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Clarke Announces Arts at Clarke Line-Up

posted on September 5, 2006

Clarke College is pleased to announce the line-up for this year’s Arts at Clarke Series. In addition to a variety of events and exhibits by Clarke’s art, music and drama departments, the Arts at Clarke Gold and Silver Series will feature a variety of nationally and internationally known performers.

Two gold series events, one in the fall and another in the spring, will bring the world’s most well-known choir and the world’s most well known a cappella group to campus.

On Tuesday, Nov. 21, the Vienna Boys Choir will perform in Terence Donaghoe Hall on the Clarke College campus. One of the most well-known choirs in the world, the Vienna Boys Choir consists of about 100 choristers between the ages of 10 and 14, divided into four touring choirs. The choirs give about 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people. Each group spends nine to 11 weeks of the school year on tour. They visit virtually all European countries, and they are frequent guests in Asia, Australia and the Americas.

On Monday, March 12, Rockapella will perform in Terence Donaghoe Hall on the Clarke campus. Rockapella’s popularity began skyrocketing during its five seasons on the award-winning PBS program “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” Since then, in addition to a constant touring schedule, Rockapella has been frequently featured on numerous national commercials and talk shows.

In addition to the Gold Series, three Silver Series events will round out the season.

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, Clarke will host International Night: Eastern Europe. The ensembles of the Clarke music department will join with the Ethnic Dance Theatre to present an evening of Eastern Europe. Ethnic Dance Theatre was founded in 1974 as a small ensemble of dancers and singers presenting Balkan traditions. In the last 30 years, the ensemble has grown into a large company of dancers, singers and live musicians. European cuisine will be featured during intermission.

Quickly becoming a Clarke College holiday tradition, the musicians of Clarke College portray the Christmas story through an exciting mix of narration and musical performances in “For a Blessed Christmas” on Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10. This year’s concert will feature guest soloist Clarke Associate Professor of Music John Lease. Lease has performed across the globe, including performances in Europe, Japan and the famed Carnegie Hall.

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Clarke will host singer/songwriter Susan Werner in Concert. Werner’s mix of folk and jazz is one reason the breakthrough singer-songwriter has toured across the country with countless luminaries including Joan Armatrading and Richard Thompson. She has four nationally released albums and has appeared on the “Peter, Paul & Mary Lifelines” special seen nationally on PBS. Don’t miss this night of wonderful live music.

More information on any of these events can be found on-line at www.clarke.edu/artsatclarke or by calling (563)584-8642.

Media requesting more information should contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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