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Release: Sept. 14, 2001
UI Museum of Art, Division of Performing Arts inaugurate
The University of Iowa Museum of Art and the UI Division
of Performing Arts will inaugurate "Breath of Art" -- a new series of performances
at the museum, scheduled for Friday nights during the fall semester -- with
a performance by the Center for New Music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.
Admission to the performance and to the museum is free.
Commenting on the new series, Museum of Art Director Howard
Collinson said, "The museum is very pleased to collaborate with the Division
of Performing Arts to offer another venue for musical performances to the
"When we reopened the museum this fall, we took several
steps to make it more accessible and more enjoyable to the public. We believe
that having first-rate musical performances on Friday evening will enhance
the experience of our visitors."
Future performances in the "Breath of Art" series will
include Studio Singers under the direction of John Muriello on Oct. 5; a preview
of OctOBOEfest on Oct. 12; "Ingenuity on Percussion," directed by Dan Moore
on Oct. 19; the Iowa Brass Quintet on Oct. 26;the Maia String Quartet on Nov.
2; Opera Studio Scenes directed by Stephen Swanson on Nov. 9; and French horn
improvisations by Jeffrey Agrell on Nov. 30.
On Sept. 28, the Center for New Music (CNM) will perform
pieces from a program of music by Serbian composers, to be given at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 30 in Clapp Recital Hall, along with other works from their
repertoire. The performance will feature faculty and students of the School
of Music, and will be under the direction of David Gompper, director of the
The complete program will comprise five pieces: "Rukoveti
(A Harvester Gathers Handful of Songs)" for mezzo-soprano and piano by Isidora
Zebeljan, "Sequenza" for solo flute by Luciano Berio, "Chamber Music" by Vera
Stanojevic, "Alone" for solo viola by UI graduate John Allemeier and "Facere
Totum" by Tatjana Milosevic.
Among other changes at the museum, the galleries are now
dominated by works from the permanent collection, organized into four main
areas: European and American Art, African Art, Native American Art of the
Southwest and -- representing the latest area of collecting for the museum
-- video works in the Projection Room.
The reconfigured museum also features a new Museum Store
and a new Museum Coffee Bar.
A flexible organization devoted to the presentation of
the music of the past 100 years, the Center for New Music is directed by David
Gompper, a faculty member in the theory and
composition area of the UI School of Music. Part of the
new UI Division of Performing Arts, the center supports its own performing
ensemble, including both faculty and students of the School of Music, and
presents concerts of recent music by guest artists.
The Center for New Music was founded in 1966 with a seed
grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The center promotes the performance
of new music by providing a core group of specialists in contemporary performance
techniques. Its programming has included world premieres as well as acknowledged
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The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive
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to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking
is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.