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Release:April 12, 2002

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

CHAMBER ORCHESTRAS APRIL 21 -- The All-University String Orchestra and Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra will present a joint concert, under the direction of graduate student conductors, at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The first half of the concert will be played by the All-University String Orchestra. John Winsenburg will conduct two pieces: the Chacony in G minor of Henry Purcell and the "Romanze" of Sergei Rachmaninoff. Jean Montes will conduct the Sinfonia No. 9, one of the youthful string symphonies of Felix Mendelssohn, "Two Elegiac Melodies" by Edvard Grieg, and "Sonoralia" by Emmanuel Arias.

After intermission, the Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra will play Johannes Brahms' "Tragic Overture" with conductor Timothy Dixon. Jean Montes will conduct Tchaikovsky's fantasy-overture "Romeo and Juliet" and J.S. Bach's "Wachet Auf" (Sleeprs awake), as arranged by Eugene Ormandy.

Dixon and Montes are performing on the concert in partial fulfillment of the requirements of a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting.

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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ORGAN RECITAL APRIL 21 -- David Higgs, chair of the organ department at the Eastman School of Music, will present a free guest recital on the organ in University of Iowa Clapp Recital Hall, at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 21.

Higgs will play works by J. S. Bach, David Conte, William Bolcom, Julius Reubke, Cesar Franck, and Johann Kittel. He will perform as a guest of the UI School of Music.

One of America's leading concert organists, Higgs has received extensive critical acclaim. The New York Times wrote after one performance, "Mr. Higgs' outstanding virtues are three: very secure finger work, an unusual sense of tempo that is at once buoyant and rock-steady, and an imaginative judgment of organ registrations that subtly exploits a wide range of effects but never insists on showing us the whole range within a single piece."

Following his first appearance at a national meeting of the American Guild of Organists, American Organist magazine reported, "David Higgs made a sensational national convention debut.. . . . Playing from memory with a security, musicality and aplomb that would grace any musical stage, Higgs gave brilliant performances of everything."

Higgs has inaugurated many important new instruments including St. Stephan's Cathedral in Vienna; the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas; and the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City. He has performed with major professional ensembles including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chanticleer and the Empire Brass. He made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony in 1987 and for 12 years played annual Christmas recitals to capacity audiences at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall.

Higgs appears frequently at major national and international organ festivals. Recent engagements have included the International Organ Festivals of Calgary, Naples, Redlands and San Anselmo; the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival; and the Summer Organ Academies of the Interlochen School for the Arts and Mt. Royal College-Conservatory in Calgary. In England, he has appeared several times at the Oundle International Festival, the St. Albans International Festival, and the Cambridge Summer Festival.

Higgs is a frequent lecturer and master teacher for conferences, workshops, and festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. He was appointed to the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music upon graduation from that institution, and was later the director of church music studies at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley. He was appointed to the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in 1992. He has recorded for Delos International, Pro Organo, and Gothic records.

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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ART HISTORY LECTURE APRIL 24 -- Mary D. Sheriff, the Daniel W. Patterson Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present a lecture on the 18th-century painter Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in Room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building.

Sheriff's talk, "The Cradle is Empty: Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun Paints Marie-Antoinette and Her Children," will be free and open to the public.

Sheriff, who joined the North Carolina faculty in 1983, teaches courses on the history of art and women and the visual arts, as well as specialized graduate seminars. She has been acting chair of the art department and chair of the division of fine arts. Her scholarly interests include 18th-century French art and culture, art theory and women's studies.

Sheriff is the author of several books on art history, including "The Exceptional Woman: Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun and the Cultural Politics of Art," "J.-H. Fragonard: Art and Eroticism" and "The Cambridge Companion to Watteau." She was co-editor of the academic journal Eighteenth Century Studies. Her most recent work in progress is "Man's Inspiration, Woman's Disease: Art and Enthusiasm in the French Enlightenment."

Awarded several fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Sheriff held the Hohenberg Chair of Excellence at the University of Memphis in 1993-1994. She earned her doctorate at the University of Delaware.

Sheriff's activities at the UI are supported by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, which brings outstanding scholars to the UI campus for residencies ranging from a few days to an entire academic year. A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet with students and faculty.

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POSADA LECTURE APRIL 25 -- Patrick Frank, assistant professor in the Kress Department of Art History at the University of Kansas, will present, "Posada's Prints and the Mexican People," on Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The lecture is being held in association with "Jose Guadalupe Posada: My Mexico," an exhibition that will run through July 21 at the UI Museum of Art.

Frank is the author of several works relating to Latin American art, including "Posada's Broadsheets: Popular Imagery in Mexico City, 1890-1910" and "Charlot, Posada, and Mexican Life," a principal essay in the catalog that accompanies the current exhibition at the Museum of Art.

In 1998, Frank organized the exhibition "Bandits and Bullfighters: Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Prints by Posada/Toreros y Bandoleros: Heroes y Anti-Heroes en la Obra de Posada" at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Frank received his masters and doctoral degrees. from George Washington University and has taught at St. Mary's College of Maryland and at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He currently teaches courses in Latin American art at the University of Kansas.

"Jose Guadalupe Posada: My Mexico" features Posada's etchings and engravings that illustrate life during the decades before and during the early years of the Mexican Revolution. Political events, crimes, disasters, miracles, and popular culture are portrayed in Posada's prints through combinations of images and texts, including satirical skeletons and popular ballads.

"Jose Guadalupe Posada: My Mexico" is organized by the University of Hawaii Art Gallery. It is supported in part by a grant from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Charlot Foundation, the UH Women's Campus Club, the University of Hawaii Student Activity and Program Fee Board, and the Watmull Grant for Museum Studies in the Arts.

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

The University of Iowa Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Museum hours are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday noon-5 p.m. and Thursday and Friday noon-10 p.m. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in the UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive and just north of the museum.

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

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DANCE PROGRAM AT 'BREATH OF ART' APRIL 26 -- Choreographer and University of Iowa department of dance graduate student Kathleen Burnett will present an evening of her new choreography at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26 at the University of Iowa Museum of Art as part of the weekly "Breath of Art" series.

Admission is free to the museum and to all "Breath of Art" performances.

Dancers from the UI dance department will present Burnett's works which display a variety of dance forms, including jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, tap, ballet and modern.

Burnett received her bachelor's degree in dance from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. For 21 years she maintained her own dance company and studio -- the Burnett Dancensemble and the Burnett Dance Center -- in Quincy, Ill, before coming to the UI in January 2000 to pursue her Master of Fine Arts degree. She recently presented her dance thesis in a concert at Space/Place on the UI campus.

The "Breath of Art" series is coordinated by the UI Arts Share program. Events on the series will include musical and dance performances, short plays and literary readings.

The UI Arts Share program provides artistic resources from the Iowa Center for the Arts to schools and community organizations. Arts Share is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information, call director Diane Kenney Handler at (319) 335-1618 or send an e-mail to <d-kenney-handler@uiowa.edu>.

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

The UI Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. 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 >. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact < deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu >.