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Madeleine Baran, Investigative Reporter
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
3 p.m.
KUC Theater
Free and Open to the Public
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Lori Kissinger’s ORCO 3250 class will once again coordinate the Young Soloist Statewide music competition. The event will be Friday, Feb. 2 from 7-8:30pm in the Wright Music Building, Hinton Music Hall, and it is free and open to the public.  A flyer for the event is attached.  Any assistance you can give in promotion will be greatly appreciated.
Some interesting notes for this year:
1) In 2017, Tennessee had its first International Young Soloist winner.  He won at our State competition here at MTSU in 2016 and will be performing as a guest performer at the event.
2) One of our hosts is a past International Young Soloist winner who is poised right now for a record contract. We are hoping that this deal will be made and can be announced at our event.
3) The other host for the evening is a TN State Representative (Terri Lynn Weaver).  The Rep is going to perform an original song.
4) We had a speech student in the fall of 2016 that got involved with Borderless Arts and has been very active in the organization using her musical talents.  She is a music industry major and does not have a disability.  However, due to her connections to the program, she will open the evening with one of her original songs.
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 Lori Kissinger
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 MURFREESBORO – Jazz guitarist, Peter Bernstein, will headline the upcoming third concert in the four-concert series known as the MTSU Jazz Artist Series. Bernstein will perform alongside MTSU jazz faculty members at 7:30 pm, Feb. 1, in Hinton Music Hall of the Wright Music Building on the MTSU campus.
 “We’re thrilled to have such a multi-talented artist to perform for this special concert”, said Jamey Simmons, Director of Jazz Studies at MTSU.
“Not only will the concert showcase Bernstein’s playing and compositional abilities but he will also share with us (during his visit) his gifts as a renowned educator,” said Simmons.
Simmons said this referring to a free 11:30 am jazz clinic on Feb. 1 in Saunders Fine Arts room 101 on the MTSU campus.
            Recognized as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Bernstein has been a part of the jazz scene internationally since 1989.  As a veteran side musician, he has participated in 80 recording projects.
Bernstein has released nine albums as a bandleader, and a DVD, Live at Smoke.  In 1990 saxophone legend, Lou Donaldson, took him on as a regular member of his working group throughout the decade.
“Some people just have it,” Donaldson said. “Most of the time you have to teach people what to do, but Peter knows it all.”  
Tickets for the Feb. 1 concert are $10 for the public and free for MTSU students, faculty and staff.  Discounts for area band students and educators are also available.
To reserve advanced tickets call (615) 898-2724 or email Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
The fourth and final concert in the MTSU Jazz Artist Series on March 1 will feature jazz drummer Matt Wilson and guitarist Gary Wittner, Jazz Ensemble I and the MTSU Faculty Jazztet.
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For more information about the MTSU Jazz Artist Series, please visit:
More further information about Bernstein, including photos and complete bio, visit:
2018 Shen Yun  Jan 19–21, 2018

The authentic Chinese culture Shen-Yun presents can’t be seen in another show or even in China. There, the Communist Party sees traditional culture as a threat to its power and for decades has tried to destory it. It nearly succeeded.

But in 2006, as a group of elite Chinese artists came together in New York with a mission- to revive traditional culture and share it with the world. They created Shen Yun and brought this majestic culture back from the brink of extinction.

To make this journey possible, we have pushed the boundaries of performing arts. We combine ancient legends with technological innovations, and historically authentic costumes with breathtaking animated backdrops. We let classical Chinese dance do storytelling, and share with you beautifully diverse ethnic and folk traditions. Filled with enchanting orchestra sound, this is a mesmerizing experience you won’t find anywhere else.


MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble (Fall Concert) 12/04/17

Starting from the Fall semester 2016, The Center for Chinese Music and Culture will offer MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble, a Special Topic course, to all MTSU students. The course will include learning and performing Chinese musical instruments. The Instructors are professors and graduate student from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing and the instruments are provided. Local community members are welcome to join the Ensemble!

MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble (Fall Concert)

Fall Dance Concert @ MTSU (Nov 30-Dec 2)-2017
About the Guest Artist

Alia Kache received her early dance training at Center for Creative Arts and Chattanooga Ballet. A graduate of the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program in 2004, she subsequently joined Ailey II and also performed with Nathan Trice/RITUALS, Creative Outlet, Genesis Dance Company, CeDeCe (Alcobaça, Portugal), and Opera Company Philadelphia.

Alia has appeared in Laurie Simon’s Music of Regret – Act III, Radio City Christmas Spectacular 75th Anniversary DVD, and Cordoniu Navidad 2007 (Barcelona, Spain). She was a featured dancer in Big League Theatricals’ Aida, and performed with Disney’s The Lion King (Gazelle Tour). Co-founder of Renegade Performance Group, Alia has choreographed for contestants of the Miss Tennessee and Miss Georgia pageants (Miss America Organization), Broadway Cares, The Helping Hands Campaign, Cistermúsica (Alcobaça, Portugal), Associação de Dança de Leiria (Leiria, Portugal), and students of The Ailey School. Her work has also been seen at The Tank, Check Us Out Festival, Equilibrium Choreographers Showcase, DUMBO White Wave Festival, Dance Gallery Festival, Harlem Arts Festival, Bryant Park Presents Modern Dance, and FringeNYC. She was most recently rehearsal director for Ailey II, under the artistic direction of Troy Powell where she assisted in choreographing “Against Their Will” for MTVu, and an industrial for Mercedes at the New York International Auto Show.

Fall Dance Concert

Eva Mozes Kor’s Unbelievable Story of Survival 11/14/17

Eva Kor and her twin sister Miriam were subjected to human experimentation under Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. Both of their parents and two older sisters were killed at the camp; only Eva and Miriam survived. In 1984, Kor founded the organization CANDLES
(an acronym for “Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors”), through which she located 122 other living Mengele twins, as the experiment survivors came to be known. Kor has emerged from a trauma-filled childhood as a brilliant example of the human spirit’s power to overcome. She is a community leader, champion of human rights, and tireless educator.


Charles Hughes Country Soul 10/30/17

Charles L. Hughes’ first book, Country Soul: Making Music and Making Race in the American South, was named one of the best books of the year by the Rolling Stone  and No Depression. Hughes is a director of the Memphis Center at Rhodes Colleges, where he designs courses and programs on the history and culture of the mid-South.

MTSU, BRAGG Building (Room 140)

country soul

MTSU Fall Festival 10/27/17

A pre-Halloween Fall Festival geared towards the MTSU community, including a haunted house, concert, and student organization-run activities.

MTSU, SU, Ballroom (250)

Fall Festivalis here!

Family and Friends Night 10/25/17

This is a collaborative activity with American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Nutrition and Food Science, and MTSU – La Comunidad. All three groups will celebrate Hispanic culture with food, dance, and music.
Wednesday, October 25 at 6 PM – 8 PM
MTSU EHS Bldg Room 107/109


Este es un grupo colaborativo de AAFCS, NFS 3100 y MTSU -La Comunidad. Estos tres grupos celebraran la cultura con comida, baile y musica.

Uncovering A “Half-Breed’ History of North America” 10/24/17

Dr. Anne Hyde, Pulitzer Prize-Nominated and Bancroft Award-Winning Historian of the American West will present “George’s Letters and Louise’s Land: 6:00PM in BAS S102 (State Farm Room). Free and open to the public.  Book signing to follow the lecture. Please join us for a 5:00 pm reception in the Suntrust Room, BAS S326.blog3

 Shelby Bottom visits MTSU 10/4/17

Nashville folk artists Michael August and Nell Levin, who perform as the Shelby Bottom Duo, shared music and stories about the Swedish-born labor organizer at the event, which was presented by MTSU’s Center for Popular Music and the Tennessee Arts Commission.untitled

You can hear the Shelby Bottom Duo singing “I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night.”

MTSU hosts Hispanic Cultural Night 9/28/17

MTSU’s Hispanic Cultural Night, part of Connection Point, was a huge fiesta! The True Blue community celebrated Hispanic culture, enjoying traditional Hispanic foods, music from the MTSU Salsa Band and dancing to the beat of a variety of different ethnic acts.




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