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Jan. 21, 2005

Dan Knight Trio Plays Harold Arlen At UI Museum Of Art Feb. 4

Dan Knight, the well-known Iowa City jazz pianist, will continue his ongoing series of performances at the UI Museum of Art (UIMA) with "Let's Fall in Love: The Dan Knight Trio plays Harold Arlen" at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 in the museum's Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

Appearing with Knight will be members of his trio -- Craig Dove, bass, and Nick George, percussion. The program will feature a number of Harold Arlen standards, including "Let's Fall in Love," "Old Black Magic," "Paper Moon," "A Sleepin' Bee," "I've Got the World on a String," "Stormy Weather" and "One for my Baby."

Knight commented on his choice of Arlen for a full evening's program: "Although he wrote the music to what has become the most well known song of the 20th century -- 'Over The Rainbow' -- Harold Arlen remains the greatest little-known composer America has produced. His melodies fit his personality: sophisticated, yet accessible.

"He wrote with the best lyricists of his time: Johnny Mercer, Yip Harburg, Ted Koehler, Ira Gershwin and Dorothy Fields, just to name a few. Together, they created classics. These are true American art songs.

"The problem with this performance will be trying to figure out which Harold Arlen songs to omit. After all, there are only so many songs a group can perform in two hours! I truly won't know which songs to pick until we print the programs the day before the concert."

Knight has a regular date, playing at the UIMA on the first Friday of each month. Knight, who has a longstanding relationship with the Museum of Art, will also play on Fridays March 4, April 1 and May 6.

Knight has often played in the museum. In 1999 he recorded and released a CD of music inspired by nine paintings in the museum's permanent collection, "Pictures at an Exhibition," and he played in the UIMA twice during the spring semester of 2004.

A Steinway Artist as well as a composer, educator and a respected improviser, Knight has built a worldwide reputation. He has made several CD recordings for After Hours Recordings, including "Dan Knight and the La Fosse Jazz Trio: Live from Studio III," recorded with the late UI violin faculty member Leopold La Fosse; "Dan Knight Duo: Live at Riverside Theatre"; and "Dan Knight Quartet: Live at the Cottonwood Club."

More information on Knight is available at his web page, www.danknight.com.

Admission to UIMA is free. Admission to the performance -- $5 for museum members and $10 for non-members -- will be collected at the door of the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar available in the atrium during the performance.

Museum memberships are available for contributions of $25 or more. Contributions support exhibitions, programs and acquisitions by the museum. For further information, contact the museum's membership coordinator, Buffie Tucker, at 319-353-2847 or by email at buffie-tucker@uiowa.edu.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Fridays. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. Information on other UI arts events is available at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.