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Jan. 25, 2008

At A Glance

Valley, Waukee students to hold Mini-Dance Marathon Jan. 25

An estimated 250 students from Valley High School in Des Moines and Waukee High School will hold their first joint Mini-Dance Marathon event beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Valley High School. Students at Valley held their first 12-hour Mini-Dance Marathon four years ago to benefit patients and their families receiving care at University of Iowa Children's Hospital in Iowa City. For more information, contact Allison Johnson of Valley High School at

Iowa State students to 'Kick it for the Kids' Jan. 26

Nearly 1,000 students at Iowa State University will have no problem staying warm during their 11th annual Dance Marathon, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the ISU Memorial Union. Over the past 10 years, a total of nearly $900,000 has been raised for UI Children's Hospital through Children's Miracle Network.

To take part in the 15-hour fundraiser, participating students must raise at least $200. Joining the dancers will be more than 160 family members and children who received treatment at UI Children's Hospital and who will share their stories. Last year, more than 500 ISU Dance Marathon participants raised $160,000.

To donate to ISU Dance Marathon visit or send a check to: Dance Marathon, c/o Dancer's Name, East Student Office Space, Memorial Union, Ames, IA 50011. For more information about Children's Miracle Network at UI Children's Hospital, contact Morgan Rohrbach at 319-335-8484 or

Pharmacy student group hosts HIV/AIDS panel discussion Jan. 26

The UI College of Pharmacy chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association will host a panel discussion on HIV/AIDS awareness from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, located at 123 S. Linn St. Topics will include HIV/AIDS risks and testing, treatment, safe sex practices, and living with the disease. For more information, contact Christine Catney at 319-335-8760 or

Public can meet Iowa author Rosanne Klass at UI Main Library Jan. 30

Cedar Rapids author Rosanne Klass will be available for an informal conversation at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 in Room 2032 (second floor conference room) of the UI Main Library. Klass' memoir "Land of the High Flags: Afghanistan When the Going Was Good," describes her experiences visiting the country as a young teacher. She is donating her manuscripts to the Iowa Authors Collection at the UI Libraries. For more information, contact Kristi Bontrager at 319-335-5960 or see

Timothy Ehlen performs Feb. 2 for UI Piano Festival

Pianist Timothy Ehlen, a faculty member of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will present a University of Iowa guest recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. Ehlen's recital, which is part of the annual Piano Festival at the School of Music, will be free and open to the public. In addition to his recital, Ehlen will teach a public master class with UI student performers at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building.

Ehlen will play four works on the Feb. 2 recital:

--Fantasia in C Major by Joseph Haydn.

--the Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor ("Moonlight") by Beethoven.

--the Sonata No. 30 in E Major, op. 109, by Beethoven.

--the original 1837 version of the Symphonic Etudes by Robert Schumann.

An annual event, the Piano Festival is a celebration of piano performance and teaching. It typically includes master classes for UI students and free public performances by outstanding visiting artists.

A Steinway artist, Ehlen has performed extensively in the United States and Europe. See his Web page: UI School of Music:

Soprano Valerie Errante returns to UI for Feb. 3 recital CANCELLED

Soprano Valerie Errante, a former guest faculty member at the University of Iowa School of Music, will return to the UI for a recital with guitarist Rene Izquierdo at 8 p.m. Sunday Feb. 3, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building. Their UI guest recital will be free and open to the public.

The three works on the program will be:

--"Letters from Composers" by Dominick Argento.

--"Songs from the Chinese," op. 58 by Benjamin Britten.

--"Anon. In Love" by William Walton.

Errante is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM). She has performed extensively in Europe, including several seasons as leading coloratura soprano at the opera house in Kiel, Germany. Izquierdo studied guitar in his native Cuba and the United States and now teaches at UWM.

Errante and Izquierdo frequently perform together as a duo. For more information: UI School of Music:

Brazilian violinist will give UI guest recital Feb. 5

Brazilian violinist Carmelo de los Santos, the 2003 first prizewinner of the Júlio Cardona International Competition in Covilhã, Portugal, will present a University of Iowa guest recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Clapp Recital Hall. His recital, with pianist Michael Zenge, will be free and open to the public.

De los Santos will play the Sonata No. 3 for Violin Solo by Eugène Ysaÿe. With Zenge, he will perform the Sonata No. 7 in C minor, op. 30 no. 2, by Beethoven; Ernst Chausson's "Poéme" for violin and orchestra; and "La campanella," arranged from the Concerto No. 2 of Nicolò Paganini.

De los Santos, who teaches at the University of New Mexico, made his New York debut in 2002 with the ARCO Chamber Orchestra, both as a soloist and conductor. More information:

Michael Zenge graduated from Oberlin College and the University of Illinois and studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and was artist in residence at the Franz-Schubert-Institute, in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria.

UI School of Music:

UI picks up three 'ICKY' awards

The Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA), a group of 131 cultural organizations in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area, awarded its second annual "ICKY" Awards Tuesday, Jan. 22. The awards, honoring innovation and excellence in cultural programming, were presented by Joe Jennison, executive director of the ICCA. The name "ICKY" Awards is based loosely on the acronym "ICCA."

The University of Iowa picked up three of the awards for 2007:

--Hancher Auditorium and the Joffrey Ballet won the awards for Dance Programming and Touring Events Programming for "The Joffrey Ballet Dancing River to River".

--Old Capitol Museum won the award for History Programming for "A Community of Writers: Creative Writing at the University of Iowa," which will be on view at the museum through Oct. 12, 2008.

The complete list of "ICKY" awards:

A film of the Joffrey "Dancing River to River" project will be shown at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in Hancher Auditorium. For free tickets visit

Information on "A Community of Writers":


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