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Feb. 3, 2005

UI Carver College Of Medicine To Host Music Fest Feb. 15-18

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum, the college's Writing Program and the Medical Student Humanities Interest Group will host a music festival Feb. 15-18 on the health sciences campus.

All performances will take place each day from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF).

Following is the festival schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 15

-- Stringendo medicosum, a string ensemble comprised of UI medical and physician assistant students. They will perform an original arrangement of the Guns N' Roses hit, "Sweet Child O' Mine," composed by second-year medical student Ben Hippen.

-- Major Grooves, a medical student a cappella group whose performance will include a special presentation honoring "The Vagina Monologues" performances Feb. 18 and 19 at MERF.

Wednesday, Feb. 16

-- Bahri Karacay and Turkana, performing Turkish folk music. Karacay, Ph.D., an assistant research scientist in the UI Department of Pediatrics, will provide vocals and play the saz, a long-necked, Turkish lute. Other band members are guitarist Paul McCray, M.D., professor of pediatrics; bassist Risto Rautiainen, Ph.D., assistant professor (clinical) of occupational and environmental health; and guitarist and drummer John Bayless, Ph.D., associate professor (clinical) of psychiatry.

Thursday, Feb. 17

-- President David Skorton and Company, performing jazz. Skorton will play the saxophone and flute. Other band members from the UI School of Music are vibes player Dan Moore, associate professor of percussion; bassist Israel Neuman, graduate teaching assistant; and drummer James Dreier, adjunct assistant professor of jazz studies.

Friday, Feb. 18

-- The Beggarmen, performing Irish folk. The band features Tara Dutcher on violin; Brad Poulsen on mandolin and whistle; Jose Manaligod, M.D., associate professor of otolaryngology, on accordion; and Dan Weeks, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry, on guitar.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Margaret LeMay at 319-335-8051 or by e-mail at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, Program: Margaret LeMay, 319-335-8051,