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Release: Nov. 28, 2000

Benefit concert will aid Iraqi children

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa student group Iowans for Peace with Iraq will hold a fund-raising public concert to benefit Iraqi children at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 at the St. Paul Lutheran Chapel and University Student Center, 404 East Jefferson Street, Iowa City.

Admission is free and donations are welcome. All proceeds from the concert will be used to purchase medical supplies for Al Mansour Pediatric Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq.

Oleg Timofeyev, professor of Russian, and Nancy Hagen, producer, WSUI and KSUI radio stations, will perform 16th century lute songs and the local Iowa Guitar Trio group of Dan Caraway, John Rogers, and Timofeyev will perform 19th century salon music. The program will include cello and guitar performances and feature music by J.S. Bach, George F. Handel, L. Boccherini and others.

"Every month, roughly 5,000 young Iraqi children die from curable or preventable diseases that may in part be due to what many attribute to the United Nation's economic sanctions against Iraq. UNICEF says since 1990, at least 500,000 Iraqi children under five have died as a result of the sanctions and the effects of the Persian Gulf War," said Elena Perkhounkova, a UI graduate student and Iowans for Peace with Iraq member.

Donations may be sent to: Iowans for Peace with Iraq, c/o Student Activities Center, Iowa Memorial Union, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, 52242.

Hagen is trained in voice performance, has performed with the Quad City Mozart Festival; the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Metropolitan Chorale; and the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra.

Timofeyev has a master's degree in early music performance and his two-part recording, "Golden Age of the Russian Guitar," has received critical acclaim. The Timofeyev Duo of Oleg and his mother Natalia Timofeyev, a master cellist, is also scheduled to perform.

The concert has been organized by Iowans for Peace with Iraq, a local group of UI students and the Iowa City community members and has been made possible through support from the UI Student Government, the Newman Catholic Student Center, Wesley Foundation, and several other on- and off-campus organizations.

For more information about the concert and student group activities, contact the group at