Sept. 15: Global Music Hour series kicks off with Serafin String Quartet


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3:10 p.m., Sept. 3, 2010----That peanut butter sandwich you brought for lunch may not sound too exciting, but the melodies you'll hear at the University of Delaware's new Global Music Hour Brown Bag Lunch Series will take your day to a whole new level.

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The series, sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies (IGS) and the Department of Music, will be held the third Wednesday of every month this school year (except December), starting at noon, in the foyer of Elliott Hall. The University community is invited to attend the free performances and to bring a bag lunch to enjoy while listening.

A PDF of the series poster is available for downloading.

The schedule is as follows:

Sept. 15, Serafin String Quartet -- Hailed by the New York Concert Review for its “excellent music making ... uncommonly fine interpretation,” Serafin String Quartet debuted to a sell-out crowd at New York City's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and will make its overseas debut in London in September 2010. The quartet recently announced the release of its first commercial recording on the Centaur Records label.

Oct. 20, Harvey Price and Tom Palmer, “Jazz and Original Compositions” -- Palmer and Price are both assistant professors of music in the music department; Palmer runs all things jazz related, and Price is head of the percussion area. Besides presenting cool music, they will talk about the joys and challenges of having two keyboard players -- vibes and piano -- share a stage.

Nov. 17, Xiang Gao, “World Music” -- UD's internationally acclaimed faculty violinist will perform world music in celebration of International Education Week (IEW). The UD Ceruti violin also will be featured.

December - Series break.

Jan. 19, Ruthie Toole, “African American Spirituals” -- Mezzo-soprano Toole, IGS's very own staff assistant, accompanied by Betsy Kent on piano, will take you on a journey through the history of African American spirituals, from work songs to the Underground Railroad to the abolition of slavery.

Feb. 16, Serafin String Quartet -- The Serafin String Quartet will make a second appearance in the series.

March 16, Russell Murray and Friends, “The World of Early Music” -- Murray, associate professor of music history and literature, and his music department colleagues will look at the differences between the music of tradition-based non-Western cultures and the historical-based culture of the West.

April 20, Ray Holman, “Caribbean Steel Pans” -- Holman is a renowned international artist from Trinidad and Tobago with experiences arranging and recording with steel bands and artists in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Japan and Europe, including televised performances with the German National Orchestra. He has been a featured performer in film and television at venues such as Madison Square Garden, the Super Bowl and the St. Lucia Jazz Festival.

May 18, Study Abroad Ambassadors -- This performance, by the multicultural Study Abroad Ambassadors, a registered student organization, will be presented in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Language and Literatures and coincides with UD's Study Abroad Expo.