS' ON KSUI APRIL 20 -- Poet Baron Wormser will read from his new volume, "Mulroney & Others" at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free National Poetry Month reading is part of the "Live From Prairie Lights" series, originating live on University of Iowa radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM, and hosted by Julie Englander.

Wormser's previous books include "When: Poems," "Atoms, Soul Music and Other Poems," "Good Trembling" and "The White Words," as well as "Teaching the Art of Poetry: The Moves." His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in the Paris Review, The New Yorker, Harper's, the New Republic and the Georgia Review.

Of "When," which won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, a critique in the Boston Book Review concludes, " 'When' provides one of the major satisfactions of fiction, that sense of having had a vacation from one's own life by dropping in on others. . . . Wormser's ability to project himself into all sorts of circumstances is great, as is his ability to articulate the complex messages he brings back alive."

Wormser writes of his work, "I don't see poetry as having redemptive powers nor do I see it as a truer form of news. I think of poetry as standing in contradistinction to news. Poetry dwells, lingers, remembers; the news is ephemeral, helter-skelter, manipulated. Poetry can convey truth as it lucidly acknowledges the complexity of a situation, a moment, a lifetime, an encounter. News is, at best, an earnest distraction. Ideally, truth telling is the sum of insight, compassion, artistic engagement and fearlessness."

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TURNER READS 'LIVE FROM PRAIRIE LIGHTS' ON KSUI APRIL 21 -- Folklorist Kay Turner will be featured on the "Live From Prairie Lights" series at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The free event will be broadcast live on University of Iowa radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM, and hosted by Julie Englander.

Turner will focus on two of her books, "Baby Precious Always Shines," an examination of the intimate lives of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas as expressed in their love notes, and "Beautiful Necessity," a work about the tradition of women's altars and their meanings from culture to culture.

A review of "Baby Precious Always Shines" in the Kirkus Reviews, states, "The domestic correspondence between Mr. Cuddle-Wuddle (Stein) and Baby Precious (Toklas) reveals the inner hearts and inner workings of the 20th century's most famous lesbian marriage. Over their 39 years together, Stein and Toklas left little notes to each other, snippets of poetry and passion which, awash in love and devotion, commemorate the pair's daily doings."

Turner earned a doctorate in folklore from the University of Texas, where her thesis was devoted to Mexican-American women's home altars. Her work spans subjects including pop star Madonna, folk images of the Virgin Mary, folk art from recycled materials, lesbian rock bands, women's art, and feminism. In addition to writing, Turner works as a curator, graphic designer, and performer/songwriter in an all-woman band.