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Release: Sept. 28, 2001

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

HARPSICHORD RECITAL OCT. 7 -- Harpsichordist Bonnie Choi, who teaches harpsichord and piano at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., and at Syracuse University, will present a recital of music from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Building on the UI campus.

The concert, which is sponsored by the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, will be free and open to the public.

Choi's program will comprise the Fantasia and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904, and Capriccio in B-flat, BWV 992 ("On the departure of his most beloved brother") by J.S. Bach; "Ect-ce Mars" by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck; "Jupiter" by Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Forqueray, "Variations ueber Folie d'Espagne," (Variations of the Folia of Spain) Wq 118/9 by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach; the "Fandango" by Antonio Soler; and "Bach Goes to Town," written in 1938 by the Welsh-born blind jazz pianist Alec Templeton.

Choi has performed and receive critical acclaim around the world. The South China Morning Post wrote that she "displays dazzling technique and draws new colors from her instrument," and a review in Audio Technique praised her "wonderfully expressive playing."

Her numerous honors include prizes received at the International Harpsichord Competition in Brugge, Belgium, and the National Association of Young Performers Competition. In 1995 she was a Finalist at the Pro Musicis Award Competition. She has concertized widely in North America and Asia, having been featured twice at the Trinity/Wall Street Concert Series; at the Boston Early Music Festival; at the Hong Kong Arts Festival; at the Shanghai Jin Jian Concert Series; and as soloist with the Memphis Symphony, the Rochester (New York) Chamber Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Choi's performances have been heard on public radio in the United States and Hong Kong, and she has recorded for VM Music. She has given lectures and master classes at the National Harpsichord Competition in Kansas, the Hanoi Conservatory of Music in Vietnam, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China and the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Iowa City Early Keyboard Society (ICEKS) aims to foster appreciation of historical keyboard instruments, primarily the harpsichord, clavichord, and fortepiano, through education and performance. More information about the ICEKS and its programs is available on the internet at <http://www.jccn.iowa-city.ia.us/~iceks1/>.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at <http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/>. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.

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CONCERT OF STUDENT COMPOSITIONS OCT. 7 -- The Composers Workshop of the University of Iowa School of Music will present a concert of new student works at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The Composers Workshop is a collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music. It is devoted to the performance of music written at the UI and aims to foster greater co-operation and interplay between composers and performers in the Iowa City area. The workshop is directed by David Gompper, professor of music in the Theory and Composition Department of the School of Music and director of the Center for New Music.

The Composers Workshop performance season is managed by a doctoral composition student, thus affording composers practical experience in organizing performances of new music.

The Oct. 7 concert will feature seven new works by five graduate and undergraduate students in the composition program: "Bukita" for solo clarinet and "The Wasteland" for tape by Thomas Judson; "In The Temple of Venus" for tape and "Kaleidoscope" for solo piano by Michael Cash; "Lacrimae Rerum" for solo piano by M. Grusha; "Soliloquy" for solo flute by Kimberly Nusbaum; and "To depart while seated or standing" from "Four Japanese Death Poems" for soprano, alto flute, double bass and percussion by Christopher D. Brakel.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.

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POET LANGAN READS OCT. 9 -- Poet Steve Langan, a 1993 graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his debut collection, "Freezing," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, 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 910.

Poet Thomas Lux wrote of the book, "These are tough, gritty, and beautiful poems. Be aware of this, reader: Freezing will set you on fire!"

The recipient of Paul Engle and James Michener fellowships at the UI, Langan has published his poems in journals including DoubleTake, the Kenyon Review, the Colorado Review, the Southern Humanities Review, the Green Mountains Review, Poet Lore, Poetry Northwest, the Greensboro Review, Cutbank, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and Witness.

Langan lives in Omaha, where he is the executive director of the Omaha district of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He also teaches writing at Metropolitan Community College.

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TOUR OF MUSEUM'S NEW INSTALLATION OCT. 11 -- Kathleen Edwards, the curator of prints, drawings, photography and new media at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will lead a tour of the museum's new installation of graphic art works from its permanent collection at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11.

The tour, which will be free and open to the public, is the second of three Thursday afternoon tours designed to introduce the public to the museum's new installation of its permanent collection. For the final tour, Victoria Rovine, curator of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, will lead a tour of the African collection Nov. 8.

The Museum of Art opened Aug. 31 with new installations of works from its permanent collection. In the reconfigured museum, a combination of permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions offers visitors a new thematic interpretation of the collection, with interactive media guides and more interpretive features. There are four major areas in the permanent galleries: a gallery of European and American art, a gallery of African art, the Projection Room, and a gallery of Native American art of the Southwest.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the museum during the 2001-02 season at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is 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.

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PETER NATHAN PRESENTS LECTURE OCT. 11 -- Peter Nathan, professor of psychology and public health at the University of Iowa, will present a lecture titled "They are Us, and Our Children," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at the UI Museum of Art.

Admission to the museum, and to the lecture, will be free.

Nathan's talk is fourth in a series of lectures at the museum representing points of view on "Drunk," a video installation by English artist Gilliam Wearing. The initial acquisition for the museum's new collection of media art, Wearing's video presents disturbing and haunting images of London street drinkers.

