Pastiche Ushers in Family Weekend Events

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October 1, 1999

Collegeville, Minn. - "Find the music within you," urges the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University music department. Doing just that, the department boasts its group of renowned performing faculty members, who appear twice a year under the name of "Pastiche." Students, parents and the general public will enjoy witnessing their talent as they offer selections "from the lighter side," on Friday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater on the SJU campus. The repertoire performed by these faculty artists is extraordinary. Musical selections range from classical to jazz to an original Klezmer arrangement by Bruce Thornton. The Fine Arts Series programmers are proud to include them on their season along with world famous musicians.

One of the selections performed during the evening will be a premiere of "Nine Songs of Poems of Isaac Rosenberg," written by the Rev. Bryan Beaumont Hays, a member of Saint John's Abbey. Patricia Kent and Ed Turley, professors of music at CSB/SJU will perform the premiere. Alberto Ginastera, Brian Campbell, Ludwig van Beethoven and George and Ira Gershwin have written other selections that will be performed during the concert. Brian Campbell is an assistant professor of music at CSB/SJU, where he teaches music theory, musicianship skills and composition.

The mission of the CSB/SJU music department is "to provide distinguished instruction and outstanding opportunities for performance, research and teacher training for music majors and non-music majors." Pastiche performances are an excellent opportunity for students to discover the authenticity of their faculty-artists who truly "practice what they preach." What a wonderful way to begin Family Weekend at CSB/SJU. Please join the community of performing and listening artists in the lobby following the concert to meet, to greet and to discuss the music.

Tickets are $6 for adults, seniors and off-campus students, $3 for CSB/SJU ID, and $2 for children 12 and under. For ticket information, contact the box office at (320) 363-5777 or (320) 363-3577.

Saint John's University for men and the College of Saint Benedict for women are partners in liberal arts education, providing students the opportunity to benefit from the distinctions of not one, but two nationally recognized Catholic, residential, undergraduate institutions. Together CSB and SJU challenge students to live balanced lives of learning, work, leadership and service in a changing world.