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Feb. 25, 2005

Peter Schickele Will Appear On KSUI's 'Know The Score LIVE' March 11

The multi-talented musical personality Peter Schickele -- radio host, "discoverer" of P.D.Q Bach, serious composer and performer -- will be the guest on radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM (101.7 FM in Dubuque) for the next edition of "Know the Score LIVE!", broadcast from the Lasansky Gallery and the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium of the UI Museum of Art (UIMA) 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 11.

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 UIMA and will be broadcast over KSUI at that time as well as 3-5 p.m. Sunday, March 13, and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. Listen on the Internet at

Schickele is widely regarded as one of the most creative people working in music today. His talents are so various -- both comic and serious -- and his interests and knowledge so broad, that anything could happen when he is on the air. And whatever it is, his record shows it will be entertaining.

He will be joined on the March 11 broadcast with live musicians from the Cedar Falls/Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.

Schickele is best known to the public as the creator of P.D.Q. Bach, described as "the last and the least of the great Johann Sebastian Bach's 20-odd children, and . . . certainly the oddest." Since 1965, Schicklele/P.D.Q. Bach has entertained audiences with Bach's "uniquely typical music" through a series of annual concerts. Schickele has appeared with more than 50 orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the London Symphony; there have been 11 P.D.Q. Bach recordings; and Schickele's "Definitive Biography of P.D.Q. Bach" has appeared in 11 editions.

In the 1990s Schickele achieved new renown as the host of the radio program "Schickele Mix," produced by Public Radio International (PRI). "Dedicated to the proposition that all musics are created equal" and exploring Duke Ellington's maxim, "if it sounds good, it is good," the wide-ranging "Schickele Mix" received the Gold Award for Programming Excellence from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 1993.

Less well known to the general public, Schickele is also a serious composer who has written more than 100 works for symphony orchestras, choral groups, chamber ensembles, voice, movies and television. He has received commissions from the National Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Minnesota Opera, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Audubon and Lark String Quartets and the Minnesota Orchestral Association, among many others. Writing in the New York Times, critic John Rockwell noted Schickele's "leading role in the ever-more-prominent school of American composers who unselfconsciously blend all levels of American music."

You can learn even more about Schickele and his alter egos at

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

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.

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