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Friday, June 27, 2008

July 1 Steel Pan concert sends a message: 'The arts are alive and well at the UI'

The University of Iowa arts campus may have been damaged by the floods, but the artists and their artistry are as strong as ever.

To affirm that point, and to bring some joy into downtown Iowa City, members of the UI PanAmerican Steel Band, directed by Professor Dan Moore from the School of Music, will perform a free lunchtime concert from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, on the Pedestrian Mall Fountain Stage.

"We are taking this opportunity to show that the arts are alive and well at the University of Iowa," Moore said. "The arts campus has taken a hit, but our students, faculty and staff are what make the university. The buildings don't define us, we define the buildings."

The program will be chosen from the repertoire of the band, which includes Calypso, Soca and Reggae music of the West Indies, as well as Afro-Cuban, American pop and other styles.

See the news release HERE.