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JAZZ PIANIST PLAYS "MUSIC IN THE MUSEUM" APRIL 6 -- Jazz pianist Dan Knight will present a selection of original and arranged music at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

Knight's performance, part of the museum's ongoing Music in the Museum series, will be preceded at 1 p.m. by a guided tour of "Faculty Exhibition 1997," an exhibition of works by faculty members at the UI School of Art and Art History, on display at the museum April 5- May 25.

Knight will perform "Portrait of Ellington," an original, five-section suite based on music by Duke Ellington. He will also perform standard jazz arrangements that deal with the arrival of spring and several original pieces composed as jazz impressions of the artworks in "Faculty Exhibition 1997."

Knight has performed with many well-known musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, and he has taken part in numerous festivals. In 1996 he played with his mentor, Billy Taylor, at the musician's 75th birthday celebration at the Blue Note in New York City. His compact disk, "Dan Knight and the La Fosse Trio," was recently released on the Live from Studio Three label.

M.C. Ginsberg Jewelers of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for the 1996-97 Music in the Museum series at the UI Museum of Art through the University of Iowa Foundation.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the museum is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.

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NEW MUSIC BY UI STUDENTS APRIL 6 -- The University of Iowa Composers Workshop will present a concert featuring new works by nine student composers at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, featuring performers in a wide variety of instrumental and vocal-instrumental combinations, will be free and open to the public.

An extra-curricular organization devoted to the performance of music composed at the UI, the workshop aims to foster greater collaboration and interplay between composers and performers in the Iowa City area.

The following works will be presented on the April 6 concert:

-- "Propaganda One" for double bass and percussion by doctoral student John Allemeier, a piece that explores unexpected ways that the double bass and the percussion instruments, apparently so different, can share musical material.

-- "Simple Peace" for solo English horn by graduate student Matthew Hallaron. In this work, the performer aims for a vocal quality, beginning with a chantlike section. As the piece progresses, the solo part becomes more active and aggressive, until the music relaxes back to the tranquil state of the opening.

-- "Lines" for woodwind quintet by graduate student John Kramer, an exploration of a single rhythmic idea or "cell" that is manipulated throughout the piece.

-- "Ceilings" for piano by graduate student Mark A. Chubb. In Chubb's score a musical ceiling, symbolized by an ascending arpeggio that keeps running into an upper limit, stands for the "glass ceiling," an invisible but real barrier to career development.

-- "2 by 2" for solo flute by undergraduate Eric Durian. Two contrasting musical motives, one fast and agitated and one calm and more melodic, are in conflict and competition throughout this piece.

-- "Bells" for piano by graduate student Andrew Hauschild, a score based on perfect intervals connected by repeated notes in the upper register and descending notes in the lower register.

-- "Tone to Ground" for soprano and string bass by undergraduate student Erin Gee. Based on the exploits of Qat, the creator of night and sleep in the mythology of Vanuatu Island, "Tone to Ground" features the singer as both narrator and the voice of Qat, and later joins bass and voice together in the role of the hero -- musical dualities that symbolize dualities within the mythical character.

-- "Pavanne" for string trio by undergraduate Michael Cash. A dance in three short sections, "Pavanne" sets up a contrast between expressive, lyrical musical ideas and material that is more mechanical in style.

-- "Cobwebs," a song cycle on texts by English poet Cristina Rosetti by graduate student Jon Southwoods, written for mezzo-soprano and piano. Southwoods creates two different musical layers that are sounded simultaneously, creating in turn a new musical world that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Composers Workshop Director Martin Jenni, professor of music and chair of the Theory and Composition Department in the School of Music, has said that "the Composers Workshop provides a wonderful opportunity for composers and performers to work together, and both groups benefit."

The workshop performance season is managed by a doctoral composition student, thus affording composers the practical experience of organizing performances.

For more information, call (319) 335-1667.

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PERSPECTIVES PROGRAM APRIL 9 -- Susan Maakestad, visiting professor and acting head of painting at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a free slide lecture of her work at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the UI Museum of Art.

Maakestad's talk, "Peripheral Fields: Framing Memory," is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives program. Presented in conjunction with the Faculty Exhibition 1997, on display at the museum through May 25, it is part of Faculty Focus, a special series of Perspectives programs featuring faculty artists discussing their work.

Maakestad paints small, abstracted landscapes. The paintings, which are without people, cars or other evidence of the non-natural world, are meant to reflect memories of places and times in the Midwest, where Maakestad was raised.

Maakestad has taught at several schools, including Mt. Senario College in Ladysmith, Wis., and Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Her many awards include a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Resident Fellowship at the MacDowell Arts Colony in New Hampshire.

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 Foundation.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of Maakestad's talk. Admission to the museum is free.

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PRE-SCHOOLERS CAN MEET HANSEL AND GRETEL AT LIBRARIES APRIL 11 -- Pre-schoolers will have an opportunity to meet with costumed cast members of the Washington Ballet's "Hansel and Gretel" at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 11, in the Iowa City and Coralville Public Libraries.

After a free "Hansel and Gretel" storytelling session, Washington Ballet dancers in Hansel and Gretel costumes will teach the children simple dance movements, talk about their careers as ballet dancers and answer the children's questions.

The Washington Ballet, the major ballet company from our nation's capital, will perform "Hansel and Gretel" at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium.

The children at the storytelling sessions will receive Hancher "Hansel and Gretel" bookmarkers and snack on gingerbread cookies.

Tickets for the "Hansel and Gretel" performances are available from the Hancher box office, (319) 335-1160 or toll-free in Iowa and western Illinois, 1-800-HANCHER. The performances are part of the Iowa City Press-Citizen Family Dance Series.

For additional information about the storytelling events, contact Michelle Coleman, Hancher's education coordinator, at (319) 335-0009.

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POET CLOVER READS APRIL 11 - Poet Joshua Clover will read from his forthcoming book, "Madonna anno Domini," at 8 p.m. Friday April 11, in Prairie Lights Books, 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.

Part of the "Live at Prairie Lights" series, the reading will be broadcast live on WSUI radio, AM 910.

"Madonna anno Domini" is the winner of the 1996 Walt Whitman Award from the American Academy of Poets.

A graduate of the Writers' Workshop at the UI, Clover currently teaches at Indiana University at South Bend. He has also taught at the UI and at Grinnell College.

His work has appeared in Agni, the American Poetry Review, the Black Warrior Review, the Boston Review, the Colorado Review, the Denver Quarterly, New American Poets, the Iowa Review, the Mississippi Review, the Threepenny Review, In the Company of My Solitude: Writing in the Age of AIDS, Zyzzyva, the Exquisite Corpse, Analecta, 100 Words, the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, and other periodicals.

Clover is the recipient of honors that include a Pushcart Prize nomination, the University Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the National Open Award for Poetry and the Academy of American Poets Prize.