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Aug. 22, 2011

Division of Performing Arts announces 2011-12 season, milestones and special guests

A new season of hundreds of artistic performances at the University of Iowa has been unveiled, featuring productions by the major units of the UI Division of Performing Arts: the School of Music, the Department of Theatre Arts and Department of Dance. The 2011-12 season includes a bittersweet departure and the welcoming of several internationally celebrated guest artists. Tickets for the season go on sale Monday, Aug. 22.

Highlights of the new season include:

--Theatre: "Stick Fly," a play by Lydia R. Diamond, Nov. 10-19, will mark the final UI directorial effort by Tisch Jones as an associate professor of directing. Other contemporary productions to be featured are "Big Love" and "In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)." Chekov's "The Cherry Orchard" and Shakespeare's "Hamlet" are also featured.

--Dance: Dance Gala 2011, Oct. 27-Nov. 6, will feature elite UI Dance students performing a work by guest artist Trisha Brown, one of the nation's greatest modern dance choreographers.

--Music: Internationally renowned mezzo-soprano and UI alumnae Katharine Goeldner will perform May 2 with the UI Symphony Orchestra under the direction of William LaRue Jones; the Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premier of UI alumnus and composer Joe Dangerfield's composition "Pulse," on Oct. 26; and the ever-popular "Band Extravaganza" features the Hawkeye Marching Band, along with the Drum Major and the Golden Girl, performing in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Nov. 16.

"Stick Fly" follows the members of an affluent African American family who gather at their Martha's Vineyard vacation home as two sons plan to introduce their girlfriends to their upper class parents. Instead, they stumble into a domestic powder keg. Professor Jones voices her personal excitement about directing "Stick Fly."

"This is a wonderful play that deals with people like me -— black and middle class -— not the downtrodden, as we so often see blacks portrayed," she said. "What audiences will also see is that the problems of the black middle class are not so different from those of the white middle class."

Jones has both MA and MFA degrees from Iowa and has been a member of the Theatre Arts faculty since 2001. She has been directing professional and educational theatre for many years. Her productions include "Woza Albert," "The Escape; or A Leap to Freedom," "The Boy King," "Owners," "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," "Christchild," "Miss lnvictus," and "Gray Panthers." She was one of the founders of the Twin Cities Black Theatre in Minneapolis, was director of Special Arts Programs for the Connecticut State Board of Education, and served as assistant to the dean/artistic director at Yale Repertory Theatre.

Choreographer Brown was the first woman to receive a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. She has also won five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships. She was the 1994 recipient of the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Fellowship and served on the National Council on the Arts from 1994 to 1997. She was honored in 2003 with the National Medal of Arts and is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Mezzo-soprano Goeldner earned her bachelor of music education degree from the UI, where she studied voice with Jocelyn Reiter. She also holds a Magister Diplom in German Lieder from Salzburg's Hochschule Mozarteum. She lives in Salzburg, but returns to Iowa often. She performed in "Salome" with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, a production filmed by Iowa Public Television for broadcast and DVD. She has performed with the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and around the world.

Composer Dangerfield is assistant professor of music composition and theory at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. He earned his doctorate from the UI in 2005 following studies with David Gompper. He has lived and worked in Germany, Russia, Holland and New York. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Aaron Copland Award and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra's Composition Prize, both in 2010, and the Henry and Park Pelzer Prize for Excellence in Composition in 2005.

Details and order forms for the Music, Theatre and Dance productions and concerts can be found at the UI Division of Performing Arts website, a mobile-friendly site accessible by smart phones as well as computers and tablets.

Tickets are also available through the Hancher Box Office, located in the University Capitol Centre (formerly Old Capitol Mall), at 319-335-1160 or 1-800-HANCHER. Tickets may also be purchased at the Hancher website.

UI students can use their current student ID to get $5 tickets or free tickets for Division of Performing Arts performances. Organized groups of 15 or more may receive a $2 discount per single discount. For more information, call 319-335-1160.

The Division of Performing Arts is a major component of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Each year the division presents more than 400 public performances.

PHOTOS: Tisch Jones, Trisha Brown, Katharine Goeldner and Joe Dangerfield at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Susan Orhon, Division of Performing Arts marketing coordinator, music 319-335-3016,; J.D. Mendenhall, Division of Performing Arts marketing coordinator, theatre and dance 319-335-3213,; Steve Parrott, University News Services, 319-384-0037,