AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University College of Business will host Phil Ehart, co-founder of the rock band Kansas, as a guest speaker Wednesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in 125A Lowder Hall. The event is open to the public.
“The Business of Music Speakers Series is part of the College of Business’ Diversity Initiatives,” said College of Business Diversity Officer Sarah Stanwick. “The music industry represents a very diverse industry – from the talent who produces and performs the music, to the people who listen to the different genres of music.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University will celebrate the opening of its new center for Korean culture and language education with music, dance and Taekwondo performances on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. in the Foy Hall auditorium. The ceremony and a reception to follow in Foy Hall lobby are both open to the public.
The new Auburn University-Keimyung University Korea Center will offer non-credit classes in Korean language and culture beginning later this fall. Taught by a visiting instructor from Keimyung University, a private university located in Daegu, South Korea, the classes will offer the Auburn community a way to understand and connect with the area’s growing Korean and Korean-American population.
“Korean language has an important place in our community due to the growing presence of Korean-based industries in Alabama,” said Andrew Gillespie, assistant vice president of Auburn’s Office of International Programs. “Your neighbors, your children’s school friends and your coworkers may be fluent in Korean, and learning those language skills can provide a definite edge in the job market in this state and globally.”
AUBURN – “Beethoven & Me,” a music education project designed for elementary students in Notasulga, has introduced music instruction to the students and has earned an award for its creator.
Jane Kuehne, an assistant professor in Auburn University’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching in the College of Education, recently received the 2010 Robby D. Gunstream Education in Music Award for her efforts to build the instrumental and compositional skills of elementary school students in Notasulga.
AUBURN – Tiger Strings, a community youth orchestra sponsored by Auburn University’s Music Education program, will perform a free public concert Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. in the Goodwin Music Building Choir Room.
The orchestra will play folk, baroque and Celtic pieces, as well as a selection or two from “The Nutcracker.”
The Tiger Strings program, now in its first year, features youth in grades three to 12 and has 22 violinists, five cellists, two bassists and one violist. Tiger Strings director Kathy King, a graduate teaching assistant in the College of Education’s department of curriculum and teaching, said the goal of the orchestra is to build interest in string instruments, foster a supportive environment for aspiring string instrumentalists and supplement any private lesson experience the students may receive.
AUBURN – After more than 15 years of researching African-American spirituals, Auburn University music professor and professional singer Rosephanye Powell has released a CD titled “Motherless Child.”
Powell, a professor in Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts, said African-American spirituals, songs that enabled slaves to develop a sense of community, are considered by many anthropologists to be the first true American folksong. However, Powell’s collection has been updated with a more contemporary sound. She has taken traditional spirituals and given them a mix of R&B, urban, gospel and jazz feel.
AUBURN – Students from the Auburn University choirs will perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m.
A group of 23 Auburn students will participate in the performance. Together they represent each of Auburn’s six choral ensembles: Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, Gospel Choir, Vocal Chamber Ensemble and the AU Singers. William Powell, director of choral activities at Auburn, will direct them for part of the performance.