Nathan said he plans to summarize the findings of studies on binge drinking by UI students and its consequences, then turn to the data that link drinking patterns by parents and peers to drinking by their late adolescent children. "Given that young people are likely to drink regardless of what the law says about it," Nathan said, "I will suggest a few ways parents might help their high school-age adolescents develop more responsible patterns of alcohol consumption for the present and in the future, when they go off to college."

Nathan has been at the UI for 11 years. During that time he has served as acting president of the university, as provost and as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculties, and has been appointed University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology.

He has done extensive research on alcoholism, most recently studying binge drinking and its consequences. He has won numerous grants and awards for his research, and has published extensively in academic journals.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the museum during the 2001-02 season at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa.

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PROSE READS OCT. 11 -- Fiction writer Francine Prose, a former visiting faculty member of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in Room 101 of Biology Building East on the UI campus. The free reading is presented by the Writers' Workshop.

Prose is the author of 10 critically acclaimed novels and two story collections. Her novel "Blue Angel" was released in paperback earlier this year. Her essays, reviews, and stories have appeared in publications including the New York Times, "Best American Stories," The New Yorker, and the Yale Review. A film based on her novel "Household Saints" was released in 1993.

Critic Emily White wrote of Prose and "Blue Angel, "she is one of those omnipresent writers whom failed writers hate. And surely she'll make new enemies with her hilarious and cruel 10th novel, 'Blue Angel,' a satire of academia, specifically of English and writing departments. The setting is Euston College in rural Vermont, a place kids go to if they don't get into Bennington; a place where desperate novelists teach creative writing to rich kids who don't seem to read. Prose, who has taught at all the hotshot workshops, skewers both teachers and students in the way only a true insider could…

"Prose's gift for satire is stunning as she directs her caustic wit at all the current academic debates: sexual-harassment policies warning against all manner of touching'; deconstructionists versus Old School fuddy-duddies; women's studies teachers who bring everything back to the phallocentric Man killing us all."

The review in Vanity Fair proclaimed, "Her trenchant satire of sexual harassment gives political correctness a much deserved poke in the eye."

The New York Observer calls Prose "a writer with a perfect ear for the rhetoric of contemporary self-deception."

She has been the recipient of grants and awards including Guggenheim and a Fulbright fellowships, a Pushcart Prize and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In addition to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Prose has taught at Harvard University, Sarah Lawrence College, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, the Breadloaf Writers' Conference, Warren Wilson College, the University of Utah and Johns Hopkins University.

While she is at the UI, Prose will participate in the International Writing Program conference, "Lost and Found: The Arts of Translation," Oct. 12-14 in the Iowa Memorial Union.

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PREVIEW OF OCTOBOEFEST FOR 'BREATH OF ART' OCT. 12 -- Double reed students from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a preview of OctOBOEfest, the semi-annual celebration of the oboe and related instruments that got it start at the UI, with a performance in the "Breath of Art" series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the UI Museum of Art.

The performance will be under the direction of Mark Weiger, the founder of OctOBOEfest and the director of this year's events. Admission to the Museum, and to the performance, will be free.

A collaborative project between the UI Museum of Art and the UI Division of Performing Arts, "Breath of Art" is a series of musical performances held Friday evenings in the museum. Future performances in the series will include "Ingenuity on Percussion," directed by Dan Moore on Oct. 19; the Iowa Brass Quintet on Oct. 26;the Maia String Quartet on Nov. 2; and French horn improvisations by Jeffrey Agrell on Nov. 30.

Founded in 1992 by UI oboe faculty member Mark Weiger, OctOBOEfest is held at the UI in alternate years. As its name indicates, it is always held around the middle of October -- or "Octoboe," as Weiger prefers to call the 10th month. This year's OctOBOEfest will take place at the Voxman Music Building Friday through Sunday, Oct. 19-21. As in past years, there will be public concerts, master classes, contests and workshops for oboe players.

For the Oct. 12 preview, about a dozen oboe players, six English horns, eight bassoons and a contrabassoon will take part in the performance. The program will include arrangements of Leonard Bernstein's Overture to "Candide," Fats Waller's "Black and Blue" and a medley of Beatles tunes.

Since coming to Iowa in 1988 Weiger has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, England, Mexico, Austria, France and Italy, presented two recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, been a finalist in nine international competitions, won First Prize in the Queens Philharmonic Concerto Competition (NY), performed double concertos with the Chicago Symphony's former principal oboist, Ray Still, and presented solo recitals with many other notable oboists.

Weiger is a founding member of the double reed quartet WiZARDS!, which has released three CDs to critical acclaim, toured 18 states and presented educational residence programs throughout the West and Midwest. As the first oboist to serve as an Artistic Ambassador through the U.S. Information Agency, Weiger performed recitals in Nepal, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan and Sri Lanka. The Tel Aviv News commented: "The quality of collaborative artists in the US Artistic Ambassador program is now unparalleled. On balance, [they] were perhaps the most successful Artistic Ambassadors USIS has ever programmed."

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the museum during the 2001-02 season at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa.