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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
News Bureau • Schofield Hall 201Eau Claire, WI 54702
phone: (715) 836-4741
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UW-Eau Claire Summer Session Concert
To Feature Billy McLaughlin
MAILED: July 9, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — Acoustic guitar wizard Billy McLaughlin will present a free outdoor concert Monday, July 23, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
         The Summer Session Programs show will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall (rain: Schofield Auditorium). Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating.
         “The way he plays, you may swear Billy McLaughlin is two of the greatest acoustic guitarists you’ve ever heard,” wrote the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
         “Besides being a brilliant fingerpicker,” wrote Acoustic Guitar World magazine, “Billy McLaughlin stretches the sonic possibilities of the acoustic guitar by employing unorthodox techniques that bring inventive harmonic and rhythmic nuances to his New Age music.”
         Technically trained in the University of Southern California’s guitar program, McLaughlin comes from a jazz-pop background and cut his teeth on electric guitar. In April, Narada released his latest recording, “Acoustic Original: The Best of Billy McLaughlin.”
         Also on campus during the week of July 23 are these free Summer Session Programs:
  • “A Little Princess,” a 1995 adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic story of perseverance and faith, will screen Tuesday and Thursday at noon and 7 p.m. in Davies Theatre. Sara Crewe (Leisel Matthews) shares a life of wonder in exotic India with her devoted father. As World War I begins and her father is drawn into active military service, the imaginative girl is enrolled at a private boarding school run by a cruel headmistress (Eleanor Bron). When word comes that Sara’s father has been killed and his estate has been seized by the government, the girl is relegated to a life of servitude at the school. Critic Roger Ebert called it a “magical family film [with] a sense of wonder, and a message: The world is a vast and challenging place, through which a child can find its way with pluck and intelligence.” Alfonso Cuaron’s 97-minute film is rated G.
  • UW-Eau Claire and area musicians will present a jazz concert from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday on the Central Campus Mall (rain: The Cabin of Davies Center). A variety of grilled lunch items will be sold.

         Funded by UW-Eau Claire student segregated fees, Summer Session Programs continue through Aug. 2. More information is available from the Activities and Programs Office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833.

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Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 201
(715) 836-4741

Updated: July 9, 2001