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Release: Feb. 22, 2002

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PHILHARMONIA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MARCH 3 -- The Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a concert with student conductors at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of music graduate students Timothy Dixon and John Winzenburg, will be free and open to the public.

Winzenburg will conduct the Overture to "King Stephen," op. 117, by Ludwig van Beethoven. Dixon, whose performance is presented in partial fulfillment for a doctorate in orchestral conducting, will conduct the Symphony No.9 ("From the New World") by Antonin Dvorak.

Beethoven's overture was written in the summer of 1811 as the composer was at the spa of Teplitz, recovering from poor health. It was included in a package of incidental music (overture and nine numbers, primarily choruses) for Auguste von Kotzebue's Hungarian folk-play "King Stephan, Hungary's First Benefactor," which was being produced for the anticipated dedication of a new municipal theater in what is now Budapest. Instead, the premier of this work actually took place in early 1812 as part of a birthday celebration for the Austrian Emperor Franz I.

Dvorak wrote his Ninth Symphony in 1892-93, during his first year as director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York. The Symphony was completed in New York in May, 1893, and copied in the following summer, during Dvorak's visit to the Czech community of Spillville, Ia. The premiere was given in Carnegie Hall by the New York Philharmonic orchestra under director Anton Seidl on Dec. 16, 1893.

The symphony took its title from a notation the Dvorak jotted carelessly on the title page -- "From the New World" -- just before delivering the score to Seidl for orchestral rehearsals. It was hailed at its premiere, with extensive coverage in New York's newspapers, a lengthy standing ovation by the capacity audience and repeated calls for the composer, who took his bows from a box overlooking the main floor. The symphony has remained one of the most popular classical works ever written, with frequent performances on numerous recordings.

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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IRISH MUSICIANS MARCH 7 -- Timmy Britton and Pat Egan will present a free public performance and discussion of traditional Irish music at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7 in Room 1020 of the Voxman Music Building on the University of Iowa campus. Their performance is presented in conjunction with the UI School of Music World Music course, taught by T.M. Scruggs.

Britton has performed and recorded traditional Irish music for 25 years and appeared on more than two dozen recordings. An extremely versatile musician, he is well known as a accomplished performer of the uillean pipes, wooden flute and tin whistle. His extensive experience with Irish musical traditions is augmented by the many influences he grew up with in the heart of the Philadelphia folk revival.

A native of Tipperary, Ireland, Egan has developed over the last 20 years his own powerfully emotive style of guitar accompaniment and vocal delivery. In performances around the globe he has become known for his clear voice and soulful songs. He particularly likes to present little known songs, both old and new, that fit into a more contemporary musical context.

Scruggs is an ethnomusicologist who specializes in the music of Latin America and the Caribbean. His work focuses on the use of music in constructing social identity. In 1995 he founded the UI Steel Pan ensemble, the first world music performance group at the UI.

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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GALLERY SERIES PRESENTS 'ALCESTIS GO' MARCH 7-9 -- The University Theatres Gallery series will present "Alcestis Go," written by Iowa Playwrights Workshop graduate student Victoria Stewart and directed by Liza Williams, at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 7-8, and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Marcy 9, in the Space/Place Theatre B of University of Iowa North Hall.

"Alcestis Go" is a screwball look into postmodern tragedy. Using Euripides as the text and Blink 182 as the score, the production looks at all that could go wrong in one evening of pretentious, arty theater. The production features lighting design by Luke Olson.

Stewart's "Nightwatches" and "The Last Scene" have been produced by the Iowa New Play Festival.

Admission will be $5 ($3 for UI students) at the door.

The UI Department of Theatre Arts is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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GALLERY SERIES PRESENTS 'THE ROAD TO SANTIAGO' MARCH 7-10 -- The University Theatres Gallery series will present "The Road to Santiago" by Iowa Playwrights Workshop

graduate student Jeannine Coulombe at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.

"The Price is Right" and a 12th-century Christian pilgrimage converge in this new script. A group of ever-changing characters take a magical --perhaps miraculous -- journey from spinning the Big Wheel with Bob Barker to kneeling at the shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostela.

Coulombe's "The Vacant Lot" won the National AIDS Fund/CFDA-Vogue Initiative Award for Playwriting in the 2001 national competition of the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF), sponsored by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her works have been produced at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Theatre Unbound in Minneapolis.

"The Road to Santiago," which was given a reading last spring in the Iowa New Play Festival, is directed by Andrew Golla, with costume design by Kara Midlam, set design by Robert Hamel and William Lance, and lighting design by Timothy Kaufman.

Admission will be $5 ($3 for UI students) at the door.

The UI Department of Theatre Arts is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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WRITERS' WORKSHOP FEATURED ON 'BREATH OF ART' MARCH 8 -- Poet Joe Millar and fiction writer Seth Harwood, graduate teaching assistants in the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read selections of their work at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, in the UI 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.

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

Millar, will read a selection of poems geared for a wide audience. He currently serves as associate editor of the International Poetry Review. His most resent publications include works in the Columbia Review, the Greensboro Review and High Plains Literary Review.

Harwood will read his story "Night-Swimming in Walden Pond," from a collection in progress titled "Rebuilding Men." His stories have been published in the Charles River Review, the Quercus Review and on the web at www.whyzine.com, as well as the Cambridge Chronicle and Tab newspapers. He has worked with Denis Johnson, Chris Offutt, Ethan Canin and Brad Watson, among others.

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 .