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April 25, 2005

Dan Knight Concludes 2004-05 Season At Museum of Art May 6

Jazz pianist Dan Knight will conclude his current season of performances at the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) with "Spring is Here" at 5 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the museum's Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

Knight has a regular date, playing at the UIMA on the first Friday of each month during the academic year. The series will resume next fall.

The May 6 performance will feature the Dan Knight Trio -- Knight on piano, with Dick Kriz, bass, and Nick George, drums -- and guest vibraphonist Bob Wesner.

The performance will feature songs related to Spring, including "Joy Spring" by Clifford Brown; "Spring is Here" and "It Might as Well Be Spring" by Richard Rodgers; and "You Must Believe in Spring" by Michel Legrand, among others.

"The evening will be a lot of fun for us," Knight said recently. "It will be full of melody, color and surprises, just like the season. It will be a little bittersweet for us, though, as it's the end of this season's performances at the UI Museum of Art.

"We're already looking forward to next year, and continuing the series in September. I've really grown accustomed to playing at the UIMA once a month, but I'll be doing some touring in Europe this summer so I really can't complain about not having a place to play for a few months. It's just that the Willis Atrium at the UIMA has become a sort of musical home for me, and I'll miss it for the next few months.

"But I'm already in the planning stages for the 2005-06 season. I can't wait!"

Knight has often played in the museum. In 1999 he recorded and released a CD of music inspired by nine paintings in the museum's permanent collection, "Pictures at an Exhibition," and he played in the UIMA twice during the spring semester of 2004.

A Steinway Artist as well as a composer, educator and a respected improviser, Knight has built a worldwide reputation. He has made several CD recordings for After Hours Recordings, including "Dan Knight and the La Fosse Jazz Trio: Live from Studio III," recorded with the late UI violin faculty member Leopold La Fosse; "Dan Knight Duo: Live at Riverside Theatre"; and "Dan Knight Quartet: Live at the Cottonwood Club."

More information on Knight is available at his web page,

Currently a doctor in medical practice in Iowa City, Wesner was a student of Tom Davis, the long-time percussion faculty member at the UI School of Music. He continues to play jazz vibraphone locally, and has performed with Knight as well as Davis and current UI percussion faculty member Dan Moore.

Admission to UIMA is free. Admission to the performance -- $5 for museum members and $10 for non-members -- will be collected at the door of the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar available in the atrium during the performance.

Museum memberships are available for contributions of $25 or more. Contributions support exhibitions, programs and acquisitions by the museum. For further information, contact Buffie Tucker, at 319-353-2847 or by email at buffie-tucker@uiowa,edu

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

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