FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                Date: February 18, 2002

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

Lecture, workshop, and dance explore the fiddle in Midwest history

SPRINGFIELD -- “The Fiddle in Midwest History,” a brown bag lecture by Dr. Howard Marshall, professor emeritus of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, February 22, in the Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The lecture, as well as the demonstration/workshop and reception that will immediately follow, are free and open to the public.

Marshall will discuss the history of traditional fiddle music in the Midwest from the time of early European settlers to the present, and the historic origins (British, German, American) and social contexts of fiddle tunes and fiddle performances.  The lecture will be illustrated by brief demonstrations of fiddle tunes played by Marshall and guitarist Kenny Applebee.

Following the lecture there will be an informal demonstration/workshop and a reception, sponsored by the Sociology/Anthropology Majors Club at UIS and the Sociology/Anthropology program.

Later that evening, Marshall and Applebee will join area musicians to play for a square dance beginning at 8 p.m. in the Great Room at UIS’ Lincoln Residence Hall. The dance is free and open to the public; dancers of all skill levels are welcome.

The Visual Arts Gallery is located in room 201 of the Health and Sciences Building on the UIS campus. Sponsors of these events are the UIS Speaker Series, Sociology/Anthropology program, and SOA Majors Club.

For more information, contact Sharon Graf, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, at 206-6570.