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April 12, 2001

Concerts Set for UW-RF Inauguration Week

By: Jolene Bracy
UW-RF News Bureau

Eight concerts have been scheduled at UW-River Falls in conjuction with Inauguration Week, April 23-28 The April 19-20 opening performance of "A Child of our Time" marks the beginning of musical events surrounding the installation of Chancellor Ann Lydecker.

"A Child of our Time" is an oratorio written during WWII by Michael Tippett, as a statement against violence during the Holocaust.

Conductor Amelita Grace Cajiuat selected the score. Cajiuat challenged social work and music students to experience the oratorio.

"Issues of violence and racism still exist today. We wondered what we could do as a university to address these issues. The students have worked together to present the concert and give the Chancellor an action plan after the oratorio," Cajiuat said.

"A Child of Our Time" will be performed by the UW-RF Concert Choir and Orchestra in the Blanche Davis Theatre with both concerts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the door and are $4 for adults and $2 for students. in the Twenties, but their use at university events disappeared over time. We are hoping to use the inauguration as a means of re-instating them."

April 22, Patti Cudd will direct the Cage Circus, New music and percussion ensembles. Performance begins at 8 p.m. in the William Abbott Concert Hall and Lobby Area, admission is free.

On April 24, Kristin Tjornehoj will conduct the symphonic wind ensemble. The featured pieces of music are "Hands Across the Sea," by John Phillip Sousa; "Fanfare for the New," by Hugo Montenegro; "Celebrations," by John Zdechlik and "Lincolnshire Posies," by Percy A. Grainger. The location for this 8 p.m. performance will be the William Abbott Concert Hall. The concert is free.

Leo Kottke, acoustic guitar soloist performs in the William Abbott Concert Hall on Wednesday April 25 at 8 p.m. as part of the Wyman concert series. Tickets are available by calling 715/425-4911.

A free Choral Concert featuring all of the UW-RF Choral Ensembles will be held on April 26 at 8 p.m. Conductors are Amelita-Grace Cajiuat and Sarah Parks. Musical selections for the Concert Choir, conducted by Cajiuat are: "Exulate Deo," by Alessandro Scarlatti, and "Witness" a spiritual arranged by Jack Halloran.

The Womenıs Chorus, will sing "Hark, I Hear the Harp's Eternal Invitation," arranged by Alice Parker/James Rodd. The University Chorus selection is "Joshua Fit the Battle," a spiritual arranged by Edwin Earle Ferguson. The Menıs Chorus will present "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," by William Steffe, arranged by Joe Liles. Sarah Parks will conduct these Chorus presentations.

In celebration of the Installation of the Chancellor Ann Lydecker, Cajiuat will be conducting on Friday, April 27, at the Spring Concert performance of the UW-RF University-Community Orchestra. The musical selections for the concert are: "Name Day Overture," by Ludwig von Beethoven; "Symphony No. 5," by Franz Schubert; "Double Cello Concerto," by Antonio Vivaldi, featuring faculty member Carol Bjorlie and student Jackie Kvass, a junior from Shoreview, Minn. "Piano Concerto No. 1, first movement," by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdi will feature David Munkittrick of River Falls. The concert will close with "Jubilee," by American composer Ron Nelson. The free concert is open to the public and will be held in Abbott Concert Hall at 8 p.m.

On April 29, there is a faculty chamber music recital performance by Lillian Tan, on piano. Tanıs performance is at Abbott Concert Hall at 8 p.m.

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