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UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
HARPSICHORD RECITAL OCT. 25 -- Harpsichordist Jory Vinikour will present
a recital of the old and the new -- music from the 18th and the 20th centuries
-- at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol
on the University of Iowa campus.
Vinikour's performance, which is a joint presentation of the UI School
of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, will be free and open
to the public.
One of the few young harpsichordists to play music of the 20th century,
Vinikour received a special prize for the performance of contemporary music
at the International Harpsichord Competition of Paris, and he has been
invited to Amsterdam's contemporary harpsichord music festival. The 20th-century
works on the Oct. 25 program will be "Passacaglia Ungherese"
by Gyorgy Ligetti; "Sarabande" by Robert Moevs; and Ligetti's
The "historical" part of his program will feature works by
many of the leading Baroque composers of music for the harpsichord, including
Louis Couperin, John Bull, J.S. Bach, Padre Antonio Soler and Domenico
Scarlatti. Thus the program will include representatives of the French,
English, German and Spanish traditions, as well as the individual flair
of Scarlatti. In addition, the Italian tradition is represented by the
works of lesser known composer Bernardo Storace.
A native of Chicago, Vinikour began his harpsichord studies at the Mannes
College of Music in New York. He later studied at Rutgers and in Paris,
where he completed studies at the Paris Conservatory with highest honors.
He is the only harpsichordist to have won first prizes at two international
competitions, the International Harpsichord Competition of Warsaw in 1993
and the International Harpsichord Competition of the Prague Spring Festival
Vinikour has performed as soloist in concerto and recital throughout
much of Europe and the United States, as well as South America, Japan and
the Antilles. He has played Bach's Fifth Brandenburg Concerto with the
Moscow Philharmonic, Martinu's Harpsichord Concerto with the South Bohemian
Chamber Orchestra and Poulenc's "Concert Champetre" with the
Rotterdam Philharmonic. The current season includes engagements in Poland,
Russia, Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal and the United States.
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PERSPECTIVES OCT. 28 -- Mary Jo Arnoldi, curator of African Ethnology
and Art at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History, will
present a slide lecture on her extensive research in Bamako, Mali, at 12:30
p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the University of Iowa Museum of Art. This presentation,
which is part of the museum's weekly Perspectives series, will be open
to the public free of charge.
In her lecture, "Monuments in Mali: Sculpture on a Grand Scale,"
Arnoldi will relate large, public sculptures to the very small objects
on view in the current Stanley Gallery exhibition, "Monumentality
in Miniature," discussing how both large and small objects express
Victoria Rovine, UI Museum of Art curator of the Arts of Africa, Oceania
and the Americas, said, "Dr. Arnoldi has been working in Mali for
many years and has witnessed the country's political shifts. Her presentation
will focus on the use of national monuments in the creation of a new, democratic
The UI Museum of Art's exhibition "Monumentality in Miniature"
presents African artworks that have in common only their small size --
all of the objects are less than nine inches in height. The exhibition
contains a broad range of objects from the museum's permanent collection
including sculptures, whistles, gold weights, jewelry and currency.
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 Arnoldi's talk. Admission is free.
M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor
for the 1998-99 Perspectives series at the UI Museum of Art, through the
University of Iowa Foundation.
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RICHARD POWERS READS AT UI OCT. 29 -- MacArthur fellow Richard Powers
will read from his most recent novel, "Gain," at 8 p.m. Thursday,
Oct. 29 in Lecture Room II of Van Allen Hall on the University of Iowa
campus. The reading, sponsored by the UI Writers' Workshop, is free and
open to the public.
In his review of "Gain," Richard Eder wrote in the Los Angeles
Times, "Powers is a writer of blistering intellect; he has only to
think about a subject and the paint curls off. He is a novelist of ideas
and a novelist of witness, and in both respects he has few American peers....
[Gain] is a blast at the destruction, ecological and otherwise, wrought
by the Bonnie-and-Clyde-like partnership between American technology and
American capitalism." Dan Cryer wrote in Newsday that "Gain"
confirms Richard Powers' reputation "as an agile younger brother to
Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon."
Laura Miller of Salon magazine wrote, " 'Gain' braids together
the fates of two entities: Laura Bodey, a divorced, 42-year-old mother
of two who's dying of ovarian cancer, and the Clare Soap and Chemical Company,
a 170-year-old multinational corporation that owns Lacewood, Ill., the
town where Laura lives and was, perhaps, poisoned. One story is about relentless
decline, the other about relentless ascent, but they're both about gain,
the awe-inspiring, inhuman capacity for growth shared by both capitalism
and cancer. 'Gain' needles us with a persistent question: Is it possible
to separate the two?"
Powers is the author of five other books: "Three Farmers on their
Way to a Dance" "Prisoner's Dilemma," "The Gold Bug
Variations," "Operation Wandering Soul," which was nominated
for a National Book Award, and "Galatea 2.2," which was nominated
for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
He teaches at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
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'KASPAR' DEMONSTRATES 'IDIOCY OF LANGUAGE' OCT 29-NOV. 1 -- The University
Theatres Gallery series will present "Kaspar," a play by "Wings
of Desire" screenwriter Peter Handke, at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday,
Oct. 29-31 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1 in Theatre B of the University
of Iowa Theatre Building.
"Kasper" is a direct attack on the authoritative power of
language to define, twist, restrict and mediate human experience. Written
in 1967, "Kaspar" is an abstract, darkly comic tale in which
the title character must defend himself with a single sentence against
an assault of cliches and illogic. Handke explains, "What is shown
in 'Kaspar' is the idiocy of language."
Handke is widely regarded as the most important postmodern writer since
Becket. After graduating from a Catholic seminary in 1959, he studied law
at the University of Graz in his native Austria.
Handke first attracted public notice in 1966 when he delivered an unprecedented
attack on contemporary German writing during a seminar at Princeton University.
That same year saw the publication of his first novel, "The Hornerts,"
and his first stage success, "Offending the Audience."
With cinema director Wim Wenders he wrote the screenplay for the critically
acclaimed film "Wings of Desire," released in 1988. His other
works include "Repetition" (1988), "Across" (1986),
"Slow Homecoming" (1985), "2 X Handke" (1977), and
"3 X Handke" (1972).
His personal journal "The Weight of the World" (1979) records
the details of Handke's daily life which results in a complete offering
of the moods and insights -- ranging from the outrageous, sarcastic, and
bitter to the humorous and gentle -- of an artist regarded as one of the
world's most provocative and insightful contemporary writers.
The UI production of "Kaspar" is directed by Mary Ellen O'Hara,
a student in the master of fine arts directing program. Other artistic
contributors are scenic and lighting designer Molly Neylan, sound designer
Oliver Nowak and costume designer Brianne Boylan.
Admission will be $5 ($3 for UI students, senior citizens and youth)
at the door.
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