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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE EXPLORES 'WORLD OF PERCUSSION' FEB. 16 -- The Percussion
Ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music will present "The
World of Percussion," a concert ranging from Brazilian street samba to
American ragtime to a new piece played on buckets, at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
16, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
The concert, under the direction of Dan Moore, will be free and open to the
The concert program will feature some of the many styles of percussion music
of the Americas. Selections will include "Soul Sauce" by Chano Pozo
and Dizzy Gillespie, a top-10 hit in the 1950s in a recording by vibes player
Cal Tjader; "Fanfarra," a Brazilian street samba recorded and arranged
by Sergio Mendez; "Marimba Grande," traditional marimba music from
Guatemala; and the ragtime tune "Chromatic Foxtrot" by George Hamilton
Other works from around the world will include "Dream of the Cherry
Blossoms" by Japanese composer Keiko Abe; "Senegal Calling,"
a jazz- and world-music-influenced piece by American Mike Maineri; and "Osaine
and Mingus" by UI undergraduate student Johnathan Crawford, which is
based on Cuban religious music.
The concert will end with "Don't Kick the Bucket," a piece by Moore
that will be played on buckets.
The UI Percussion Ensemble provides students with performance experience
in wide-ranging contemporary styles, many different cultural traditions and
the historical roots of percussion. With an extensive array of instruments
-- from traditional drums, xylophones and cymbals to just about anything that
can be struck, scraped, shaken or smashed together -- Percussion Ensemble
performances generally run the gamut from gentle melodies to explosive outbursts
A nationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore holds the position
previously occupied by long-time UI percussion teacher Thomas L. Davis, who
retired last spring. Prior to coming to the UI, Moore helped lead the SkyRyders
Drum and Bugle Corps, taught percussion at Montana State University and studied
for a doctorate in percussion at the University of Kentucky.
For the past 10 years Moore has toured as a member of the Britain/Moore Duo.
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PROSE READS FEB. 18 -- Novelist Francine Prose will read from her new book,
"Guided Tours of Hell," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the Prairie
Lights Bookstore at 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading,
sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights, is free and open
to the public.
Prose, who has been called one of the most important American writers publishing
today, is the author of 10 acclaimed novels and a collection of stories, including
"Guided Tours of Hell," "Bigfoot Dreams," "Women
and Children First," "Primitive People," "Hunters and
Gatherers," "Marie Laveau," "The Glorious Ones" and
"The Peaceable Kingdom." Her novel "Household Saints"
was made into a major motion picture directed by Jonathan Demme and starring
Known for her "funny, imaginative and often fantastical novels and stories,"
as Publisher's Weekly describes it, Prose has in recent years begun to write
more darkly, and closer to home in her novels "Primitive People"
and "Hunters and Gatherers," and most recently in "Guided Tours
of Hell," the newly published pair of novellas from which she will read.
The New York Observer calls Prose "a writer with a perfect ear for the
rhetoric of contemporary self-deception."
Rhoda Koenig of New York magazine says "Francine Prose's wicked portraits
of American Primitives seem like illustrations of Clemenceau's comment that
this country has gone from barbarism to decadence without passing through
Of "Guided Tours of Hell," Vanity Fair says, "Dare to sear
the fat from your brain with these dual novellas that crackle and hiss with
dark wit, skewering the treasured, romantic ideal of Americans finding themselves
A former visiting faculty member at the UI Writers' Workshop, Prose has taught
at Harvard, Sarah Lawrence, the Breadloaf Writers' Conference and the University
of Utah. She has published stories, reviews and articles in numerous publications,
including The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Atlantic, Mademoiselle and
Vogue. Prose is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, fellowships from the Guggenheim
and Fulbright foundations, and two grants from the National Endowment for
the Arts, among other awards.
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PERSPECTIVES Feb. 19 -- University of Iowa art history faculty member Robert
Rorex will present a slide lecture on the work of Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi as part
of the weekly Perspectives series at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the
UI Museum of Art.
The presentation, which is offered in conjunction with the exhibition "The
Woodblock Prints of Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi: Samurai Stories," is free and
open to the public.
Kuniyoshi, a Japanese printmaker who lived during the 19th century, was extremely
popular and prolific. His work reflects the immense aesthetic and social changes
Japan underwent when its centuries-long period of isolation came to an end.
This collection of Kuniyoshi's triptychs focuses particularly on warrior
or Samurai stories, an artistic genre that became popular following an imperial
decree forbidding production of prints depicting the morally suspect red-light
districts and Noh theatre actresses. Samurai stories were officially sanctioned
as celebrations of the heroic Japanese past.
The exhibition is gathered from a private collection in Iowa City.
M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1996-97
Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa
The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Admission to the museum is free.
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ANCESTORS' SPEAK IN GALLERY PRODUCTION FEB. 20-23 -- The University Theatres
Gallery series will present Shay Youngblood's "Talking Bones," winner
of the Lorraine Hansberry Award for plays about the African-American experience,
at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 20-22, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
23, in Theatre B of the University of Iowa Theatre Building.
"Talking Bones" is a portrait of three women who have different
interpretations of the meaning of voices they hear in their heads.
"I grew up in a house where the elders heard voices, and it was understood
that these voices were the voices of the ancestors," the playwright has
written. "I didn't think it very odd until I went out into the world
and learned that 'people who heard voices were crazy.'"
The Lorraine Hansberry Award is administered by the American College Theatre
Festival in honor of the famed African-American author, who wrote in "To
Be Young, Gifted and Black": "Write about our people; tell their
story. You have something glorious to draw on begging for attention. Don't
pass it up."
The production is directed by graduate student Edris Cooper, who last fall
directed the University Theatres Mainstage production of Robert Alexander's
"A Preface to the Alien Garden." Cooper is a veteran of the San
Francisco Mime Troupe, America's leading political theater company.
Admission is $4 ($2 for UI students, senior citizens and young people 17
and younger) at the door.