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May 15, 2006

Knight Will Play Ellington's Sacred Music At UI Museum Of Art May 19

The Dan Knight Trio will present "Concert of Sacred Music: Duke Ellington" at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 19 in the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium of the University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA).

The Dan Knight Trio consists of Knight, piano; Craig Dove, bass; and Nick George, drums. They will be joined on May 19 by vocalists Betsy Hickok and Tracy Kelly, violinist Nathan Giglierano and tenor saxophonist Stuart Wood.

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 has played a series of Friday evening performances over the past two years.

"This is a joyous opportunity for me," Knight said. "I've performed music from the sacred concerts of Duke Ellington across the United States and Europe. If Duke Ellington considered himself to be 'God's messenger boy,' then I may just be the 'messenger boy' for Duke Ellington.

"Playing improvised music in liturgical settings has been a passion of mine for a long time. And doing this music, which I feel is possibly some of the most beautiful music ever written by Ellington, is a labor of love."

The concert will include selections from all three of Ellington's "concerts of sacred music." It will include Ellington's well-known pieces "Come Sunday" and "Heaven," as well as "In The Beginning, God," "Tell Me It's The Truth," "The Shepherd Who Watches Over The Night Flock," "The Lord's Prayer," "Meditation," and "Hallelujah," among others.

Hickok has performed and recorded in the Iowa City for several years, including her work with the popular vocal group "Too Much Yang." She will premiere her first solo CD -- and her first recording since she was with "Too Much Yang" -- May 20 at West Music in Coralville.

Kelly will appear on the upcoming release "Together Again . . . Again" with Dan Knight and the Don Blew Trio.

May 19 will be violinist Nathan Giglierano's first performance with the Dan Knight Trio. Currently a freshman at Iowa City High School, he is a composer as well as a violinist.

Wood is well known to many in the Midwest jazz community. He last appeared with Knight in "A Tribute to the Music of Art Farmer" at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City. This will be his first performance with the Dan Knight Trio at UIMA.

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,

Admission to UIMA is free. Admission to the performance -- $10 for museum members and $15 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

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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