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March 31, 2006

April 14 'Know the Score' Broadcast Will Consider Three 'Kreutzer' Sonatas

A great musical work, a great literary work with the same name and the musical work it inspired in turn will be the subject of the radio program "Know the Score LIVE!", broadcast live from the University of Iowa Museum of Art's Lasansky Gallery and the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 14.

The program, part of the weekly arts and humanities series hosted by Joan Kjaer, can be heard at that time on radio station KSUI, 91.7 FM (101.7 FM in Dubuque). It will be rebroadcast on KSUI 3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 16, and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 19. You may also listen to the broadcast on the Internet at

The broadcast will be open to the public free of charge.

The first musical work is Beethoven's Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano, op. 47, known as the "Kreutzer" Sonata. The literary work is a novella by Leo Tolstoy, "The Kreutzer Sonata," which tells of the tragic disintegration of a marriage around a performance of Beethoven's sonata. And the third work is a string quartet by Czech composer Leos Janacek that was inspired in turn by Tolstoy's story.

It's a complicated sequence -- one made more enigmatic by the surprising fact that the element all three works have in common, the name Kreutzer, was taken from Rudolphe Kreutzer, a Parisian violinist who never played, and probably never even saw, Beethoven's sonata.

On hand to help explain the twists and turns of the various plots will be members of the Maia Quartet from the UI School of Music and Russian scholar Russell Valentino, associate professor of Russian and of cinema and comparative literature at the UI.

Other guests on the program will be U.S. Representative Jim Leach, who will talk about the House Arts Caucus and the House Humanities Caucus, and Know the Score poet-in-residence Marvin Bell.

The University of Iowa Alumni Association is the corporate sponsor of "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcasts. Refreshments are provided by the Prairie Table.

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.

The departments of Russian and of cinema and comparative literature are academic units of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts, also in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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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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