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Release: Nov. 30, 2001


‘CELESTIAL BODIES,’ DEC. 7-8, FEATURES DANCE COLLABORATIONS -- The University of Iowa dance department will present "Celestial Bodies: Sun, Moon and Stars," the Advanced Choreographic Design Concert, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8 in the Space/Place Theatre of UI North Hall. The Saturday night audience will be invited to remain for a discussion after the performance.

This fall’s concert, under the supervision of dance faculty member Armando Duarte, is a collaborative creation feature original dance, music, theater and visual arts.

The collaborators include choreographers Kathleen Burnett, Margaret A. Mead-Finizio and Jennifer Medina; composers Michael S. Cash, Tim Fischer and John Ritz; theater director Amber Miller; and visual artist Wanda D. Ewing. The performance will include dancers, actors and musicians. Newly composed electronic scores will be accompanied by small ensembles, including cello, bass, marimba, piano, violin and viola.

Admission 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 and Sciences.

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CONCERT BY UI HORN CHOIR DEC. 9 -- The Horn Choir from the University of Iowa School of Music will perform a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building. The group is directed by Jeffrey Agrell, who teaches horn in the UI School of Music.

Among horn players, horn choirs are groups that usually play pieces that were written or arranged for eight or more horns. The UI Horn Choir usually performs in that arrangement, but this fall, they decided to divide into two groups -- one of juniors and seniors, and one of freshmen and sophomores -- in order to explore the horn quartet literature.

For the Dec. 9 concert, each group will perform four quartets, including arrangements of one of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances, a Bach fugue and the Overture to Mozart’s "The Magic Flute." To frame the two quartets, the entire group will play the first and last pieces together: Lowell Shaw’s jazzy "Frippery" at the beginning, and a holiday-inspired "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel’s "Messiah" at the end.

Agrell is a visiting faculty member in the School of Music, where he teaches undergraduate horn, coaches chamber music and performs with the Iowa Brass Quintet. Before coming to Iowa, he was a member of U.S. Army Bands from 1970 to 1973 and was associate principal horn with the Lucerne (Switzerland) Symphony Orchestra from 1975 until 2000. During that time he also performed chamber music throughout Europe.

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NEW WORKS BY STUDENT COMPOSERS DEC. 9 -- The Composers Workshop from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a performance of new works by faculty and student composers at 8 p.n. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Bassoonist Benjamin Coelho and flugelhorn player Brent Sandy, members of the School of Music faculty, will be featured on the concert, which will be free and open to the public.

The Composers Workshop is a collaborative project between composers and performers in the UI School of Music. It is devoted to the performance of music written at the UI and aims to foster greater co-operation and interplay between composers and performers in the Iowa City area. The workshop is directed by David Gompper, professor of music in the Theory and Composition Department of the School of Music and director of the Center for New Music.

Nine works by eight composers will be performed on the Dec. 9 concert.

Martin McGinn, an undergraduate student in composition, will have two works on the program: "Four," for two or more pianos (performed on two pianos) and Two Songs for voice and piano. McGinn said that "Four" "deals with the idea between something that is left up to chance and something that is fixed." The Two Songs are settings of poems by David Williamson, a sculptor and poet living in rural Iowa.

Graduate student Jean-Paul Perotte will be represented on the program by "The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls" for soprano and piano, based on a text by: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Amelia S. Kaplan, a visiting faculty member in composition and theory at the UI, wrote "Blow" for solo bassoon for Coelho, using extended playing techniques invented by him.

The performance of "Violent" for tape by doctoral student Thomas Judson will feature four dancers, performing choreography by dance student Tracy Vacura.

"Storm and Residue" for prepared piano is by Andrew Struck-Marcell, an undergraduate student in composition. Struck-Marcell said "Storm and Residue" "is loosely based on memories of both thunderstorms and my experiences staying at a cabin resort by Lake Superior."

"Morphological Structure," a piece for tape and video by graduate student Michael Cash, will be presented on the program.

Also on the program will be "Meta-Tango" for piano by graduate student Christopher D. Brackel. The composer describes "Meta-tango" as "a brief study in rhythm and perception. Although the direct quotation of a tango is strictly avoided in this piece, much of the material is derived from tango rhythms and character."

The concert will close with "Flugal Sextet" for flugelhorn and strings by undergraduate student Matt Ertz,, featuring Sandy as soloist. Ertz said the score was inspired by lines from "The Blacksmith" by the French symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Kaplan received her doctorate in music composition from the University of Chicago. Her music has been performed in the United States and Europe. Her works were featured on a concert of the UI Center for New Music last fall.

Coelho has worked extensively as performer and teacher of bassoon, in both the United States and his native Brazil. He was a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, with whom he played a sold-out concert in Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. As a soloist he has played recitals and concertos in Brazil, the United States, Canada and Portugal.

Sandy, who joined the jazz faculty in 2000, is a jazz trumpet and flugelhorn performer, teacher and clinician. Sandy performs regularly with local jazz groups including the Orquesta de Jazz y Salsa Alto Maiz, the OddBar Trio and Equilateral. He is an educational specialist/clinician and Conn Vintage One artist with United Musical Instruments, a division of United Musical Instruments, USA, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Iowa City Jazz Festival.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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NOWYSZ WILL LECTURE AT MUSEUM OF ART DEC. 13 -- Iowa City architect William Nowysz will present a lecture at the University of Iowa Museum of Art in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, "From Outside In: Photographs of Buildings," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the museum. Nowysz will talk about more than 30 years of architectural design in his lecture, which will be free and open to the public.

The exhibition comprises a selection of photographs from the museum’s permanent collection, and includes works by well known artists including Atget, Berenice Abbott, James Casebere and Walker Evans.

Kathleen Edwards, the museum’s curator of print, drawing, photography and new media, noted that "buildings have long been one of the classic subjects of art. Photographs of buildings are records of their existence -- they tell stories about the time and place in which they were taken."

Nowysz has been a practicing architect in Iowa City since 1967, and is today owner and principal architect for William Nowysz and Associates. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Iowa State University Extension Program, he has taught interior design, environmental design and problems in design for the UI School of Art and Art History.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor for public events at the museum during the 2001-02 season at the UI Museum of Art, through the University of Iowa Foundation. The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is noon to10 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.