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Release: Oct. 18, 2001

Music of Verdi featured in International Programs' Distinguished Lecture Series Oct. 22

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pierluigi Petrobelli, professor of musicology at the University of Rome-La Sapienza, will speak on "Verdi's Political Message" Monday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Voxman Music Building, Harper Hall, on the University of Iowa campus as part of the International Programs' Distinguished Lecture Series.

His lecture will take a fresh look at the all-important aspects of Verdi's involvement in Italian political life during the turbulent 19th century and will attempt to clarify and correct myths that have arisen about the position of the composer and his music during those times and after.

Petrobelli formerly taught at the Universities of Perugia, Parma, and California-Berkeley as well as at King's College, London, and Harvard University. Since 1980 he has served as director of the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani in Parma, Italy, and is the editor of "Studi Verdiani." In this capacity, he has expanded the activities of the Istituto to achieve international status, organized a number of important conferences and exhibitions, and has been responsible for several landmark publications in Verdi scholarship.

Petrobelli is the third of four leading international Verdi scholars visiting the UI this fall as part of the International Programs' Distinguished Lecture Series. All of the scholars are sharing their insights on the life and music of one of the most famous and popular composers of all times.

The series is coordinated by Roberta Marvin, an associate professor in the UI School of Music, with support from International Programs, the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and the Office of the Vice President for Research. All of the lectures are free and open to the public. A reception will follow each lecture.

The series is especially significant because it commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of Verdi, Marvin said.

"These leading Verdi scholars are pioneers in shaping the current profile of opera studies," Marvin says. "This is a tremendous opportunity to learn of insights from today's leading Verdi scholars from both sides of the Atlantic."

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these lectures, contact Blythe Burkhardt, International Programs, (319) 335-1436.