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Jan. 24, 2007

Musicologist Winter Will Present Ida Beam Lectures At UI Feb. 7-9

Musicologist Robert Winter from UCLA will be an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Iowa Feb. 7-9. As part of his visit, he will present a lecture/concert with the UI Maia String Quartet on the music of Edvard Grieg as part of the UI Scandinavian/Nordic Fest, as well as two other public lectures on campus.

Winter's free public lectures on campus will be:

-- "Can Our Music Curriculum Be Saved?" at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building;

-- "Classical Music in a Digital World," at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Room 240 of Art Building West; and

-- "The Margins and the Center -- Edvard Grieg and Musical Nationalism," the lecture concert with the Maia Quartet, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 in Clapp Recital Hall.

There will be a reception for Winter in the Clapp Recital Hall Lobby following the final lecture.

A pianist as well as a scholar, Winter has been a leader in the development of interactive music materials, including commercial interactive programs focusing on several of the major musical works of history. An articulate speaker, he has been an active public figure through lectures and broadcasts aimed at the general public.

Winter joined the UCLA faculty in 1974. In the first 15 years of his scholarly career he authored, co-authored or edited four major books on Beethoven and published a substantial number of influential articles on compositional process, performance practice and the composer Franz Schubert. He became widely known to the general musical public in 1979 with his nationally broadcast 10-week live-music series on Mozart and Beethoven (with the Sequoia Quartet) for American Public Radio, as well as programs in the series "Pacific Coast Highway."

In 1989 Winter was invited by the Voyager Company to produce its first original interactive software title -- today widely regarded as the first commercial interactive publication. As an instinctively multimedia performer and author, Winter's programs on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring," Mozart's "Dissonant" Quartet and Dvorak's "New World" Symphony have been hailed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek  -- where he was profiled as one of "50 to Watch" in cyberspace -- People Magazine and Wired.

For more about Robert Winter, see:

The resident string quartet at the UI School of Music since 1998, the Maia Quartet presents a series of chamber music concerts on campus every year. Its members -- violinists Tricia Park and Zoran Jakovcic, violist Elizabeth Oakes and cellist Hannah Holman -- are all members of the School of Music faculty.

The Maia Quartet has established itself nationally with performances in major concert venues including Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Aspen Music Festival. The Maia Quartet has a Web page, with bios and photos of the ensemble, at

The "Scandinavian/Nordic Fest," most of it taking place during February, is a collaborative project of the Maia Quartet and other campus organizations, including the UI School of Music, the Department of Dance, the Department of Theatre Arts and the School of Art and Art History. Details of Scandinavian/Nordic Fest events, including times, locations and programs, may be found at

The UI established the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program in 1978-79 based on a bequest from Ida Beam of Vinton, Iowa, who willed her family farm to the UI Foundation. The proceeds from the farm's sale enabled the UI to establish a fund that brings top scholars in a variety of fields to the university for lectures and discussions.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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