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Release: March 16, 2001

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

DOUBLE-REED ENSEMBLE PRESENTS COMMUNITY CONCERT MARCH 25 -- The WIZARDS! double-reed ensemble, led by University of Iowa School of Music faculty oboist Mark Weiger, will present a special free performance at 3 p.m. Saturday, March. 31 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. The performance is part of the Target Community Concert Series, presented by the UI Division of Performing Arts and the UI Arts Share program.

WIZARDS! is a quartet featuring the oboe, bassoon, English horn, oboe d’amore, contra bassoon and piccolo oboe. The group has been touted as "the World Series of double reed playing," and reviewers have called their concerts "a dazzling performance" and "an outstanding musical adventure for all." Another critic commented, "the audience was spellbound by their uniqueness and quality." The group has three CDs out on the CRS and Crystal labels.

Before coming to the UI, Weiger taught at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. As a soloist Weiger has performed in 38 states in the past four years, presented two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, been a finalist in nine international competitions and won second prize at the New York International Competition.

UI Arts Share provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations. The 2000-2001 Arts Share roster includes more then 70 faculty and graduate students in music, theatre, dance, the visual arts and creative writing.

Arts Share and Target began a partnership in 1995 designed to sponsor field trips, dance workshops and performances for children in Iowa community schools. The 2001 Target Community Concert Series will conclude with WIZARDS! A Double Reed Ensemble on March 31.

To learn more about the Target Community Concerts Series, call the Arts Share office or e-mail at d-kenney-handler@uiowa.edu.

For UI arts information, visit this new address – www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa -- on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu.

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VAZQUEZ DIAZ READS MARCH 27 -- Cuban novelist Rene Vazquez Diaz, whom the Miami Herald has called "the most brilliant Cuban writer of his generation and one of the greatest of all time," will read from his new book, "Fredrika en el Paraiso," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Diaz left Cuba following the 1959 revolution and eventually settled in Sweden to pursue his writing. Now a celebrated translator of Swedish texts, he is also a distinguished novelist. His previous novel, "The Island of Cundeamor" ("La Isla de Cundeamor"), centers on an imaginary island populated by exiles. Kirkus Reviews calls the book "a bracingly bitter novel."

For more information about this event, contact the Prairie Lights bookstore at 337-2681.

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CONOLEY READS MARCH 29 -- Poet Gillian Conoley, a former visiting professor in the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, will read from her fifth collection of poetry, "Lovers in the Used World," at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at 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.

Conoley is the author of four previous collections, including "Some Gangster Pain" and "Tall Stranger." Conoley’s work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Kenyon Review, Ironwood, Ploughshares, the Denver Quarterly and the Missouri Review. Her poems have been anthologized in "Best American Poetry," "Poets of the Northwest," "American Poetry Annual," "The Carnegie-Mellon Anthology of Poetry" and "Jazz Poetry Anthology."

Conoley has won the Pushcart Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, a fellowship from the Washington State Arts Commission and a grant from the Northwest Institute for Advanced Study.

For more information about this event, contact the Prairie Lights bookstore at 337-2681.

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WILLIAMS READS MARCH 30 -- Mormon author Terry Tempest Williams will read from her work at 8 p.m. Friday, March 30 at the Prairie Lights bookstore, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

Williams’ most recent book is "Leap," published last year. The book is an exploration of Hieronymous Bosch’s triptych "The Garden of Earthly Delights." Williams’ previous books include "An Unspoken Hunger" and "Refuge." Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Outside, Audubon and the Iowa Review.

"I write through my biases of gender, geography, and culture," Williams has said. "I am a woman whose ideas have been shaped by the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau. These ideas are then filtered through the prism of my culture – and my culture is Mormon. These tenets of family and community which I see at the heart of that culture are then articulated through story."

A former recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship, Williams has received the National Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Award for Special Achievement. The Utne Reader named Williams one of its "Utne 100 Visionaries."

For more information about this event, contact the Prairie Lights bookstore at 337-2681.