March 6, 1998

WorldColor to Perform at UW-RF

The Wyman Series presents "WorldColor: Music and Art for World Peace," on March 31, in the Abbott Concert Hall at 7 p.m.

WorldColor is an international group of storytellers and musicians from West Africa, Mexico, South Africa, Japan and the United States, including tribal America. The group uses traditional world music and original, contemporary worldbeat songs to connect cultures and to speak of the racial, social and environmental concerns of the world.

Artistic director Pamela Whitman spent three months in South Africa in 1985, where she was inspired to create WorldColor in an effort to help heal the wounds of prejudice between people. The foundation of music and art for World Peace is based on Native American prophecies that Whitman learned of when she was a principal flutist for the South Dakota Symphony. The prophecies assert that world peace depends upon the unifying of the four human races: Black, Red, Yellow and White.

Whitman leads the group on her unique collection of flutes from around the globe. She recently released her debut solo CD, "Solo Fight," and has made international appearances at the Holland Festival in Amsterdam, the International Juni Festwochen in Zurich and Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy.

Songstress and actress Michelle Tuthill has a versatile voice and has performed opera, big band, doo-wop, gospel, blues and R&B, while guitarist Michael Stark offers proficiency in multiple styles of music, including jazz, classical, blues, rock, country and accoustic.

Drummer Kevin Murillo brings a wealth of musical knowledge and experience and a unique flavor to the group. Percussionist/dancer/vocalist Emile Hassan Dyer adds multi-cultural perspective to the arts and an array of colors to the vocals of the group through his traditional African chants and scat singing and toning.

Toshiaki "Someychan" Someya plays various forms of Japanese traditional and contemporary music.

The performance is free to UW-River Falls students and $5 to the public. For more information, call 715/425-4911.

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