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Jan. 4, 2002


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TICKETS are available from Hancher Box Office for events presented by Hancher Auditorium, University Theatres, UI Opera Theater or the Old Gold Singers. Box office information is found at the end of this document. Ticket information for other events appears within the individual stories.

Stories in this Arts Digest:

WIZARDS! double reed group will perform on Arts Share Target Community Concert Series

Bill T. Jones & Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center present world premiere at UI

WIZARDS! double reed group will perform on Arts Share Target Community Concert Series

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- WIZARDS! The Double Reed Consort will perform on the 2001-2002 Target Community Concert Series at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

UI School of Music faculty member Mark Weiger is a founding member of WIZARDS!, which features exclusively woodwind instruments with double reeds -- including oboes, English horns and bassoons. In addition to Weiger, members of the group are Andrea Gullickson, oboe and oboe d’amore; S. Blake Duncan, English horn; and Greg Morton, Bassoon.

The group currently gives nearly 30 concerts each year, and they have toured through more than a dozen states, including performances in Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City and Washington, D.C. The group has released several CDs, to critical acclaim.

WIZARDS! has gathered the world’s largest library of double reed music, and has expanded the literature by commissioning more than a dozen works.

Children and seniors will be admitted to the Jan. 19 concert free of charge. A one-dollar donations is suggested for adults, and will be accepted at the door.

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Bill T. Jones & Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center present world premiere at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Orion String Quartet and additional musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will present

the world premiere of their first-time dance/chamber-music collaboration at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

Hancher is a co-commissioner of this unusual dance/live-chamber-music collaboration. Following the world premiere performances in Iowa, the artists will travel to the east coast to perform the New York City premiere in Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center, Jan. 31-Feb. 3.

The Jan. 25 program will feature "Verbum," set to Beethoven’s final string quartet, the String Quartet in F major, opus 135; "Worldwithout/In," set to the "12 Microludes" by Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag; a performance by the Orion Quartet of the String Quartet by Ravel as a musical interlude; and "Black Suzanne," which will feature all the musicians in a performance of Shostakovich’s Two Pieces for String Octet, opus 11.

On Jan. 26, the musical interlude and "Black Suzanne" will be replaced with a new production -- due to the inclusion of live music -- of the Bill T. Jones signature piece from the late 1980s, "D-Man in the Waters," set to the Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major, opus 20.

Jones and the members of the Orion String Quartet will discuss their collaboration in a free panel discussion at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Kirkwood Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.

During his visit to Iowa City, Jones will also participate in a free conference, "Infinite Respect, Enduring Dignity: Voices and Visions of Respect," Jan. 25-26 in the UI Theatre Building. He will participate in a session at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

The conference, organized by the Project on the Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) for UI Human Rights Week, will explore academic and artistic responses to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. For more information, visit, or contact Merrie Snell at 319-335-2753 or

Peggy Scholz is the local sponsor of the Bill T Jones/Orion Quartet commissions and performances, through the University of Iowa Foundation. Other support has come from the F. Wendell Miller Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets are $35, $33 and $30. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, and tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half price.

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