March IAS Features an Iowa Artist, Jazz at UI and More

Feb 29, 2016

While spring remains elusive, the March Iowa Arts Showcase supplies plenty of events to help you survive the final days of winter. This month’s Showcase features:

•                    UI’s Courtney Jones outlining the upcoming Johnson County Landmark event featuring visiting soloist Dr. Melvin Butler at the current music building and the Riverside Recital Hall in Iowa City.

•                    UNI’s Randy Hogancamp & Matthew Andreini, outlining their March 5th Iowa Days of Percussion presenting world-famous percussion groups at UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn.

•                    Iowa artist Rose Frantzen along with the State Historical Museum of Iowa’s Exhibits Manager, Andrew Harrington and State Curator, Leo Landis speaking on the launch of the Portrait of Maquoketa exhibit by artist Rose Frantzen.

•                    Guitarist Rupert Boyd elaborating on his upcoming program at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church in Des Moines as part of the Heart of Iowa Classical Guitar Society’s concert events.

The University of Iowa’s visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Courtney Jones delves into their upcoming Johnson County Landmark event featuring visiting soloist Dr. Melvin Butler, saxophonist and ethnomusicologist from the University of Chicago. Dr. Butler’s lecture will take place at UI’s current music building, and the concert will be held at the Riverside Recital Hall on April 1st.

The University of Northern Iowa’s Associate Professor of Percussion Randy Hogancamp and UNI’s Instructor of Percussion Matthew Andreini review their March 5th Iowa Days of Percussion events. The line-up features Maraca2, World Percussion Group, and the Tour Hungary Project at UNI’s Gallagher-Bluedorn. The members of Maraca2, Tim Palmer and Jason Huxtable, started World Percussion Group as a means of bringing together the world’s best young percussionists. The Tour Hungary Project is made up of members Matthew Andreini of Iowa and Gábor Palotás of Hungary. The day culminates with the wcfsymphony performing a Double Percussion Concerto with Maraca2.

Internationally acclaimed Iowa artist Rose Frantzen along with the State Historical Museum of Iowa’s Exhibits Manager, Andrew Harrington, State Curator, Leo Landis and Figge Art Museum’s Executive Director, Tim Schiffer, launch the 2016 visiting exhibit of Frantzen’s Portrait of Maquoketa: The Dimensional View. The show opens on March 11th at the State Historical Museum of Iowa. In 2005-6, Frantzen allowed any resident of Maquoketa to sit for an oil portrait that would be displayed with 179 others in the final exhibit. Rose talks about her artistic journey while Andrew and Leo discuss events happening in conjunction with this unique exhibit, and Tim discloses the Figge’s new role as exhibit caretaker.

And world-renowned guitarist, Rupert Boyd, will be presenting a solo guitar recital at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church in Des Moines on April 2nd at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Heart of Iowa Classical Guitar Society’s concert series. The New York based Australian virtuoso is acclaimed as one of the most talented guitarists of his generation. He regularly tours around the globe with fellow guitarist Jacob Cordover under the title Australian Guitar Duo. Rupert talks about his Des Moines program.