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Taste of UIS series opens with program on fiddle and folk music

August 29, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois Alumni Association at UIS will present “Incorporating Fiddle and Folk Music into the 21st Century Classroom: Why It Matters!” the first program in this fall’s Taste of UIS: Distinguished Faculty/Alumni Lunchtime Lecture Series, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 14, at Maldaner’s Upstairs, 222 South Sixth St., Springfield. The program is open to the public; however, reservations are required and should be made no later than Thursday, September 8.

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Featured speaker will be Sharon Graf, UIS assistant professor of Ethnomusicology and winner of the 2004 Illinois State Old-Time Fiddle Championship and a participant in the National Old Time Fiddlers’ contest. Graf’s presentation will include a demonstration of the music under discussion, for which she will be joined by Demetrius Delancey on piano, Todd Cranson on tuba, and Rose Schweigert on euphonium.

Graf will also examine how fiddle music has played a vital role in American life since colonial times – for example, Lewis and Clark hired not one but two fiddlers for their expedition. Participants will learn more about folk music as a way to engage students in discussion of larger issues such as race, class, gender, and community aesthetics; and will gain a new appreciation for music in everyday life. 

Each Taste of UIS program includes a hot lunch. Cost is $20 per person, $15 for Alumni Association members and their guests. Make reservations by calling Alumni Relations at (217) 206-7395, registering on-line at www.uiaa.org/spfld/, or e-mailing alumni@uis.edu.

 

 

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