AUBURN – The Tasman String Quartet, New Zealand’s youngest full-time professional chamber ensemble, will perform at Auburn University in a free public concert on Monday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Goodwin Hall.
The performance is in conjunction with the quartet’s month-long residency, Feb. 15 through March 15, in the Department of Music in Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts. Quartet members will serve as guest faculty and also give performances and workshops in schools and communities including Huntsville, Tuskegee, Opelika, Mobile, Gorham’s Bluff at Pisgah and the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham.
AUBURN – The Auburn University Singers will present the opening performance of their 2008 annual Spring Show on Saturday, April 26, at 3:30 p.m in AU’s Telfair Peet Theater. Other performances are scheduled for Sunday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Tuesday, April 29, at 5:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Under the direction of Dale Farmer, the show choir will present an array of popular and show music including “Eye of the Tiger,” “Knock on Wood” and a medley of tunes from the 50s and current Broadway shows. Individuals and small groups will be featured in performances of contemporary styles such as country, rock ‘n’ roll and inspirational music.
AUBURN – Tim Dodge, reference librarian and history subject specialist at Auburn University’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library, will speak on the influence of gospel music on early rock ‘n’ roll on Wednesday, April 16, at 3 p.m., in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Draughon Library.
As blues great Muddy Waters once declared, “The blues had a baby and they called it rock ‘n’ roll.” While most people are aware of the blues and country roots of rock ‘n’ roll, fewer know about the crucial role played by gospel music. Using a combination of lecture and samples of recordings, Dodge will trace the multifaceted and sometimes surprising connections between the sacred and profane worlds of gospel music and early rock ‘n’roll.