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Oct. 19, 2006

Classical Music And Comics Will Coexist On Nov. 3 'Know The Score' Broadcast

The apparently incongruous worlds of classical music and comic books will coexist happily when the radio program "Know the Score LIVE!" is broadcast between 5 and 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, from the University of Iowa Museum of Art's Lasansky Gallery and the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

The program, part of the weekly arts and humanities series hosted by Joan Kjaer, can be heard at that time on radio station KSUI-FM 91.7 (101.7 FM in Dubuque). It will be rebroadcast on KSUI-FM from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8. You may also listen to the broadcast on the Internet at

The live event in the Museum of Art will be open to the public free of charge.

The program will open with live music, when a chamber orchestra of young classical musicians studying at Iowa City's Preucil School of Music performs under the direction of Anthony Arnone, a member of the UI music faculty.

Comics will come to the fore in the next segment of the program, a conversation with Chris Offutt, a member of the faculty at the UI Writers' Workshop and an award-winning author. Offutt, whose non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times and on National Public Radio, is the author of a number of books, screenplays, essays -- and comics!

He'll read selections from his writings but, the conversation will focus particularly on his love of comics and his use of comics when teaching university classes.

Finally, pianist Ksenia Nosikova from the School of Music faculty will discuss her recently completed three-disk, multi-year recording project of Franz Liszt's monumental "Years of Pilgrimage." She will talk about the composer's life and play selections from his important and poetic piano work.

The University of Iowa Alumni Association is the corporate sponsor of "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcasts. Refreshments are provided by the Prairie Table.

Located in Iowa City, the Preucil School of Music teaches music according to the philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki, who believed that all children can develop their abilities in music and other areas to a high level if they learn in the manner that they learned to speak their mother tongue. Learn more about the Preucil School at

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

Information on KSUI broadcasts is available at For more information in the UI Museum of Art visit on the World Wide Web.

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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; cell: 319-541-2846;