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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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Artists Series, The Forum
1999-2000 Season Announced
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MAILED: July 26, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has announced its schedule of lectures and performances to be presented by the Artists Series and The Forum during their 1999-2000 season. All programs begin at 7:30 p.m.
The nine-event Artists Series season will begin Wednesday, Sept. 8, with a Zorn Arena performance by the Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loesling Monastery. Featured on the soundtrack of the 1998 film "Seven Years in Tibet," the multiphonic singers are dedicated to sharing Tibet's ancient sacred music and dance with Western audiences. As well as performing in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the monks have shared the stage with Kitaro, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith and Natalie Merchant, among others.
Details on the other eight Artists Series season events follow:
Shubha Mudgal, vocalist; Wednesday, Sept. 22, Gantner Concert Hall. One of the most popular concert artists among the younger generation of Hindustani musicians, Shubha Mudgal is one of the most adventurous vocalists of India. She absorbs from other cultures and art forms to evolve an art that is more universal — something that generates criticism from traditionalists, but sets young people throughout her country dancing.
Aviram Reichert, pianist; Wednesday, Oct. 6, Gantner Concert Hall. When this Israeli pianist won the bronze medal at the Tenth International Van Cliburn Piano Competition in 1997, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram called his performance "a miracle of voicing, expression and intellect. His perfect command of detail approaches the level of genius; no fine point escapes his notice, even as note by note he builds the total magnificent structure."
The American Players Theatre, "Much Ado About Nothing"; Tuesday, Oct. 19, The State: Regional Arts Center. The wit is world class in William Shakespeare's comic masterpiece — crackling with bravado and bracing good humor, proving that romance triumphs against the odds. Based in Spring Green, Wis., this classical theatre company returns to the Artists Series stage with a tale filled with laughter, romance, drama and deceit.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Thursday, Dec. 9, Zorn Arena. One of the finest chamber orchestras in the world will be conducted by its creative chair, Grammy Award-winner Bobby McFerrin ("Don't Worry, Be Happy"). McFerrin is widely recognized for his solo appearances and recordings, as well as his many collaborations with leading jazz and classical artists. This Artists Series event is a Heartland Arts Fund Program, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board.
Pilobolus Dance Theatre; Tuesday, March 14, The State: Regional Arts Center. "As zany as the Marx Brothers, as clever as Houdini" (Newsweek), Pilobolus emerged from a college dance class and quickly became a major American modern dance company of international influence. "Dancing is but one part of their multi-faceted talent," wrote The Montreal Star. "They are also acrobats capable of elevating their physical prowess into a breathtaking art, as well as theatre and mime artists. These abilities they combine in an evening's entertainment, flecked with wit, which literally explodes with imagination and originality, presented with a stunning sense of visual aesthetics."
The Chester String Quartet; Wednesday, March 29, Gantner Concert Hall. "The best and brightest of the country's young string quartets" (The Boston Globe) has won rave reviews from audiences and critics alike for its engaging style and deep sense of musical commitment. Flutist Tim Lane, UW-Eau Claire associate professor of music, will join the quartet in an evening of Mozart, Ives, Arthur Foote and Robert Schumann.
Corey Cerovsek, violinist; Tuesday, April 11, Gantner Concert Hall. At the age of 27, with over a dozen years of performing on the world's classical music stages to his credit — not to mention a spot on "The Tonight Show" when he was only 14 — this violinist "embodies a welcome interpretive approach that puts sincerity and sweetness above ego-driven bravura" (The Los Angeles Times). A wunderkind, he graduated at 12 from the University of Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, received bachelor's degrees in mathematics and music at 15, received master's degrees in both disciplines at 16, and completed his doctoral course work in mathematics and music at 18.
