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April 4, 2008

Visiting professors will discuss Renaissance music April 17-18

The University of Iowa School of Music will host two scholars of Renaissance Music as Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professors Thursday and Friday, April 17 and 18. The scholars -- Kristine Forney from California State University, Long Beach, and William F. Prizer from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) -- will present a public lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building.

Their joint lecture, "Sex and the City (and Court): Women and Music in Renaissance Europe," is free and open to the public.

During their visit to the UI campus, Forney and Prizer will each speak to students in the School of Music. These two lectures are also open to the public:

--At 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in Theatre B of the UI Theatre Building, Forney will speak on "Between the Keys: Microtonality and the West Coast Ultramodernist Mildred Couper." Couper, who lived from 1887 to 1974, was one of the first musicians to experiment with quarter-tone music. She founded the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, where she lived.

--At 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building, Prizer will speak on "Behind the Mask: Patrons and Performers for Florentine Carnival, 1470-1513."

Forney is director of music history and musicology at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, California State University, Long Beach. She is the co-author of "The Enjoyment of Music," one of the most widely used music textbooks for undergraduate students. For more information see

Prizer is musicology area head at UCSB. He is the author of numerous articles and books on Renaissance music and is currently working on a new book, "Courts, Cardinals and Courtesans: Secular Music in Italy around 1500." For more information see

A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet with students and faculty.

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