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Nov. 21, 2007

Piano music will be the main topic of 'Know the Score LIVE!' Dec. 7

The radio program "Know the Score LIVE!" will focus on piano music for its broadcast 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, from the University of Iowa Museum of Art's Lasansky Gallery and the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

The program, part of the weekly arts and humanities series hosted by Joan Kjaer, can be heard at that time on radio station KSUI-FM 91.7 (101.7 FM in Dubuque) and KHKE-FM 89.5 in Cedar Falls/Waterloo. It will be rebroadcast 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8, on the Iowa Public Radio classical network, including KSUI and KHKE as well as WOI-FM 90.1 in Ames/Des Moines.

Listen to the event on the Internet at

The live event, broadcast from the UI Museum of Art, will be open to the public free of charge. Audience members should enter the museum through the new permanent entrance, on the east side of the building facing the Iowa River. The new entrance leads directly into the Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

The piano music on the program will be introduced by Ksenia Nosikova, a member of the UI School of Music faculty. Nosikova and some of her most accomplished piano students will perform and discuss "Piano Sundays," a recently developed concert series held in the UI Old Capitol Museum.

Nosikova will also perform works by Lera Auerbach, a pianist/composer who was one of the very last artists to defect from the Soviet Union and who defected during a concert tour in 1991. Aurbach, who was still in her teens at the time, subsequently earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School in New York and graduated from the piano soloist program of the Hannover Hochschuele fuer Musik in Germany.

Nosikova, who also moved her musical career from the former Soviet Union to the United States, commissioned a piano sonata by Auerbach and recently completed a CD recording of Auerbach's piano works.

Also appearing on the program will be Lisa D'amour, playwright in residence with the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. D'Amour just returned to Iowa from New Orleans, where she was working on a performance piece that deals with issues surrounding Hurricane Katrina. She will discuss New Orleans and her recent works that relate to the city.

The University of Iowa Alumni Association is the corporate sponsor of "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcasts. Refreshments are provided by the Prairie Table.

The UI Museum of Art, located at 150 N. Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 9 p.m. Fridays. Admission is free to the museum and to the "Know the Score LIVE!" broadcast. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

Information on KSUI broadcasts is available at For more information in the UI Museum of Art see

Learn more about D'Amour at her Web page, Information on Nosikva is available at

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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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

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