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Release: March 29, 2002

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

BAROQUE MUSIC AT MUSEUM OF ART APRIL 7 -- The Baroque music duo of Julie Elhard, viola da gamba, and Paul Boehnke, harpsichord, will perform at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7 in the Lasansky Room of the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

Their appearance, which is sponsored by the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, will be free and open to the public. The concert is part of an annual series of early music performances. It has been moved to the museum from its planned location in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol, due to the fire that closed the building.

Elhard and Boehnke will perform works by French composers of the 17th and 18th century: the Suite in F major by Louis Couperin, Suite in A minor (Book V) and "Tombeau pour Msr. de Ste. Colombe" by Marin Marais,, "La Regente" and "La Marella" by Antoine Forqueray, and finally, "Les Folies de Spagne" by Marais.

Elhard, appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician and has made several appearances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, including performances of the "St. Matthew Passion" by J.S. Bach under the direction of Nicholas McGegan. She has been a guest artist with the Baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire in Cleveland and is a frequent guest artist of the University of Minnesota Bach Festival.

Elhard is a founding member of Ensemble 392 and Trio Atlantica and was recently awarded a Jerome Foundation grant to study early string playing with Margriet Tindemans. She received a Performing Artist Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Netherlands, and has taught at workshops in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and at the Viola da Gamba Society of America's National Conclave. Elhard teaches viola da gamba at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and at MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis.

Boehnke has appeared as a soloist and continuo player with the Lyra Concert, as a guest artist for the University of Minnesota's Bach Festival, and as a soloist for the British Festival of Minnesota and the American Guild of Organists. He has performed with Trio Atlantica and Ensemble 392, specializing in music of the French Baroque.

Boehnke studied harpsichord in Amsterdam and holds a master's degree in organ from Arizona State University. He currently is Music Director at Olivet Congregational Church in St. Paul, Minn., and can be heard playing the D minor keyboard concerto by J.S. Bach on a Best of Lyra compact disc.

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/. The Iowa City Early Keyboard Society web page is at http://www.jccn.iowa-city.ia.us/~iceks1/.

To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.

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"RAYMUNDO Y TOMAS" IN 'BREATH OF ART' SERIES APRIL 12 -- Regional songwriters
and recording artists "Raymundo y Tomas" will present an evening of popular Mexican music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 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.

Performers Raymundo Rosales and Tom Nothnagle will perform and explain the history of several Mexican song types, including the corrido (ballad), the bolero (love song) and the ranchero (country song).

The event coincides with "Jose Guadalupe Posada: My Mexico," a current exhibition by the Mexican artist at the Museum of Art that runs through July 21.

Posada's etchings and engravings illustrate life during the decades before and during the early years of the Mexican Revolution. Political events, crimes, disasters, miracles and popular culture are described in Posada's prints through combinations of images and texts, including satirical skeletons and popular ballads.

Raymundo y Thomas have been playing Mexican and Spanish pop flamenco music around Iowa for the last 12 years. Raymundo notes, "We are often commissioned by lovers to play serenades at a window late in the night for their loved ones -- the Latin-style private serenade is one of our specialties. We have played for funerals, weddings, baptisms, graduations, breakfasts, seniors, children and convalescing cancer patients."

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 >.