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Oct. 5, 2007

'Music at the Museum' will offer Baroque arias and sonatas Oct. 21

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA) will host an afternoon concert of Baroque music featuring a new harpsichord from the UI School of Music, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. The performance is free and open to the public.

Patrons should enter the museum through the new permanent entrance, on the east side of the building facing the Iowa River. The new entrance leads into the museum's Nancy and Craig Willis Atrium.

The concert is part of "Music at the Museum," a series of intimate Sunday afternoon concerts organized by Shari Rhoads, opera coach for the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater. The final concert of the fall semester will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

"These Sunday concerts are a wonderful opportunity to see and hear collaborations between UI faculty and students in an intimate setting" Rhoads said. "The seating provides instant access to the artists, since no one in the audience is ever more than 50 feet away from the performers.

Performers on Oct. 21 will be Rhoads, playing the harpsichord; oboist Mark Weiger from the UI School of Music; and soprano Susan Bender from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Weiger will perform sonatas by Georg Philip Telemann and Martino Bitti with Rhoads, Bender will sing arias by Henry Purcell with Rhoads, and all three performers will collaborate on arias for soprano with oboe obbligato by George Frideric Handel.

"This program will be a delightful way to pass an hour at the museum with two artists of inspiring musicianship," Rhoads said. "I like playing in the intimate setting of the UIMA's Lasansky Room. After all, this music was meant to be played in small drawing rooms, not in concert halls of 3500 to which we Americans are accustomed. The harpsichord is a wonderful new addition to the School of Music and I am pleased to be able to make music with two inspiring friends and colleagues."

Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty as opera coach in the fall of 2000. Before arriving at the UI she taught Lieder and interpretation at the Music Conservatory in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. She was Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater and served as conductor and coach at the opera theater in Darmstadt, Germany, the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona, Spain, and the Teatro de las Zarzuela in Madrid. For more information, see

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Shari Rhoads, School of Music,; Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072 (office), 319-541-2846 (cell),