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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release February 11, 2013

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

SHSI's "History for Lunch" lecture series Feb. 20

Discussion about music of William C. Wright (Frank Lloyd Wright's father)

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa’s History for Lunch lecture series continues next week with a discussion about composer William C. Wright, the father of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Music historian David Patterson will discuss William C. Wright at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at the State Historical Society of Iowa, Centennial Building, 402 Iowa Avenue in Iowa City. The presentation is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Call 319-335-3911 for more information.

Relatively little is known about William C. Wright, and even less has been known about his music. Patterson will discuss the composer’s biographical and musical personality by using historical photographs and William C. Wright’s musical compositions, which are preserved in the collections of the State Historical Society of Iowa with support from Hope Rogers of Vinton, Iowa.

In addition, Patterson will suggest some ways in which music influenced the architecture and design of Frank Lloyd Wright, who spoke of it as a “sympathetic friend” and as a “sister art” to architecture. On many occasions, Frank Lloyd Wright invoked music as an ally – and even sometimes as a guide – to his own working methods.

Patterson, of Oak Park, Ill., is a music historian currently investigating the place of music in the thought and work of Frank Lloyd Wright. He has spoken about the topic to general and academic audiences and is the producer of “The Music of William C. Wright,” the first-ever recording of the compositions.


The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is responsible for developing the state’s interest in the areas of the arts, history and other cultural matters with the advice and assistance from its two divisions: the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. DCA preserves, researches, interprets and promotes an awareness and understanding of local, state and regional history and stimulates and encourages the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts and public interest and participation in them. It implements tourism-related art and history projects as directed by the General Assembly and designs a comprehensive, statewide, long-range plan with the assistance of the Iowa Arts Council to develop the arts in Iowa. More information about DCA is available at www.culturalaffairs.org.



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