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Release: Sept. 18, 2001
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WITT READS SEPT. 25 -- Poet Sam Witt, a graduate of the University of Iowa
Writers' Workshop, will read from his new book, "Everlasting Quail,"
at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Prairie Lights bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque
St. in downtown Iowa City. The free reading will be broadcast on the "Live
from Prairie Lights" series, originating on UI radio station WSUI, AM
"Everlasting Quail," published last month, is the winner of the
Katherine Bakeless Nason Award in Poetry from the Breadloaf Writers' Conference.
Judge Carol Frost commented, "Sam Witt's poems are a rhapsody and 'crisp
singing' both. The best are purest poetry -- mixing beauty, the reaches of
language, and an imagination equally made up of body and of grace. He speaks
in all our tones. His equivalences are fresh and reveal an involved, likable
Witt lives in San Francisco, where he writes for publications including the
San Francisco Chronicle, the Gay and Lesbian Review, Computer-world, Wired,
and Salon. He has many awards for his poetry to his credit, including the
New Millennium Writing Poetry Award in 1999.
His poems have appeared in Colorado Review, the New Young American Poets,
Pleiades, the Virginia Quarterly, Louisiana Literature, and other journals.
He has given formal poetry readings both in the United States and, at the
invitation of the Lithuanian government, in Vilnius, Lithuania.
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FREE EVENTS ACCOMPANY PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA CONCERT -- The concert of the
Philadelphia Orchestra, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 in the University of Iowa
Hancher Auditorium, will be accompanied by a variety of free public events.
Because the orchestra is performing Bohemian composer's Smetana's "Vltava"
(The Moldau) from "Ma Vlast" (My Country), the Maia Quartet from
the UI School of Music has prepared a lecture/demonstration in recognition
of Eastern Iowa's Czech Heritage.
The quartet will present "From My Life: An Exploration of the Life and
Cultural Identity of Czech composer Bedrich Smetana" twice: at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 27 in the Grand Hall of the National Czech and Slovak Museum
and Library in Cedar Rapids; and at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the lounge of
the UI International Center.
The International Center event is co-sponsored by the Center for Russian,
East European and Eurasian Studies and UI International Programs.
Principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra will offer several master
classes for students of the UI School of Music, open for public observation
on Friday, Oct. 5 in the Voxman Music Building
-- trombonist Nitzan Haroz, 2-4 p.m. in Room 2050;
-- oboist Richard Woodhams, 2:30-4:30 in Clapp Recital Hall;
-- trumpeter David Bilger, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Voxman Hall;
-- flutist Jeffrey Khaner, 3-5 p.m. in Harper Hall; and
-- bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa, 3-5 p.m. in Room 1027.
Cambridge Place Apartments is the local sponsor of the Philadelphia Orchestra
events, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets for the Philadelphia Orchestra concert are available from the Hancher
Auditorium box office: 335-1160 locally; toll-free 800-HANCHER; and online