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Release: Jan. 26, 2001
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
MCCOWN READS FEB. 9 -- Clint McCown will read from his new novel, "War
Memorials," at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 in the Prairie Lights bookstore,
15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live
from Prairie Lights" series on the UI radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is
free and open to the public.
McCown, who directs the creative writing program at Beloit College, is also
the author of the novel "The Member-Guest." He has been a screenwriter
for Warner Brothers, published two books of poetry, won an Associated Press
award for his broadcast journalism and toured as an actor with the National
Shakespeare Company. He is the only writer to have won the American Fiction
Prize twice. He has also received the Society of Midland Authors Award and
was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Of "War Memorials," Bret Lott says, "What I like best in
this gritty and tender and crazily funny book about men and women and the
war for love we are constantly waging, is that Clint McCown has finally told
the truth about being a human: We have to make a living. We have to find love.
And we have to take responsibility, whether we like it or not, for who we
are. War Memorials is wonderfully well-written and meaningful
to boot. What more can a reader ask?"
Larry Heinemann says the novel is "tinctured with ordinary melancholy,
wry, witty, and sly, as well as laugh-out-loud funny."
For more information on the "Live from Prairie Lights" readings,
visit the series web page at http://www.prairielights.com/livefromplights.htm.
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ORGAN RECITAL AND LECTURE FEB. 9 & 10 -- Canadian organist Chris Teeuwsen,
a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a free
recital of music by J.S. Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb.
9, in the Krapf Organ Studio of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus.
Teeuwsen, who is appearing as a guest of the UI Organ Department, will also
present a lecture on "Bach and Buxtehude -- the Fantastic Style"
at 10 a.m. the next day, Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Krapf Organ Studio.
Both events are free and open to the public.
A native of St. Catharines, Ontario, Teeuwsen received the masters
and doctoral degrees from the UI. He later earned a solo diploma in organ
performance at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, where he studied with
noted Dutch organist Klaas Bolt and served as assistant organist at the St.
Bravo Church in Haarlem. His other teachers include Ton Koopman and Harald
Vogel of the Norddeutsche Orgel Akademie (North German Organ Academy) in Bunde,
Teeuwsen teaches choral music and organ performance at Redeemer University
College in Ancaster, Ontario. He is also director of music at MacNab St. Presbyterian
Church in Hamilton, Ontario.
His organ recordings feature repertoire of the North German school performed
on the famous Schnitger organ in the Aa Kerk in Groningen, The Netherlands.
Last August he recorded the CD "Bach Meets Buxtehude" for the Dutch
recording label SELAMAS on another historic organ located in Zutphem, The
His program at the UI will focus on Bach and the major influences on his
development as a composer from the North German School, particularly Buxtehude.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts.
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