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Jan. 30, 2004

Pianist/NPR Program Host O'Riley Will Appear On KSUI's 'Know The Score' Feb. 13

Pianist Christopher O'Riley, the host of National Public Radio's popular "From the Top," will be one of the guests 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, Feb. 13.

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, Feb. 15, and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18. Listen on the internet at

The broadcast will be the first from a newly renovated space in the UIMA that was designed as a home-away-from-home for "Know the Score." For the UIMA, volunteer Susan Boyd, Education Coordinator Dale Fisher and Assistant Professor of American Studies Nick Yablon will talk about the museum's newly completed exhibition space and the atrium. They will also discuss "American Tableaux: Selections from the Collection of Walker Art Center," currently on display in the new gallery areas of the UIMA.

O'Riley has gained national recognition as the fun-loving host of "From the Top," the weekly public radio program that showcases young classical musicians. O'Riley will tape an edition of the program -- featuring 13-year-old pianist Lisa Ye of Coralville and 13-year-old cellist Bridget Pasker from Dubuque -- 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, in the UI Clapp Recital Hall under the auspices of KSUI-FM.

During his visit to Iowa City, O'Riley will also appear as soloist in a performance of the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 with the University Symphony at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Hancher Auditorium.

For the Feb. 13 broadcast of "Know the Score," O'Riley will be interviewed by host Joan Kjaer about what goes into taking his program on the road, and he will perform selections from his piano arrangements of music by the pop group Radiohead. He will be accompanied on "Know the Score" by some of the young classical musicians who will appear on the Feb. 14 taping of "From the Top."

Additional musical guests will be young students of West Music Company and double-bassist Volkan Orhon from the UI School of Music.

"Know the Score" poet-in-residence Marvin Bell, the Flannery O'Connor Professor of Letters at the UI Writers Workshop and state poet laureate of Iowa, will make one of his regular appearances on the program to share poetry with the audience.

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.

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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,

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