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Release: April 27, 2001


UNDERGRAD DANCE CONCERT MAY 3-5 -- The University of Iowa dance department will present its spring Undergraduate Space/Place Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 3-5, in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall.

Faculty member Jeffery Bullock describes the program as an "eclectic mix of new contemporary dance works ranging from traditional modern dances to contemporary dance hybrids blending modern, jazz and ballet dance styles."

Most of the works on the program, which were selected for this concert through an adjudication process, were created by undergraduate dance students in composition courses during the Spring 2001 semester.

The works on the concert will be:
-- "Uakti -- Promises of the Sun," a trio by Alessandra Herszkowicz, with music by Milton Nascimento and Fernando Brant;
-- "Tango," a duet by Dawn Poirier, with music by Astor Piazzolla;
-- "Syrinx," a solo by Herszkowicz, featuring a live performance of the Debussy score for solo flute by UI School of Music student Antonio Guimaraes;
-- "Motivacion," a duet by Charlee T. Campbell to music by Sergio Mendes;
-- "Ailartsua," an ensemble piece by Tarek Halaby, featuring music by Lux and Bush:
-- an untitled jazz ensemble piece by Julie Hawkins, set to music by Coleman Hawkins and Miles Davis;
-- "Redemption," a solo by Michelle Bullington, featuring music from the soundtrack of "The Matrix";
-- "Until There’s A Cure," an ensemble work by Christine Goldmann, set to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings; and
-- an untitled ensemble piece by Dawn Poirier, featuring music by Harry Partch.

Admission to the Undergraduate Space/Place Concert will be $10 ($5 for UI students and free to children 12 and younger).

Tickets are available in advance from the University Box Office in the Iowa Memorial Union, 319-335-3041 or toll-free 800-346-4401. The fax number is 319-335-3407. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 5-9 p.m. Sunday. Any remaining tickets will be on sale at the door. In addition to cash and checks, the University Box Office accepts MasterCard, Visa , American Express and Discover cards.

The dance department is part of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.

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PERCUSSIONISTS GET THEIR ‘LAST CHANCE’ MAY 6 -- The spring semester "Last Chance" concert of the University of Iowa Percussion Ensemble will begin at 8:02 p.m. Sunday, May 6, making it officially the final concert of the 2000-01 season at the UI School of Music. The performance, which will be free and open to the public, will be in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

The UI Percussion Ensemble is directed by Dan Moore, professor of percussion at the UI School of Music. The group presents a "Last Chance" concert at the end of each semester, as one final opportunity for percussion students to perform the solos and ensemble pieces they have been studying. Traditionally the "Last Chance" concert is also the last performance of the semester in the School of Music.

Moore said the program, which usually falls in place at the last minute, has not been decided yet. "We will feature solos and duos by outstanding students from the percussion studio who will audition for the opportunity to play in the ‘Last Chance’ concert," he said. "My advice to the audience is, come and be surprised!"

Formed in 1958, the UI Percussion Ensemble has been performing on the UI campus and around the state of Iowa for more than 40 years. The group performs musical styles ranging from ragtime and jazz to 20th-century concert idioms and traditional musical styles from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. In addition to the standard percussion repertoire, the ensemble regularly performs the newest music written by both professional composers and students.

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 are known for their variety and fast-paced programming, presented with humor, drama and old-fashioned showmanship.

An internationally 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, he is considered a "total percussionist."

Moore joined the UI music faculty in 1996. Only the second full-time professor of percussion at the UI, he succeeded Thomas L. Davis, who taught percussion at the UI for more than 35 years. He is a performing artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America, Sabian Ltd., and Innovative Percussion. He has written for Jazz Player, Sticks and Mallets and Percussive Notes magazines.

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DE BOTTON READS MAY 8 -- Author Alain de Botton will read from "The Consolations of Philosophy" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, at the Prairie Lights Bookstore in downtown Iowa City. The reading -- part of the "Live from Prairie Lights" series hosted by Julie Englander on University of Iowa radio station WSUI, 910 AM -- is free and open to the public.

"The Consolations of Philosophy" is de Botton’s fifth book. In it de Botton applies the lessons of Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche to the problems of everyday modern life.

His other books include "Essays in Love," "The Romantic Movement," "Kiss and Tell" and "How Proust Can Change Your Life." Born in Zurich, de Botton was educated in Switzerland and England. He is working on a book on travel which will be published in 2002.

"No doubt about it, philosophy is the new rock and roll, and Alain de Botton is its Colonel Tom Parker," John Banville writes in Irish Times.

For more information about this event, call Prairie Lights at 337-2681.