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Release: Feb. 25, 2000
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
UI THEATER AUDITIONS MARCH 4-5 -- The University of Iowa
department of theatre arts will hold auditions for Iowa Summer Rep 2000 and
the Iowa Playwrights Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5. UI theater
auditions are open to the public -- no affiliation with the UI or the theater
department are required -- and roles are available for all ages.
Summer Rep auditions are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4
in the Theatre Building. Callbacks will be March 5. The professional season
of Summer Rep will be a festival of plays by Edward Albee. Auditioners should
come prepared to present two contrasting monologues, totaling no more than
four minutes. For further information, or to sign up for an audition slot,
contact Denise Matthes at 319-335-2700.
Auditions for the Iowa Playwrights Festival will be
5-9 p.m. March 4. Advance preparation is not required, but auditioners will
be expected to read from scripts. A sign-up sheet is also posted on the callboard
in the Theatre Building.
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CONCERT BY TWO UI BANDS MARCH 6 -- Two bands from the
University of Iowa School of Music -- the University Band, directed by UI
graduate student Boyd Perkins, and the Concert Band, directed by faculty member
Kevin Kastens -- will share the program of a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday,
March 6 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Both groups are made up of UI students, and are filled
The Concert Band will perform five pieces.
--"An Original Suite" was the first work for band
by English composer Gordon Jacob. It is in three movements -- March, Intermezzo
and Finale -- and belongs to the extensive British tradition of tuneful concert
music for military bands.
--"Australian Up-Country Tune" by Percy Grainger is
based on the composer's "Up-Country Song," written for unaccompanied and wordless
voices. "In the tune," the composer wrote, " I had wished to voice an Australian
up-country feeling as Stephen Foster had with American country-side feelings
in his songs."
--"Annie Laurie Air Varie" (melody with variations)
by Arthur Pryor will feature UI graduate student Matt Bauem as trombone soloist.
Known at one time as "the Paganini of the trombone," Pryor was well known
in the early years of the 20th century for his showy solo works for trombone
and was the conductor of a very popular concert band.
--"Fortress" by Frank Tichelli combines traditional
military music, including a bugle call motive and percussion patterns, with
contemporary harmonies to create a growing sense of urgency that suggests
some kind of military scenario.
--"Amaprito Roca" by Jaime Texidore is one of the
world's best known and most popular Spanish marches.
The Concert Band will also play five pieces.
--"The Duke of Marlborough Fanfare" by Grainger is
scored for brass and percussion and was dedicated by the composer to the memory
of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. It is based on the English folk song "The
Duke of Marlborough."
--"Festival Sinfonia," the newest work on the program,
was composed last year by Roland Barrett.
--"Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral," from the opera
"Lohengrin" by Richard Wagner, was transcribed for band by the former director
of the U.S. Marine Band, Col. John R. Bourgeois (Ret.).
--"Of Sailors and Whales" by W. Francis McBeth is
a five-movement work based on five scenes from Herman Melville's novel "Moby
--"Olympia Hippodrome March" by Russell Alexander
was dedicated to Carl Clair, the director of the Barnum and Bailey Circus
band and written just prior to a five-year tour of Europe.
Kastens is assistant director of bands at the UI.
He directs the Hawkeye Marching Band and the Concert Band, teaches band arranging
and marching band techniques, and is the director of the All-State Music Camp.
Kastens has presented workshops and clinics on marching
band techniques and computer drill design and appeared as guest conductor
at band clinics throughout the Midwest and Canada. He has had numerous articles
published on instrumental music education in the Music Educators Journal and
other professional publications. A leader in the field of computer-assisted
marching band drill design, he helped develop "Drill Quest," a drill-writing
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/.
The UI Band Department has a web page at http://www.uiowa.edu/~bands/
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GALLERY PRODUCTION MARCH 7-9 -- The University Theatres
Gallery series will present a workshop production of "Dolores de los Tempos
Pasados" by graduate acting student Noemi de la Puente at 8 p.m. Tuesday through
Thursday, March 7-9 in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.
The play -- performed in English -- combines movement,
slapstick, tango, mime and a speaking chorus in a drama about a museum curator
who becomes obsessed with an exhibition about La Passionara, a famous political
activist from the Spanish Civil War. Her passionate encounter with this freedom
fighter from the past leads her to discoveries about her own need for freedom
and purposeful action.
Director Ralph Hall, a faculty member in the UI department
of theatre arts, says, "The play reminds me that each of us is a legend; each
of us is history."
The playwright, who is also a member of the performing
ensemble explains, "This piece grew out of memories of my father's childhood
Spanish Civil War stories. I've been working on the fine
line between honoring one's past and idolatry."
The production features set design by Carolyn Barrientes,
lighting design by Tariq Peterson and sound design by Luke Olson.
Admission will be $1 at the door.
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PERSPECTIVES, MARCH 8 -- Franklin Miller, professor of
film, video and interactive technologies production at the University of Iowa,
will present "Right Where You Left It," a lecture and demonstration of his
360-degree interactive CD-ROM panoramas at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8 in
the UI Museum of Art.
Miller's presentation is part of the weekly Perspectives
series held Wednesdays at the museum. Admission is free to both the museum
and the series.
Miller will show a set of computer-enabled moving
panoramic landscapes, made over the last two years. The content of each landscape
changes slightly with user interaction -- a rock appears, a tree stump vanishes
-- incrementally shifting the view from one "place" to another.
"Those attending may expect some hands-on play time,"
Miller states. "After all, the shift from 'viewing' to 'using' is one of the
issues that will be discussed."
Of his panoramas, Miller says, "They are unique in
that they retain the contemplative appeal of still photography while taking
on the restless urgency created in a motion picture by the moving camera."
Following the lecture and demonstration a computer
with CD-ROM panoramas will remain in the museum as an installation of Miller's
Miller, who has been making films and videos since
1961, has devoted the last decade to computer-enabled work, a field leading
him to CD-ROM and internet delivery technologies. His work has been shown
on Iowa Public Television, CBS, NBC, WTTW, KQED, IPT, WDR, and in film and
video programs at the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, and the
Hirschhorn and Guggenheim Museums.
Other venues where his work has been displayed include
the Flaherty Seminar, Film Forum, Theater Vangarde, the National Film Board
of Canada, the American Center in Paris, the Pacific Film Archives and many
festivals and universities around the United States as well as in Mexico,
Canada, France, Germany, Poland, Scotland, the Netherlands and Japan.
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
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