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April 4, 2011

At A Glance

Torrevillas' '…in Trento' wins award at L.A. International Film Festival

A film by the University of Iowa's Lem Torrevillas won an honorable mention award in the experimental film category at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.

The 3 1/2-minute film, "…in Trento," is about a child grieving the loss of her father, a tank commander in one of many wars in the fictional country Trento. The girl's uncle brings her a video of her father's wrecked tank, which she plays endlessly. It is a piece about healing, and the story is portable in that it applies to whenever humanity fights itself, from an actual war to a disintegrating relationship between two people. The film previously won first place in the Iowa City Experimental Film Festival.

Torrevillas holds a master's degree in video and film production from the UI and for the past 12 years has managed the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Production Unit, which loans equipment to students in film, video and audio. 


Crosspark Road rerouted starting April 6

Crosspark Road will be rerouted from the Technology Innovation Center driveway to the Oakdale Studio A (formerly the Nurses' Quarters building) driveway at the University of Iowa Research Park beginning Wednesday, April 6.

The rerouting will be in place for the duration of a project to install a biomass gasifier and steam generator at the Oakdale Renewable Energy Plant. Estimated completion of the project is Sept. 30.

A temporary two-way road has been constructed between the two driveways just to the east of Crosspark Road and will be used as a detour for traffic.  Proper signage will be installed to direct traffic through the area.

For additional information, contact Facilities Management at 319-335-5500.


Harpsichordist de Silva will present free recital April 17

The University of Iowa School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society will present "'Play from the Soul…': Heeding C.P.E. Bach's Advice," a free lecture/recital by harpsichordist Preethi de Silva at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in the University Capitol Centre Recital Hall.

The program will feature the Fantasia in A major, H. 278 (Wq. 58/7), Variations on "Folies d'Espagne" H. 263 (Wq. 118), Chaconne from Pièces de Clavecin, Troisième Livre and the Sonata in G minor, H. 47 (Wq. 65/17) by C.P.E. Bach; de Silva's Pieces for Harpsichord; the Chaconne in G by Handel; and "La Forqueray" by Jacques Duply

De Silva has concertized extensively as harpsichordist and fortepianist in the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. She has received high praise for her virtuosity, great sensitivity of touch and stylish performances.

Her recordings of several volumes of keyboard works by J.S. and C.P.E. Bach, J.G. Müthel and Mozart have received critical acclaim in the United States and in Europe.

She is also artistic director of Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble (, which earlier this year commemorated its 30th anniversary.


Bassist Volkan Orhon will present free UI faculty recital April 17

Bassist Volkan Orhon, a faculty member in the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by pianist Rose Chancler-Feinbloom in a free recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in the Riverside Recital Hall.

Their program will be "Minstrel's Song" by Glazunov, the Adagio from the ballet "Unforgettable 1919" by Shostakovich, "Colour of Anatolia" by Turkish composer Erdal Tugcular, Tarantella by Bottesini, Caprice #2 by UI cello faculty member Anthony Arnone, "Iberique Peninsulaire" by Francois Rabbath, the Capriccio No. 2 by David Anderson, "Waldesruhe" by Dvorak and the Divertimento Concertante by Nino Rota, best known at the composer for Fellini's films.

Chancler-Feinbloom, a former School of Music faculty member, is a frequent performer throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, making appearances equally as soloist, collaborative artist and teacher. Her recent recitals with Orhon include the Friends of Chamber music series in Tucson, in Pittsburgh and at the International String Bass convention in Oklahoma City.

She has most recently been a faculty member at Plattsburgh State University of New York, and she runs a private studio.

Access Orhon's biography at


UI program offered for adults with hearing loss and partners

The University of Iowa's Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic is offering a two-day workshop to help improve communication between adults with acquired hearing loss and their communication partners.

The Hearing Evaluation and Auditory Rehabilitation Services-Aural Rehab Conference will be held June 2 and 3 at the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Clinic at the UI in Iowa City.

Classes offered over the two days will help participants to understand hearing loss, learn techniques for coping with communication breakdowns and improve their communication skills.

Information also will be presented on hearing aid technology, and assistive listening device technology.

Registration is required and space is limited. The fee is $200 for the primary participant and $50 for the communication partner. A sliding scale for fees is available for persons with financial concerns. The registration fee is based on two people and covers all classes, assessments, activities, parking, continental breakfasts and lunches.

For more information and to obtain a registration form, visit or contact Diane Niebuhr at 319-335-8736 or


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