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Nov. 10, 2005

Target Community Concert Series Presents Latin Jazz Concert Nov. 20

The Target Community Concert Series, presented by the University of Iowa Arts Share program, will present a free concert by the UI Latin Jazz Ensemble at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert, designed to delight family members of all ages -- and to get them singing and dancing -- will draw selections from the vast repertoire of Latin styles and rhythms, including Mambo, Cuban Guaguanco, Brazilian Samba and music blended from many of the Caribbean and South American traditions. 

Included will be compositions performed by legendary Latin musicians including Johnny Pacheco, Tania Maria, the Ft. Apache Band and Daniel Ponce, along with compositions by Robert Washut from the University of Northern Iowa faculty.

The Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by James Dreier, is one of the many ensembles in the jazz area of the UI School of Music.

The goal of Arts Share is to strengthen the arts in underserved areas and to provide access to life-enriching arts experiences throughout Iowa -- a goal in perfect synch with the UI Year of Public Engagement.

To serve that goal, Arts Share makes artists available in music, theater, dance, the visual arts and creative writing. The available activities range from workshops to ensemble coaching to concerts to lectures -- and even special, custom-designed projects.

The program also sponsors a variety of on-campus performances available to school groups from throughout the region.

The 2005-06 Arts Share roster includes more than 100 individual artists and ensembles, with options to fit a variety of needs and budgets. Many schools have scheduled several Arts Share artists to create a concentrated arts day, or have engaged an artist to make multiple visits, enabling their guidance of long-term projects.

Arts Share sponsors for 2005-06 include Alliant Energy Foundation, the Optimists, the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, the John K. and Luise V. Hanson Foundation and Target Stores.

Arts Share is the outreach program of the UI Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School of Music is one of the division's academic departments.

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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: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073,