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Jan. 9, 2006

UI Arts Share's Target Community Concert Series Presents 'Dueling Pianos'

The Target Community Concert Series, presented by the University of Iowa Arts Share program, will present "Dueling Pianos," a free concert featuring UI School of Music faculty member Alan Huckleberry and several undergraduate and graduate student pianists, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert -- less than an hour long -- will feature several piano duos, and will conclude with a stage full of pianos for Arthur Frackenpohl's "Intro and Rag," scored for four pianos, 16 hands.

The duets will be "Jeux d'Enfants" by Georges Bizet, "Petite Suite" by Claude Debussy, "Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens and a selection of Brahms waltzes.

"These pieces are excellent for children: 'Jeux d'Enfants' was actually written for children and has movements that describe things like dolls and merry-go-rounds," explains Katheryn Allen, the undergraduate piano student who is organizing the event. "The 'Petite Suite' describes a boat on the ocean, several dances and a ballet. And the 'Carnival of the Animals' is a musical portrait of animals that would be found at the zoo."

The goal of Arts Share is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas and to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa -- a goal in perfect synch with the UI Year of Public Engagement.

To serve that goal, Arts Share makes artists available in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing. The available activities range from workshops to ensemble coaching to concerts to lectures -- and even special, custom-designed projects.

The program also sponsors a variety of on-campus performances available to school groups from throughout the region.

The 2005-06 Arts Share roster includes more than 100 individual artists and ensembles, with options to fit a variety of needs and budgets. Many schools have scheduled several Arts Share artists to create a concentrated arts day, or have engaged an artist to make multiple visits, enabling their guidance of long-term projects.

Arts Share sponsors for 2005-06 include Alliant Energy Foundation, the Optimists, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, the John K. and Luise V. Hanson Foundation and Target Stores.

UI President David J. Skorton has declared the 2005-2006 academic year the Year of Public Engagement, during which the university community is intensifying its efforts and sharpening its focus on engagement with the public and public issues at the local, state, national and international levels. More information is online, www.ype.uiowa.edu.

Arts Share is the outreach program of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School of Music is one of the division's academic departments.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, 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: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu