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Jan. 19, 2012

At A Glance

UI Recreational Services offers kayak rolling series this spring

University of Iowa Recreational Services is offering "Kayak Rolling Series–Spring," a course designed to teach the basic skills needed to kayak in white water.

The course will meet from 8 to 10 p.m. Tuesday nights, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, and Feb. 14, in the UI Field House pool. Each session will build off skills learned in the previous session. This hands-on training is a prerequisite for a white water kayaking adventure trip to the St. Francis River in Missouri to be held in May 2012.

The fee is $60; registration deadline is Friday, Jan. 27. For more information, visit


Tubist Manning prepares for Argentine brass festival with Feb. 1 UI recital

Tubist John Manning, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will prepare for his upcoming engagement at the Isla Verde Bronces Brass Festival with a free recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall. He will be assisted by pianist Lee Nguyen and faculty trombonist Jonathan Allen.

The program will feature a commissioned world premiere by Argentine composer Roberto Pintos, as well as "Three Romances for Susie" by Barbara York, "Thoughts of Sunraysia" by Australian composer Eric Gross, Dialogue for Trombone and Tuba by John Stevens, and "Concertpiece for Tuba and Piano" by Libby Larsen, and Manning's arrangement of the Concerto for Double Bass by Capuzzi.

Manning will play some of this program Feb. 10 in Isla Verde, where he will be on a faculty that includes Paul Archibald from the Royal Academy in London, Jacques Mauger from the Paris Opera, international soloist Pierre Badel, Frank Lloyd from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Canadian Brass founding member Ronald Romm.

Read biographies of Manning and Allen at Learn more about the festival at


Enjoy the snow with Ski & S'mores on Feb. 3

University of Iowa Recreational Services is hosting its annual Moonlight Ski & S'mores event from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at Macbride Nature Recreation Area. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

Ski rentals are available from the Outdoor Recreation Center, 319-384-1225. If there is no snow on Feb. 3, the event will be cancelled.

For more information, visit


Organist Plutz will present UI guest recital Feb. 3

Eric Plutz, university organist at Princeton University, will present a free recital as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

He will perform the Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, Op. 37, No. 1, by Felix Mendelssohn; Trumpet Minuet by Alfred Hollins; the Scherzo from Five Short Pieces by Percy Whitlock; a Serenade by contemporary composer Derek Bourgeois; the Andante, K. 616 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Sonata No. 3 in d, BWV 527, by Johann Sebastian Bach; "Miroir" by contemporary composer Ad Wammes; Capriccio on the Notes of the Cuckoo by Richard Purvis; and three settings of "Ein' Feste Burg" by Jan Bender, Johann Gottfried Walther, and Gerald Near.

At Princeton Plutz' responsibilities include playing for weekly services at the chapel, academic ceremonies, solo concerts, and accompanying the Chapel Choir in services and concerts. Plutz, originally from Rock Island, Ill., is a graduate of the Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music, and he has recorded two well-received CDs.


Musicians are invited to participate in John Cage Musicircus Feb. 12

Musicians of all sorts are invited to participate when the University of Iowa Center for New Music (CNM) celebrates the birth centennial of influential composer/provocateur John Cage with a staging of his 1967 Musicircus from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12. Musicircus will take over the entire second floor of the Old Capitol Town Center, with simultaneous performances by more than 400 musicians, dancers, and actors.

Musicircus will be part of a daylong John Cage Celebration including three concerts, a lecture and a panel discussion. See The musical "happening" that Cage conceived in 1967 is being staged in many venues this year to mark the centennial.

Musicians who wish to be part of the Musicircus should contact CNM Director David Gompper -- -- so that plans can be made for the locations of the performers.


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