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Release: Oct. 26, 2006

Oct. 29 IWP Cinemateque Is A Portrait Of Estonian Composer Arvo Part

The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will present a portrait of contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Part in a free Cinemateque event at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building.

The event came about because of Estonian poet Doris Kareva's love of Part's mystical music, which is reminiscent of early music. Kareva will host the event along with School of Music faculty member David Puderbaugh.

The evening will include the documentary film "24 Preludes," recent compositions by Part and Erkki-Sven Tuur, and a conversation about Estonian musical culture.

The daughter of a composer, Kareva grew up in a musical environment. She has published 13 poetry collections, and her poems have been translated into 15 languages. She has edited anthologies of Estonian poetry, and translated the work of Auden, Beckett, Dickinson and Shakespeare.

After winning the State Cultural Prize in 1993, she launched Straw Stipend, which provides publication funding for 10 young Estonian poets. She currently serves as secretary general of the Estonian National Commission for UNESCO. She participates in the IWP courtesy of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Read a feature about her at

Kareva is one of 29 writers, representing 22 countries, in residence this fall at the IWP. Biographies of all the writers are accessible on the IWP Web site,

Puderbaugh joined the UI faculty as assistant director of choral activities in 2006. He conducts Camerata and teaches graduate choral literature. He received a bachelor's degree from Drake University, a master's degree and doctorate from the UI. His research interest in Estonian choral music led in a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct dissertation research on that country's national song festivals during the Soviet occupation. For more information, see:

The School of Music is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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