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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 27, 2004

Messiaen And Mozart Previews Will Be Featured On KSUI's 'Know the Score' March 12

Upcoming performances of music by Olivier Messiaen and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be previewed when UI radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM (101.7 FM in Dubuque) broadcasts "Know the Score LIVE!" from the recently renovated Lasansky Gallery and the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 12.

The program, part of the weekly arts and humanities series hosted by Joan Kjaer on KSUI, will take place before a live audience in the Museum of Art and will be broadcast over KSUI at that time as well as 3-5 p.m. Sunday, March 14, and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. Listen on the Internet at

Messiaen and his "Quartet for the End of Time" will serve as the focal point for one portion of this program. Composed and premiered in a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II, Messiaen's score is one of the most highly regarded and influential works of the 20th century. It will be performed by the Antares Quartet in a concert sponsored by Hancher Auditorium, at 8 p.m. March 25 in Clapp Recital Hall.

On the March 12 radio broadcast, David Gompper, Leslie Sprout and Judith Hurtig will consider Messiaen and his place in musical history. Gompper is director of the UI Center for New Music, which will compliment the Antares performance of the "Quartet for the End of Time" with a concert of Messiaen's music March 28. Sprout is assistant professor of musicology and a specialist in French music of the 20th century. Hurtig is artistic director of Hancher Auditorium.

On the same broadcast, UI Director of Choral Activities Timothy Stalter will preview the Mozart "Requiem," which he will conduct in Hancher on a March 24 performance by the UI Symphony and Choruses. Another piece of great fame, Mozart's "Requiem" was left unfinished at the composer's death.

Other musical guests on the program will be Haik Arsenyan, a pianist-composer from Armenia who is studying piano at the UI with Ksenia Nosikova, and Irish folk musician Tim Britton, who will play the uillean pipes.

M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art, Inc. of Iowa City is the corporate sponsor of "Know the Score" broadcasts at the UI Museum of Art.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free to the museum and to the "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcast. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit on the World Wide Web. UI radio station KSUI is on the web at Information on other UI arts events is available at To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <>.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, Joan Kjaer;