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Sept. 10, 2004


Jazz Ensemble Kicks Off UW-RF Wyman Series

The Wyman Concerts and Lectures Series for the 2004-05 academic school year at UW-River Falls will begin on Sept. 22, with the jazz ensemble The Hornheads. The will perform at 7 p.m. in Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. The jazz group has received international acclaim from artists and critics alike since its start in 1991.

The Hornheads have performed and/or recorded with artists such as Prince and the New Power Generation, Janet Jackson, Babyface, Jimmy Jam, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, and more. The Hornheads combine virtuosic improvisation with sizzling ensemble work to create a truly unique musical experience. Its website is at www.bone2bwildmusic.com.

All performances are open to the public.Wyman events are free to UW-RF students. Non-student admission for events is $5 except where noted. For more information, call the UW-RF Leadership Center at 715/425-4911.

Upcoming events in the Wyman series include:
•Oct. 12: Speaker Thomas Patterson, The Vanishing Voter: Public Involvement in an Age of Uncertainty, 7:30 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall. Harvard Professor Thomas Patterson is the award-winning author of the Vanishing Voter, a penetrating analysis of why Americans are voting at historically low rates and why audiences for televised presidential debates have declined by half.
•Nov. 30: Cantus, 7 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall. America's newest full-time men's vocal ensemble sings with one of the freshest and most engaging sounds in choral music today, from art to folk songs, from Smokey Robinson to Richard Strauss. Admission $2 for students, $8 for non-students.
• Jan. 25: Arkady Shilkloper, 8 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall. Shilkloper plays jazz French horn, flugelhorn, alphorn and many other wind instruments.
• Feb. 1: Dream: 7:30 p.m., North Hall Auditorium. Destiny Re-defining Education through Art and Movement. A high-energy performance company that combines dance, performance poetry, storytelling and rap to create inspirational pieces that are technically powerful, soulfully expressive and profoundly meaningful.
• March 1: Laura and the Lads, 7 p.m., North Hall Auditorium. Irish Celtic music and dance from Laura McKenzie, who has been recognized as a master folk artist by the Minnesota State Arts Board for performing and recording with diverse ensembles, from Boiled in Lead to Lorie Line's Pop Chamber Orchestra.
• April 18: Speaker Jeanne Adams: Art of Ansel Adams, 7 p.m., North Hall Auditorium. As Ansel Adam's daughter-in-law, Jeanne Adams has operated the 102-year old, four-generation family business for 30 years in Yosemite National Park at Best's Studio.

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