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Jan. 17, 2012

At A Glance

RVAP educates during January, National Stalking Awareness Month

Edward Cullen, the main character of the Twilight book and movie series, would be arrested for stalking "IRL" -- texting shorthand for "In Real Life."

"Stalking Awareness -- Know It. Name It. Stop It" is the theme of a major awareness campaign launched by the University of Iowa Rape Victim Advocacy Program during the month of January, National Stalking Awareness Month, unveiled this week as UI students, staff, and faculty return to classes.

Posters and advertisements featuring Cullen with the message "It's NOT romantic, it's NOT funny, and it's NOT okay" are being distributed across campus and in junior high schools, high schools, and community centers in a four-county area served by RVAP, according to Susan Junis, RVAP education coordinator.

Stalking behavior includes following someone, disabling someone's car to prevent their movement, and breaking into someone's house to watch them sleep, some of the behaviors exhibited by Cullen in the Twilight series.

Junis says this is a crime that impacts 3.4 million victims a year, and it should be taken very seriously. For more information, visit or RVAP offers free, confidential services to female and male victims/survivors of all forms of sexual violence as well as their families and friends.


Baritone Swanson recreates his senior recital 45 years later

Baritone Stephen Swanson, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by pianist Casey Rafn to perform "Senior Recital Revisited: 45 Years Later," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, in Iowa City's Congregational United Church of Christ, 30 N. Clinton St.

The event will recreate the 1967 recital program Swanson gave in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Music degree at North Park College in Chicago. As an academic exercise the recital was intended to demonstrate proficiency in several foreign languages, mastery of a variety of musical styles, and a comfort level in performing both arias and art songs.

The program will begin with arias from Handel's "Messiah" and Bach's Cantata #130. Swanson will also sing German art songs by Brahms, Schubert, Wolf, and Strauss, followed by French art songs by Duparc and Ravel. The program will conclude with selections from Vaughan Williams' "Songs of Travel."

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Rafn is a student Ksenia Nosikova majoring in piano performance. He won the 2010 Iowa Music Teachers Association Young Artist competition, and at the 2011 Liszt-Garrison International Competition of the American Liszt Society he was awarded the top two Young Artist prizes.


Pianist Leljak will play Chopin and Rachmaninov in UI guest recital

Pianist Dorian Leljak, a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music, will perform music by Chopin and Rachmaninov in a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

The program will include a prelude, two mazurkas, two nocturnes and the Barcarolle, Op. 60, by Chopin, and Rachmaninov's Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor (second version).

Leljak, who teaches at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in Serbia and the Royal College of Music, has won several international piano competitions, including the Rachmaninov Competition in Belgrade. He has performed worldwide as a recitalist and orchestral soloist.

He is also the artistic director of the International Isidor Bajic Piano Competition, president of the World Piano Teachers Association and the World Piano Congress, and president of the European Piano Teachers Association.


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