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SAX QUARTET PLAYS WORLD PREMIERE APRIL 25 -- The Ancia Saxophone Quartet will play the world premiere of "Three Sketches for Saxophone Quartet," written for the group by Richard Lawn on a free concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 25 in Harper Hall in the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

The Ancia Quartet includes UI faculty member Matthew Sintchak playing tenor saxophone, together with Kurt Claussen, soprano saxophone; Joan Hutton, alto saxophone; and David Milne, baritone saxophone. In addition to the concert, the quartet will present a clinic and master class at noon Sunday, April 16 in Harper Hall. The clinic will be free and open to the public.

In addition to Lawn's "Sketches," the April 25 concert will include an arrangement of J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D-flat major, BWV 532, the Quartet for saxophones by Edith Lejet and a staple of the saxophone quartet repertoire, Gabirel Pierne's "Introduction et variations sur une ronde populaire."

Lawn is director of jazz studies and of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of "The Jazz Ensembles Directors Manual" and "Jazz Theory and Practice," two standard texts for jazz educators and students. He performs as a member of the Nova Saxophone Quartet, presents clinics, and has many published compositions.

"Three Sketches" was commissioned for the Ancia Quartet by the Commission Project of Rochester, N.Y.

The Ancia Quartet was founded in 1990. The group is dedicated to the performance of traditional quartet repertoire and the creation of news works for saxophone quartet. They have premiered many compositions written for the Ancia Quartet, including recent commissions underwritten by the Commission Project and the Forum/Jerome Foundation.

The Ancia Quartet is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul and appears frequently on Minnesota Public Radio. The group has performed concerts on tour in the United States, Canada and Europe. Their debut compact disc, "Variations," includes music by Gershwin, Bach and Duke Ellington, along with works composed for the quartet. They have presented joint concerts with the Berlin (Germany) Saxophone Quartet, including quartet and octet performances at "Klangsfenster '95" (Sound window '95) in Berlin.

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SERIES EXHIBITION -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will exhibit contemporary prints from its permanent collection in an exhibition titled "Series," from April 25 to June 28 in the Paper Gallery of the museum. The exhibition is open to the public free of charge.

The exhibition will contain 29 prints representing the works of seven acclaimed artists, including Joseph Albers, Kara Walker and Richard Hunt. The works on view will include lithographs, paper works and intaglio prints, and all were created within the past 35 years.

The works in the exhibition were each designed as part of a series of prints rather than as an individual work. Complete series will be on view, as well as prints that represent fragments of a series. The prints were assembled to illustrate the artistic process involved in creating a series as opposed to the process of creating individual works designed to be seen by themselves.

The prints for the exhibition were chosen from the permanent collection by museum director Stephen Prokopoff, and the exhibition was organized by print study assistant Martha Yoder.

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POWELL READS MAY 1 -- Poet D.A. Powell, a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, will read from his work at 8 p.m., Friday, May 1 at Prairie Lights Books, 15 S. Dubuque St. in downtown Iowa City. The reading, sponsored by the Writers' Workshop and Prairie Lights, is free and open to the public.

Powell is the author of the highly acclaimed debut collection "Tea." The collection is a series of poems about survival. Its first section offers portraits of young men -- friends or former lovers -- who had contracted or died of AIDS. Powell combines all manner of subject and tone to create a work that is part memory play, part episodic, part comic. Like its central metaphor, "Tea" is gossipy, swirling, steamy and sober.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass writes of the collection: "D.A. Powell's 'Tea' is on the move, it reads like a hand-held camera. It's writing that's willing to be as strange as it needs to be to get at experience, and the effect is both disturbing and exhilarating."

Donald Revell writes of Powell: "In his debut volume, 'Tea,' the ceremony of innocence takes to the mortal road and goes the distance. 'Tea' is a book of immediate importance and truth."

The poet comments in his introduction to the collection: "I had to write about failed love, destitution, prostitution, disease, homelessness and a myriad of other subjects in order to discover that the true hero of the poems is survival. . . . To survive is an astonishing gift. The price of that gift is memory."

Powell's poems have appeared in the Colorado Review, the Boston Review, Mirage #4, Eunuch, Antenym, Phoebe, Boomerang, Volt, the Denver Quarterly, the Coe Review and other publications.

At the UI Powell was the recipient of the Paul Engle Fellowship from the Michener Foundation.