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ART OF THE MONTH MAY 9 -- The fourth and final session of Art of the Month, a mini-course for the spring semester presented by the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9 in the museum.

Participation in the course is open to the public free of charge, and new members who have not attended previously are still welcome at the final session.

Saturday's session, "Sweet Dreams of Terror: Nightmare Envisioned," will focus on the romantic fascination with states of unconsciousness. The discussion will be led by Jessica Locheed, a doctoral student in the School of Art and Art History.

The Art of the Month minicourse, "Love, Death and Despair: An Exploration of 19th-Century Romantic Prints from the Permanent Collection," makes use of the museum's extensive print collection to explore various aspects of 19th-century prints.

The course is jointly conducted by Locheed and Missy Gaido Allen, also a doctoral student in the School of Art and Art History. Previous sessions have focused on the theme of suffering love in European prints, images of death in the prints of Goya, and the aesthetic ruin depicted in Piranesi's "Le Antichita Romane."

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 is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots on Riverside Drive, one across from the museum and one just north of the museum.

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MUSIC IN THE MUSEUM MAY 10 -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present a performance by the La Fosse Baroque Ensemble at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10 as part of the museum's Music in the Museum series. The performance is open to the public free of charge.

The Music in the Museum performance will be preceded at 1 p.m. by docent-led tours of the museum's current exhibitions. These include the popular "Victorian Fairy Painting" exhibition, which has broken all attendance records at the museum. Currently more than 17,000 persons have seen "Victorian Fairy Painting," which will be on display at the museum through May 24.

Scheduled works for the May 10 performance include Joseph Haydn's Violin Concerto in C Major; Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Mandolins; J.S. Bach's Concerto for Harpsichord and String Orchestra; and Archangelo Corelli's Concerto in D Major for two violins, op. 6 no. 4.

La Fosse said, "The works for the museum were selected because of their intrinsic interest, and because we wanted to present a wide variety of composers and work from the Baroque period."

The La Fosse Baroque Ensemble is a small string orchestra made up of current and former UI students and UI music faculty. The group specializes in the performance of music from the Baroque period in music, roughly 1600 to 1750, and the early Classic period. They perform using copies of authentic Baroque instruments and bows. This enables them to play their instruments in the same manner as performers of the Baroque period.

The ensemble was founded in 1985 to provide violin students at the UI the opportunity to play solo works from the Baroque and early Classic periods. Since its formation the group has been invited to perform at a number of state and national conventions of the Music Teachers National Association, the Music educators National Conference, and colleges and public schools in Iowa.

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 has done extensive research in string pedagogy, and he continues an active international career as soloist and chamber musician, with tours in the United States, Europe, South America and Russia.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

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PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE HAS ITS 'LAST CHANCE' MAY 10 -- The University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble will present its semi-annual "Last Chance" concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday,

May 10 in Voxman Hall of the Voxman Music Building. The performance, under the direction of UI Professor of Percussion Dan Moore, will be free and open to the public.

Percussion students in the UI School of Music present a "Last Chance" concert at the end of each semester. The concert represents a last chance for students to present pieces they have been learning and for audiences to hear a percussion concert before the semester ends.

As is typical for "Last Chance" concerts, the May 10 program runs the gamut from large ensemble pieces to solos and pieces for small groups, and from contemporary pieces originally composed for percussion to arrangements of classical music.

The program will include Gary M. Bolinger's "Cade" for percussion octet; Tom Gauger's "Portico," another piece for large ensemble; "Mas Fuerte" (Stronger) by Stephen Rush, a percussion quintet based on Latin American rhythms; arrangements for percussion trio of Chopin's Etude for piano, op. 10 no. 2; and several solo performances.

The UI Percussion Ensemble provides students with performance experience in wide-ranging contemporary styles, many different cultural traditions, and the historical roots of percussion. The group features ancient rudimental drumming, ragtime, jazz, and 20th century idioms, performing music from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and other parts of the world.

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 run the gamut from gentle melodies to explosive outbursts of rhythm.

A nationally known percussionist, composer and teacher, Moore has experience from concert to marching percussion, and from jazz to classical styles. Performing all aspects of percussion, including keyboard percussion, drum set, ethnic and multi-percussion, is considered himself a "total percussionist."