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SECOND LA FOSSE ANNIVERSARY CONCERT NOV. 9 -- Violinist Leopold La Fosse will perform with the International Trio, in the second of a series of four free recitals celebrating his 25th anniversary on the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The performances, on four successive Sundays in November, show La Fosse's remarkable diversity as a performer, as he appears as soloist, chamber musician, historical instrument performer and jazz musician.

For the Nov. 9 concert, the International Trio will perform the Trio in D major, op. 70 no. 1, of Beethoven, known as the "Ghost" Trio; the Duo for Violin and Violoncello of Zoltan Kodaly, performed by La Fosse and cellist Terry King; and the Trio in D minor, op. 32, of Anton Arensky.

Remaining performances will feature La Fosse as director and soloist with the La Fosse Baroque Orchestra, on Nov. 16; and with the La Fosse Jazz Trio on Nov. 23.

Chamber music, the most collaborative of musical endeavors, has long been important for La Fosse, who has performed with most of his faculty colleagues at the UI School of Music. "You can't be a complete musician without chamber music experience," La Fosse says. "It's important to engage in the give-and-take of close collaboration with other musicians."

Formed in 1980, the International Trio consists of La Fosse with pianist Howard Aibel of the University of Northern Iowa and cellist Terry King of Texas Tech University. The Trio has performed throughout the Midwest and around the world, including a tour to Russia that featured both concerts and master classes.

La Fosse joined the UI music faculty in 1972. His extensive performing career has included solo appearances as well as concertmaster positions with five orchestras. He made his first public appearance at the age of four, and he began a three-year series of engagements on NBC radio at eight.

Today, La Fosse continues an active international career as soloist and chamber musician, with tours in the United States, Europe, South America and Russia. He has twice been to Brazil as a Fulbright lecturer and returns annually to perform, teach, and give master classes. Before coming to the UI he taught at the University of Texas at Austin.

In addition to performing with the International Trio, King plays with the Mirecourt Trio and is currently engaged in two recording projects: playing American cello works for the Music and Arts label, and recording the complete Beethoven works for cello for the Erasmus label. He has also recorded chamber and solo works for numerous other labels.

Aibel has performed extensively as a solo recitalist, a soloist with orchestra and a chamber musician. He recently completed his sixth tour of the Far East, with performances in Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Before his appointment at the University of Northern Iowa he taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Juilliard School in New York.

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PERSPECTIVES NOV. 12 -- Fairfield artist, writer and photographer Mark Paul Petrick will present a slide lecture about his experiences during a research trip to India at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the University of Iowa Museum of Art.

The lecture, which is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives program, will be open to the public free of charge. It is presented in conjunction with "Mark Paul Petrick: The India Pictures," an exhibition of Petrick's black-and-white photographs taken in India that will be on display at the museum through Jan. 4.

Petrick spent three months in 1993-94 traveling throughout India to research art and artists of the Indian Vedic tradition. During the trip he took several hundred black and white photographs and thousands of color slides.

Petrick said, "The experience of newness and wonder that an unfamiliar place engenders is conducive to the state of appreciation necessary to create pictures."

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 Petrick's talk. Admission 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.

NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Petrick is pronounced PEE-trick.

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IWP PANEL DISCUSSION NOV. 12 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a free panel discussion on "Archetypes of the Millennium" at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the International Center Lounge on the UI campus. The event, co-sponsored by UI International Programs, is the final discussion of a three-month series.

Panelists will be Bekes Pal of Hungary, Aura Maria Vidales of Mexico, Aleksey Varlamov of Russia, Peter Macsovszky of Slovakia and former IWP member Martin Roper of Ireland. The moderator of the discussion will be Brooks Landon, a faculty member of the UI English department.

A light meal will be served after the panel. To RSVP for the meal, call International Programs at 319-335-0637, or e-mail to <>.

The IWP is hosting 31 prominent writers from 25 countries for three-month residencies, which end in November.

NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Bekes Pal is pronounced BEH-kesh PAHL; Macsovszky is pronounced mah-CHOF-shkee.

