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Sept. 10, 2007

UI Museum series to showcase 'Odd Couples' Sept. 23

The University of Iowa Museum of Art opens its 2007-08 "Music at the Museum" program with "Odd Couples," a performance featuring unusual musical pairs, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. 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.

"Music at the Museum" is a series of intimate Sunday afternoon concerts presented by Shari Rhoads, opera coach for the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater. Additional 2 p.m. Sunday concerts during the fall semester will be on Oct. 21 and Nov. 11.

The program for the Sept. 23 performance will feature four unusual duets:

--The Sonata for two cellos by Jean Barrier, performed by UI faculty member Tony Arnone with graduate fellow Amy Phelps.

--"Blake Songs" for soprano and oboe by Ralph Vaughan William, performed by soprano Kelsey Williams with oboist Stuart Breczinski.

--"Dangerous Divertimento" for horn and tuba, performed by UI faculty members Jeffrey Agrell, horn, and John Manning, tuba.

--Three songs for soprano and tuba by Rodger Vaughn, performed by Williams and Manning.

"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.

"On the first program we have short, lovely pieces featuring duos that are something so completely different. I know people will find them interesting and enjoyable."

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 from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and from 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, 319-335-1670,; Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072, cell: 319-541-2846,