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Release: Nov. 22, 2000
Art Museum Performance Features Collegium Musicum Instruments
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Early Music 2000, the instrumental
division of the University of Iowa Collegium Musicum, will perform a concert
of Renaissance and Baroque Chamber Music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 in the
sculpture court of the University of Iowa Museum of Art .
The concert by Early Music 2000 (EM2000), which is part
of a series of public events being held at the museum on Friday evenings through
the fall semester, will be free and open to the public.
The UI Collegium Musicum is an ensemble devoted to
the study and performance of music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque.
The members of the group are music students and faculty of the UI and members
of the local community. The group usually includes both singers and instrumental
performers. For the current semester, the instrumental group EM2000 is under
the direction of UI graduate student Kyle D. Gassiott.
Consorts, or instrumental groups, of recorders and
violas da gamba, will play a series of dances by Renaissance composers, including
the descriptive "Pavane de la Guerre" and "Galliard de la Guerre"
(Pavane and Galliard of war) by Claude Gervaise and the Dance Suite for two
recorders, op. 17 no. 2, by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. Soprano Lyndsay Gross
will sing two songs by English Baroque composer Henry Purcell.
In celebration of the newly formed UI Division of
Performing Arts, the performance will include reconstructions of Renaissance
dances created by choreographer Rachelle Tsachor, assisted by Mark McCusker,
a graduate student in intermedia in the UI School of Art and Art History who
will also perform as one of the dancers.
Gassiott is a master's student in musicology at the
UI School of Music, where he has been assistant director of the Collegium
Musicum for the past four years. Last fall Gassiott received a masters
degree in double bass performance. He has played with the William Casey Baroque
Ensemble at Baylor University, where he earned the Bachelor of Music in 1996,
and he has participated in various early music workshops. In addition to his
teaching responsibilities at the UI Gassiott currently teaches music appreciation
at Kirkwood Community College.
Tsachor teaches movement for actors in the UI theater
department and works in dance notation and reconstruction. She has performed
professionally with Ballet Arkansas, the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, the Lincoln
Center touring program and Beth Corning and Dancers. Dover Books published
her "Labanotation Manual of Dance Step Types selected from Fabritio Caroso's
Nobilta di Dame (1600) " in a new edition of Julia Suttons
"Courtly Dance of the Renaissance." She has taught at the City College
of New York, Grinnell College, Tunghai University in Taiwan and in Israel
as a guest teacher at Tel-Hai.
Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for events at the
UI Museum of Art during the 2000-2001 season, through the University of Iowa
The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside
Drive in Iowa City. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available
in UI parking lots on Riverside Drive.
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