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Release: Sept. 14, 2001

UI Museum of Art, Division of Performing Arts inaugurate new series

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 public.

"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 CNM.

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 contemporary masterworks.

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The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon 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.