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Release: Oct. 26, 2001


UI WOMEN'S CHOIR NOV. 4 -- The Women's Choir from the University of Iowa School of Music will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, under the direction of IU graduate assistant Greg Douma, will be free and open to the public. A select ensemble of about 30 singers, the Women's Choir is selected by audition.

Douma said the varied program is "arranged in categories based on three themes -- historical, with works from the Baroque to the Classical to the Romantic eras; English traditional, including some British carols that foreshadow the upcoming holiday season; and American choral works, featuring the neo-romantic and gospel genres."

"Through this diverse repertory, the Women's Chorale strives to connect with both singers and audience alike," he said.

The historical portion of the program will include two works with a string orchestra accompaniment: the "Gloria" from Heiligmesse (Holy mass) by F.J. Haydn and "Bist du bei mir" (Are you beside me) by J.S. Bach. Other works in this set will be works by Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn and Gabriel Faure.

The English traditional set will comprise three works: "The Water of Tyne," "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" and "Apple-Tree Wassail."

The American choral works on the program are Eugene Butler's "My True Love Has My Heart," Stephen Hatfield's arrangement of the anonymous Yiddish folk song "Vus Vet Zayn" and "The Storm is Passing Over" by C.A. Tindley.

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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HANCHER SHOWCASE SETS HOLIDAY SHOPPING HOURS NOV 6-DEC. 20 -- The Showcase, the arts-oriented gift shop located in the lobby of the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium, has set special expanded hours for holiday shopping.

In addition to its regular hours in conjunction with events in the auditorium, the Showcase will be open 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 6 through Dec. 20. The Showcase will be closed Wednesday and Thursday of Thanksgiving week.

The Showcase is operated by the Hancher Guild volunteer organization, with proceeds supporting Hancher's arts education programs. New merchandise arrives regularly, and special holiday items will be in stock, including ornaments and jewelry.

The Showcase recently added an auxiliary display case, which enables more items to be offered for sale.

For additional information about the Showcase, contact Hancher at 319-335-1130.

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TOUR OF MUSEUM'S AFRICAN INSTALLATION NOV. 8 -- Victoria Rovine, the curator of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, will lead a tour of the museum's new installation of African art works from its permanent collection at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8.

Rovine said more works from the African collection are on display than ever before, including numerous recently acquired pieces. "We are thrilled to be able to present these important collections in an entirely new installation," she said. "I think people will be surprised to see how impressive the galleries look."

The tour, which will be free and open to the public, is the third of three Thursday afternoon tours designed to introduce the public to the museum's new installation of its permanent collection. Earlier tours concentrated on American and European paintings and graphic art works.

The Museum of Art opened Aug. 31 with new installations of works from its permanent collection. In the reconfigured museum, a combination of permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions offers visitors a new thematic interpretation of the collection, with interactive media guides and more interpretive features. There are four major areas in the permanent galleries: a gallery of European and American art, a gallery of African art, the Projection Room and a gallery of Native American art of the Southwest.

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, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

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The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.