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March 6, 2007

Public Invited To Learn About Music Across Cultures March 9

Musicians and fans are invited to share and learn about music across cultures at Musical Café Central from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 9, in the International Commons, Room 1117 of the University Capitol Centre.

Anyone who plays an instrument or sings is invited to perform. The event is sponsored by the University of Iowa Office of International Students (OISS) and co-sponsored by the UI Organization for the Active Support of International Students. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

"This is a very informal situation where people can come and unwind and chat," said organizer Gyorgy Toth, an International Programs graduate assistant from Hungary. "Music is something that travels easily -- just like food -- it transcends cultures and creates dialogue."

According to Toth, the tentative lineup includes a guitar player singing in French, performances on viola and harmonica and Afro-Cuban rhythms on percussion instruments.

"Anyone can come and play or sing," Toth said. "It doesn't have to be a folk song. It can be classical music. Something that shows the role of music in their culture or in their life."

Musical Café Central is part of the "Life in Iowa" series specifically designed for UI international students, said Helen Jameson, OISS assistant director of programming.

"It's an ongoing orientation program for international students in their first year," Jameson said, adding the general public is also invited to the Café Central events as a way to connect with international students and learn more about their countries and cultures.

Social events are included to enhance classroom instruction and an intensive two-week orientation session international students attend when they first arrive on campus, she said.

"These students are very successful before they come to the UI, but often they need help getting acquainted with our academic and cultural systems," Jameson said. "This program is designed to do that."

OISS is part of UI International Programs, which enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge.

For more information, visit or contact OISS at 319-335-0335. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026,; Helen Jameson or Gyorgy Toth, UI Office of International Students and Scholars, 319-335-0335, or; Writer, Joe Nugent.