Wyman Series

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

September 12, 1997

UW-RF Wyman Series Kicks Off Year With UFO Lecture
by Ellie Walradth
UW-RF News Bureau

The first in a series of concerts and lectures presented throughout the year by UW-River Falls will be a lecture by a UFO researcher.

Robert Hastings will present, "UFOs: The Hidden History" Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the North Hall auditorium as the first event of the Wyman Concert & Lecture Series. As with all Wyman performances, unless otherwise noted, the program is free for students and $5 for community members.

Other Wyman performances set for the current academic year are:

  • The Sabella Consort, Oct. 11, Abbott Concert Hall, 8 p.m. Rusty Sabella, leader of the group, has toured to critical acclaim throughout the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand , and Australia. In addition to numerous television specials and recordings, he has been featured on several nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, including Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion." He is best known for his improvisational jazz guitar, mandolin, and mandocello.

  • The Nutcracker Ballet, Dec. 6, North Hall Auditorium. Performances at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The highly acclaimed Minnesota Ballet returns to tell the story of Clara and her visit to a dreamland of delightful dancing treats. Tickets go on sale Nov. 3 at the Hagestad Student Center Information Desk. Children under 12 and UW-RF students are $8. Non-students are $12.50. Seating is limited.

  • "Knowing no Boundaries" an Exhibit Opening of Harold Henson, Feb. 4, 7 p.m., Harriet Barry Gallery, Chalmer Davee Library Local artisan, Harold Henson will display works that he has created to develop dialogues with others about the issues that face us all. Henson's work talks about choices that we have in life as well as exploring differences. A discussion and reception will open the display that will remain in the gallery for two weeks.

  • "World Color: Music and Art for World Peace," March 31, 7 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall. World Color is an international group of musicians and storytellers from West Africa, Japan, Ireland, South Africa, Mexico, and the United States including Tribal America. "Music and Art for World Peace" is their multi-media, multi-cultural production based upon Native American prophecies of peace through racial harmony.

  • The Prague Wind Quintet, April 2, 8 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall. Returning to River Falls for their second visit, these musicians have toured throughout Europe and the America. The Quintet has received critical acclaim for its instrumental mastery and unique feeling for style. The 1998 tour celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Prague Wind Quintet.

  • Charlie Byrd and Anthony Hauser, April 7, 8 p.m., Abbott Concert Hall. Byrd is one of the truly great guitarists in the world today. Recognized first as a jazz musician in New York in the 1940's, Byrd won a scholarship with famed guitarist Andres Segovia and from this influence created his distinctive style-a combination of jazz, classical and Latin Rhythms that has thrilled audiences everywhere. Guitarist Tony Hauser defies labels. Strongly rooted in the classical tradition, his excursions into the musical realms of flamenco, ethnic, jazz, contemporary and Latin styles, establish him as an individualist.

  • UFO enthusiast Hastings will present a 90-minute slide show illustrating that the U.S. government has covered up the existence of UFOs. Hastings will attempt to prove his theory by citing evidence in recently declassified government documents. Audience members will be invited to view the 600 pages Hastings has obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

    "He's going to make you think," says Kaye Schendel, assistant director of campus organizations and programs. "We've had him here two times before, and he's packed the house both times."

    Among the evidence he will present, Hastings claims to have a copy of an official government memorandum written in 1950 that reports, "flying saucers crashed in New Mexico and were secretly recovered by the U.S. Air Force. Aboard the craft were found bodies of human shape but only three feet tall."

    An interest in UFOs was confirmed for Hastings in 1967 when he claims to have witnessed five UFOs being tracked on radar for several minutes at an air traffic control tower at the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Mont. For more information, call 715/425-4911.

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