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Arts in April Festival Saturday, March 29, at UNI's Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

March 25, 2003

Michelle Coleman, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A daylong 'Arts in April Festival' Saturday, March 29, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center will serve as a prelude to a monthlong celebration of arts and culture on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

The festival, designed to be 'free, fun and family-friendly,' will open at 10:30 a.m. and run into the evening. It will feature workshops and performances, designed for all ages, including theatre, music, dance, literature and the culinary and visual arts. In addition to a variety of free activities, there will be two ticketed events-- a performance by UNI's International Dance Theatre and a Greg Brown benefit for KUNI Radio.

UNI President Robert Koob will welcome festival-goers during the 10:30 a.m. opening ceremony. A number of groups will perform on the lobby stage throughout the day, beginning with the UNI Singers at 10:45 a.m. Other performers will be: the Men's Glee Club at noon; UNI Suzuki School at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier essay contest winners, 3 p.m.; Habeas Corpus-Disco, 3:45 p.m.; UNI Jazz Combo A, 4 p.m.; UNI Theatre Students, 6 p.m.; UNI Chamber Singers, 6:30 p.m.; and George Walker Society, 7 p.m.

Free workshops and performances will take place in Davis and Jebe Halls, and in classrooms in the Gallagher-Bluedorn, beginning at 11 a.m. The UNI International Dance Theatre will perform at 1 p.m., in the Great Hall of the GBPAC, featuring cultures, customs and costumes from around the world in a concert of dance and music. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.

'An Evening with Greg Brown,' a special performance, at 7:30 p.m., in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn, will benefit public radio station KUNI. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Brown, 'one of the best singer-songwriters in America,' according to the Washington Post, began his career performing in clubs and restaurants in the Iowa City area. He made his solo radio debut in 1979 on KUNI's first 'Live from Studio One' broadcast. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has been hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as 'a wickedly sharp observer of the human condition.'

Tickets for both events can be purchased through the GBPAC ticket office at (319) 273-SHOW.

The free workshops include:

11 a.m. -- A hands-on workshop from the University Museum. Learn how to communicate using textiles and cord, and participatory dance experiences. Taught by UNI students who are UNI Young Peoples Dance Theatre instructors.

Noon -- Basic techniques of auditioning for the musical theatre, for middle school students to adults.

Noon to 6 p.m. -- A variety of visual arts with hands-on activities offered by UNI art education students. Workshops begin on the hour.

1 p.m. -- Sturgis Youth Theatre hands-on workshop. Participants will explore pantomime, movement and story dramatization. Scott Nice, UNI assistant professor of theatre, will offer an introductory class in pantomime.

2 p.m. -- 'Music and Mathematics: Reich's 'Clapping Music' and Number Theory' will explore the relationship between music and mathematics. Habeas Corpus, a performance arts group from the Iowa City area, will host a participatory workshop as an introduction to performance art.

3 p.m. -- Modern dance technique class. UNI dance faculty member Ranae Keane-Bamsey will teach.

6 p.m. -- A jazz workshop on improvisation, for middle school to high school jazz students. (Those participating should bring their own instruments.)

Free performances also begin at 11 a.m., with the UNI Suzuki School. At noon, the UNI Orchesis Dance Company will perform modern, ballet, jazz and tap dances. At 3 p.m., editors of the North American Review, America's oldest literary magazine, will read works from the magazine, as well as their own poetry and fiction.

At 4 p.m., The ABC Players, from UNI's Marshall Center One-Room School, will present an interactive performance that will bring to life the rural school days of the early 20th century. Also at 4 p.m., the UNI Interpreters Theatre will perform an excerpt from its spring production of 'Vonnegut Cubed: Harrison Bergeron.' A group discussion on the use of collaborative process in dramatization will follow.

At 5 p.m., the UNI Suzuki School will feature Fiddlesticks, a special violin performance group. Also at 5 p.m., the Northern Iowa Children's Choir, composed of students in grades four through eight, will perform a variety of styles and genres of music.

Throughout the day, UNI Dining Services will offer catering specialties for sale in the lobby, and 'Pop and Abstract Art from the UNI Permanent Collection' will be on display on the GBPAC Mezzanine level.

Though this is the first year for a daylong festival, it is the third year for the monthlong event. Arts in April grew out of UNI's 125th anniversary celebration in 2001 highlighting the many arts and cultural pursuits at UNI. In addition to the performing arts, UNI will host exhibits, lectures, films, family-centered events, observatory programs and special dining opportunities. A complete Arts in April schedule is available on the Web at

The Arts in April Festival is supported in part by the Iowa Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities; KUNI Radio; and KWWL-TV.