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WRITERS' WORKSHOP/IWP GALLERY READING NOV. 12 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) and the Iowa Writers' Workshop will present a joint reading by fiction writer Jasmina Tesanovic of Yugoslavia and poet Karri Harrison at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12 at Arts Iowa City gallery of the Jefferson Building, 129 E. Washington St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading is free and open to the public.

Tesanovic writes, translates and edits both fiction and nonfiction dealing with women's issues. In 1994 she co-founded the first women's publishing house in Serbia. Tesanovic recently served as editor of "The Suitcase," stories of women refugees, and she is at work on a novel exploring women's history, language and psychology.

She also has assisted in the production and writing of several films in Italy and Belgrade, has worked on movies for Belgrade television and has given video-art performances. Tesanovic currently teaches creative writing at the Women's Studies organization in Belgrade.

Harrison is a second-year graduate student in the poetry division of UI Writers' Workshop.

The IWP is a unique residency program, which each fall assembles a community of established writers from all parts of the globe. This fall 31 writers from 25 countries are spending three months at the UI.

NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Jasmina Tesanovic is pronounced yash-MEE-nah/ tesh-AH-noh-veech.

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UI GALLERY SERIES PREMIERES 'ICE' NOV. 13-16 -- The University Theatres Gallery series will present "Ice, or Cry Me a River from Des Moines to Korea that Runs Through Alaska," written by University of Iowa students under the direction of visiting playwriting faculty member Erik Ehn, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building.

Theater, song and dance combine as "Ice" journeys through lands peopled by ice pirates, talking dogs, ghosts, a butter cow and beatnik cockroaches.

Writing about "Ice," Ehn describes the play as depicting a woman's yearning for connection: "A Des Moines woman journeys to community; a community journeys through the geography of one woman's character. Rebekah -- played at different times by six different actors -- labors to make sense of an evolving marriage, family, solitude and life's shifting, unpredictable tests. Trials take her around the world to reunion with . . . her own bitter-sweet sense of possibility."

"Ice" is Ehn's second production at the UI. Two seasons ago he collaborated with composer Lisa Bielawa on the circus-like musical spectacle "Ideas of Good and Evil," which was premiered on University Theatres Mainstage season.

Drawing comparisons to playwrights including Mac Wellman, Eric Overmyer, Suzan Lori-Parks and Sam Shepard, Ehn is known for creating surreal, hallucinatory dramas including "Little Rootie Tootie," "AOK" (Anarchy in the Oklahoma Kingdom), "Red Sheets" and "Wolf at the Door."

Ehn describes his writing as "an attempt to recapture childlike impulses," and he says of realism, "I don't think it penetrates anymore. Americans are actually better at surrealism. Take the Rose Bowl Parade: You'd have to go to the ends of the earth to find a ritual as bizarre."

Admission to "Ice" will be $6 ($3 for UI students, senior citizens and audience member 17 and younger) at the door.

The play contains material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should call the UI Department of Theatre Arts, 319-335-2700, for additional information.

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MUSIC HISTORY LECTURE NOV. 14 -- Philippe Vendrix, a musicologist with positions at the University of Tours, France, and the University of Liege, Belgium, will speak on "The Queen, the King, and his Mistress: An Essay on the Concept of Difference during the 'Querelle des Bouffons'" at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building on the UI campus.

The "Querelle des Bouffons" (War of the Bouffons) was a controversy that raged in Paris 1752-54 over the relative merits of French and Italian opera. It was set off by performances in 1752 by an Italian comic opera company known as the Bouffons. Their supporters championed the "natural" Italian style of singing as opposed to the "artificial" French style, but many others -- including members of the royal court -- continued to support French opera.

An unusually prolific scholar, Vendrix has published books, articles and musical editions of music from the Renaissance and the 17th and 18th centuries. His articles have appeared in many European scholarly journals and references works, as well as "The New Grove Dictionary of Music," "The New Grove Dictionary of Opera" and other English-language sources.

Vendrix's free talk will be presented by the Musicology Colloquium and Theory Seminar of the UI School of Music.

NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Philippe Vendrix is pronounced fee-leep vawn-dree (even emphasis)