The Rose Ensemble, "Harmony of the Spheres: Music for the Millennium"; Thursday, April 27, Christ Church Cathedral. Offering a unique experience — the live performance of music that comes to us across many centuries — this ensemble is dedicated to the historically informed performance of music from before 1750. Lauded for its innovative programming and fresh approach to early music performance, the group has often been featured on Minnesota Public Radio.
The 58th season of The Forum will open on Wednesday, Nov. 17, with a lecture by Sherman Alexie. Writer, filmmaker, stand-up comedian, and strong voice of the Native American community, Alexie has much to say about alienation, identity, and the dark heart of racial hatred. Born in 1966 on the Spokane Indian Reservation, he has been described as "one of the major lyric voices of our time" (The New York Times Book Review).
Alexie wrote and produced the award-winning 1998 film "Smoke Signals" — the first feature film to be produced, written and directed by Native Americans — and has now written and directed "Indian Killer," a film based on his 1996 novel. His presentation in Schofield Auditorium, titled "Killing Indians: Myths, Lies and Exaggerations," will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception.
Descriptions of the other five Forum presentations follow:
Andrew Sullivan, "The Politics of Homosexuality"; Thursday, Feb. 3, Schofield Auditorium. This former editor-in-chief of The New Republic confronts some of society's most controversial issues — most notably gay rights and same-sex marriage. A practicing Catholic, Sullivan also challenges the Church's position on gay life. His landmark book, "Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality," is considered the definitive book on the subject of gay rights. In 1997 he edited a companion volume, "Same-Sex Marriage: Pro and Con, A Reader."
Ron Suskind, "From the Inner City to the Ivy League"; Thursday, Feb. 17, Schofield Auditorium. Suskind received the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for his Wall Street Journal articles about Cedric Jennings, a young man making the transition from inner-city high school achiever to culture-shocked survivor at an Ivy League university. Suskind traced the journey in detail in his inspiring first book, "A Hope in the Unseen" (1998). The story speaks volumes about current issues of race and class, inequities in public education, the problem with standardized testing — and about the hidden toll exacted on students given a leg up by affirmative action programs who are then left to make it on their own.
Clifford Stoll, "Second Thoughts on the Information Highway"; Wednesday, March 1, Schofield Auditorium. Computer security expert Clifford Stoll has watched the Internet grow from an improbable research project into a communications juggernaut. He knows computers; he loves his networked community; and yet, Stoll asks, when do computers really educate, and when are they simply diversions from learning? Why do libraries spend so much on multimedia gizmos rather than books and librarians? What makes computers so universally frustrating? Seeming to bite the hand that feeds him, Stoll intelligently questions where the Internet is leading us.
Anne Simon, "Microbes, Meteorites and Mutants: The Real Science Behind 'The X-Files'"; Monday, May 1, Schofield Auditorium. Besides being a world-class authority on plant viruses, Simon is also the scientific consultant for the popular television series "The X-Files." She reviews scripts by fax at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she is professor and associate head of the department of biochemistry and molecular biology. She will discuss women in science, the future of genetics and cloning, and the blending of science and pop culture.
Dave Pelzer, "The Real Heroes"; Wednesday, May 10, Schofield Auditorium. The best-selling author of "A Child Called 'It'" (1995) and "The Lost Boy" (1997) — the first two installments of an autobiographical trilogy — Pelzer is the survivor of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. His emotional presentation comes from the perspective of a man whose life was literally saved by a system that many ridicule as being useless and incompetent. Pelzer pays homage to educators, social services, foster care, law enforcement and volunteers — those who make a difference in the lives of children.
A range of subscription packages is available, offering discounts of 10 to 20 percent. In addition to subscribing by mail, patrons may buy Artists Series and Forum season packages in person at the University Service Center (in Davies Center's west lobby) beginning Monday, Aug. 9. Tickets for individual events will go on sale Monday, Aug. 30. For ticket information, call the Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The Artists Series and The Forum are made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate. The programs are administered by the Activities and Programs Office.

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Janice B. Wisner
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Updated: July 26, 1999