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Release: Jan. 23, 2003

Museum Of Art Hosts “Standards From The Golden Age” Feb. 7

Soprano Diane Kenney Handler and pianist Tek Winesberry will present a program of “Jazz Standards from the Golden Age of the Popular Song” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7 at the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Admission is free to the museum and to the performance.

Defining the “Golden Age” as 1915 to 1960, Kenney Handler and Winesberry chose their program from a long and rich tradition of American popular song, including music from Broadway as well as popular songs written for specific singers or bands. Among the well known songs on their program will be Vernon Duke’s “April in Paris,” Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady” and “Prelude to a Kiss,” Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life,” George Gershwin’s “How Long Has This Been Going On?” and Harold Arlen’s “Come Rain or Come Shine.”

The director of the UI Arts Share program in the Division of Performing Arts, Kenney Handler is also an accomplished vocalist. She began voice lessons when she was only 10, and over the years has studied at Millikin University, at Boston University and privately in Chicago. Since coming to Iowa City she has studied with Katherine Eberle from the UI School of Music faculty. She also performed with the Boston bands Which Doctor?, Zeitgeist and Esprit de Corps.

Winesberry is working on a doctoral degree in piano at the UI School of Music and is an accompanist for the UI Dance Department. Winesberry has performed piano recitals within the United States, accompanied every major instrument, vocal soloists and choral groups, and improvised in numerous styles for ballet and modern dance.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open from noon to 10 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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

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