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Oct. 31, 2006

'Celebration Of Music, Medicine And Community' Coming Nov. 2-10

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum and the college's Writing Program will present "A Celebration of Music, Medicine and Community," a community concert series Nov. 2-10 by cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Mary Au.

The musicians represent the Piatigorsky Foundation in New York City, and the celebration is the foundation's inaugural tour of Iowa. The one-hour concerts will include discussions of the performances.

The following performances are free and open to the public:

-- 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in the atrium of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) on the UI health sciences campus.

-- Noon Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the John Colloton Pavilion atrium at UI Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Drive in Iowa City.

-- Noon Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Mercy Hospital, 500 East Market St. in Iowa City.

-- 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Lisbon Public Library, 101 East Main St. in Lisbon, Ia.

-- 12:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 East College St. in Iowa City.

Additional performances not open to the public are scheduled for Walden Place in Iowa City, the Iowa City Senior Center, Oaknoll in Iowa City, Silver Pines in Cedar Rapids and Milestones Adult Day Health in Marion.

The concert series is co-sponsored by the UI Carver College of Medicine, the college's Program in Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities; the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UI through the UI Center on Aging; Iowa State Bank & Trust; Richard Caplan, M.D.; James Christensen, M.D.; and West Music.

Au attended the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Southern California. She has appeared in Columbia Artists Management Community Concerts and in the IFEA Award-winning Nanning International Arts Festival in China. As a former executive of the Grammy Awards, she has worked with many world-renowned Grammy-winning recording artists including Van Cliburn, Mstislav Rostropovich and Sting. Her live recording with cellist Ruslan Biryukov, "ENCORE," has been received with critical acclaim and is available via the Web at

Drachman studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music. He has appeared regularly as soloist in performances across the United States. He has also performed in Great Britain, Sweden, Italy, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Russia. His CDs include "A Frog He Went A Courting" and "Infinity," both with pianist Richard Dowling. "Romance and Revelation" is scheduled to be released later this year.

Drachman established the Piatigorsky Foundation in 1990 in honor of his grandfather, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, who believed in the healing and inspirational power of classical music. He once said: "Music makes life better. Music is a necessity. It is rich. It is imaginative. It is magnificent. And it is for everyone." Through his artistry and personality, Piatigorsky enlivened his mission by performing for millions of people around the globe.

The Piatigorsky Foundation is committed to carrying on Piatigorsky's aspiration by evoking cultural curiosity through educational and accessible live performances. More information is available online at

All events are free. For more information, contact Margaret LeMay-Lewis at 319-335-8051 or by e-mail at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, PROGRAM CONTACT: Margaret LeMay, 319-335-8051,