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Release: Feb. 15, 2002

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

AKC MUSEUM DIRECTOR WILL LECTURE FEB. 24 -- Barbara Jedda McNab, executive director of the American Kennel Club (AKC) Museum of the Dog in St. Louis, will present a slide lecture, "Going to the Dogs," at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The lecture will be presented in conjunction with the current museum exhibition "William Wegman: Fashion Photographs," on display through April 14. The exhibition features Wegman's Weimaraner dogs dressed in designer fashions.

McNab, who has been with the AKC Museum of the Dog since 1993, will use slides to introduce a number of works from the museum's extensive collection of dogs in art, from the 17th century through today. A highlight of the collection that will be discussed in the lecture is "Deerhound and Recumbent Foxhound," an oil painting by Sir Edwin Landseer, a well-known animal artist of 19th-century England.

Landseer was one of the artists represented in the Museum of Art's 1998 blockbuster, "Victorian Fairy Paintings," one of the most popular exhibitions ever shown at the museum.

The AKC Museum of the Dog is known for its celebration of man's relationship to the dog. It houses more than 500 paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures in bronze and porcelain, and a wide variety of artifacts including rare books, antique dog collars and photographs.

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 appearance of the exhibition at the UI Museum of Art is sponsored by the Hudson River Gallery and Frame Co., and the media partner is the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

The University of Iowa Museum of Art is located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City. The Museum will be open noon-5 p.m. the day of McNabb's talk. Admission is free.

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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CONCERT OF NEW MUSIC FEB. 24 -- The Composers Workshop from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a concert of new music by student composers at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

Six works by graduate and undergraduate students will be performed on the concert:

--"No Bones About It -- Redux" for video, tape and mixed instrumental quartet by undergraduate Evan Mazunik, a senior majoring in piano performance;

--"Aggies, Alleys, Brandie" for tape by graduate musicology student Megan Jenkins;

--"Speechwalls" for solo oboe by graduate composition student Christopher D. Brakel;

--"In my room: Three Miniatures for Electric Bass and Tape" by doctoral composition student Thomas Judson;

--"Moonscape" for videotape by graduate composition student Michael Cash; and

--"A Lover Mourns" for soprano and piano by undergraduate composition student Matthew Grusha.

"Aggies, Alleys, Brandies," which uses the taped voices of the composer and her father, is named from a list of marbles found in a museum in St. Augustine, Fla. The list included aggies, alleys, chinas, taws, twofers, crackies, commies, mariddles, and many more.

Judson says "In my room" is "based on very special items on my shelf. Each one represents a different love in my life: one for misplaced love, one love for the children I taught, and one for love of friends."

"Moonscape" was written in the fall semester for the UI Dance Department's Advanced Choreographic Design concert. Cash's presentation will feature an edited video of the performance of the piece given on Dec. 7.

"Speechwalls" is part of an ongoing collection of completed and planned solo instrumental works. Te title is taken from a poem of the same name by Paul Celan.

"A Lover Mourns" is a short work based upon a poem of the same title by W.B. Yeats, from Yeats' 1899 collection "The Wind Among the Reeds."

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 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>.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: The title of Thomas Judson's piece includes a character that could not be sent by e-mail, an ampersand that is attached at the end of the word "room" without a space. If you wish to print the title as the composer gave it for the program, please add the ampersand.)

UNIVERSITY AND CONCERT BANDS FEB. 27 -- The University Band and Concert Band from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a joint concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. Their performance will be free and open to the public.

The University Band and Concert Band are two of the performing groups of the UI Band Department. Both groups are open by audition to all UI students. They present a series of joint concerts during the academic year.

The Concert Band is directed by Kevin Kastens, a UI faculty member who is also conductor of the Hawkeye Marching Band and director of the All-State Music Camps. For the Feb. 27 concert, Kastens will conduct the Symphony No. 1, "The Lord of the Rings," by Johan de Meij. Craig Aarhus, a graduate assistant in the Band Department, will lead the band in a performance of the Overture to "La Belle Helene" (Beautiful Helen) by Jacques Offenbach, as arranged for band by Lawerence Odom.

The University Band is directed by UI graduate assistant Boyd Perkins. They will play "Canticle of the Creatures": A Symphonic Suite for Band by James Curnow; "A Festival Prelude" by Alfred Reed; "Daydream" by UI alumnus Timothy Mahr, the band conductor at St. Olaf College; Roland Kernen's "Budapest Impressions"; and the "Billboard March" of John Klohr.

J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy has fascinated millions of readers since its publication in 1955. It is now the subject of a series of three planned films, the first of which was one of the top films of the past year and recently garnered 13 Academy Award nominations.

De Meij won the 1989 Sudler International Wind Band Composition Competition for his symphony, which was written 1984-87. The score had its premiere in Brussels in March 1988.

The symphony has five movements that describe characters and locations from the books. The first movement is a musical portrait of the wizard Gandalf, one of the principal characters of the trilogy. The second movement is an impression of Lothlorien, the elves' forest with its beautiful trees. The third movement describes the monstrous creature Gollum, a slimy, sly being represented by the soprano saxophone.

The fourth movement describes the laborious and treacherous journey of the Fellowship of the Ring, through the dark tunnels of the Mines of Moria -- a dramatic sequence faithfully portrayed in the film. The slow walking cadence and the fear are represented by the monotonous rhythm of the low brass, piano and percussion. After a wild pursuit by hostile creatures, Gandalf is engaged in a battle with a horrible monster, the Balrog, and crashes from a subterranean bridge into a deep abyss. To the melancholy strains of a funeral march, the bewildered companions trudge on.

The final movement expresses the carefree and optimistic character of the Hobbits in a happy folk dance. The symphony does not end on an exuberant note, however, but is concluded peacefully, in keeping with the symbolic mood of the last chapter of the trilogy, in which the hobbit Frodo and Gandalf sail away in a white ship and disappear slowly beyond the horizon.

Kastens has presented workshops and clinics on marching band techniques and computer drill design and appeared as guest conductor throughout the Midwest and Canada. He has had

numerous articles published on instrumental music education in The Instrumentalist and other professional publications. A leader in the field of computer-assisted marching band drill design, he helped develop "Drill Quest," a drill-writing software program

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>.