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Prairie Gate Previews

The fourth of a series of five free public programs, dubbed Prairie Gate Previews, will be held in the Morris Public Library on Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m. when Jayne Blodgett, campus librarian, introduces memoirist and poet Mary Rose O'Reilley. Each of the previews will introduce the public to one of the five writers featured at this year's first annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival to be held on March 25 and 26, on the campus and will feature readings by the five previewed writers as well as workshops in writing drama, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Books by the authors will be available for checkout at the Morris Public Library and for purchase at the campus bookstore, John's Total Entertainment, and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. See http://www.morris.umn.edu/prairiegate/ for more information.

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Performing Arts Series: National Players

America's longest running touring company will bring their innovative and accessible production of A Midsummer Night's Dream to Edson Auditorium on Saturday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. See how wonderful and silly the vagaries of love can be. With a fresh twist on the setting, relevant to today's technology-saturated world, the woods glow in the dark and the fairies dance to electronica. Welcome to the magical and mystical confusion of one of Shakespeare's most revered comedies turned electric farce.

Tickets may be ordered by mail or in person at the UMM Student Activities Office. Credit card orders may also be placed by phone. Unpaid reservations are not accepted. Tickets are not refundable. For more information please contact the HYPERLINK "http://www.morris.umn.edu/services/stac/" UMM Office of Student Activities at (320) 589-6080.

Performing Arts Extra

On Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m., the National Players will conduct a Stage Combat Workshop in the HFA Theatre/Dance Rehearsal Room 125. Free and open to the public.

Symphonic Winds Concert

Symphonic Winds holds its second concert of the spring semester on Sunday, March 6, at 3 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall. The program includes the world premiere of UMM jazz ensembles director Joseph Carucci's Scaphoid Void. Scored for wind ensemble and a small jazz combo, the piece has a jazzy feel but wide appeal. Carucci will be performing on saxophone. The ensemble will also perform its first minimalist piece, a work by John Adams, called Grand Pianola Music, featuring two soloists on separate pianos, professor Ann DuHamel and guest artist Jeanine Barrett, as well as three amplified female voices, contributed by Samantha Chevalier, Mary Keller, and Mary Preus. Student Alexandra Weber will conduct Variations on a Shaker Melody from Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring. Adding some international variety to the repertoire, German composer Rolf Rudin's beautiful piece The Dream of Oenghus will also be performed. Tickets will be sold at the door, and reserved tickets are available for purchase in advance at the information desk in the UMM Student Center. Ticket are available. For more information, please contact the Division of the Humanities Office at 320-589-6250.

Gallery Exhibit Closing Reception

Unbridled Vision and New Paintings featuring the work of Ken and Kathleen Kollodge, both University of Minnesota, Morris alumni, is on exhibit in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Gallery until March 11. A closing reception will be held on Tuesday, March 8, from 7 until 9 p.m. in the gallery. For more information, contact HYPERLINK "mailto:meble@morris.umn.edu" Michael Eble, HFA curator, at 320-589-6285. HFA Gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday 1 until 5 p.m., Saturday.

Mixed Student Recital

Various music students perform on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall. No admission charge.

Conductor's Gala Concert

Martin Seggelke, UMM assistant professor of music, music discipline coordinator, and Symphonic Winds conductor, along with student conductors Jimmy Le, Dana Murray, and Kayla Ryan, present a concert by the Symphonic Winds and the 2011 Advanced Instrumental Conducting Class featuring music by de Haan, Tull, and others on Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall. Free admission.

Prairie Yard and Garden

PY&G will be on hiatus until March 31. On Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. Larry Zilliox returns to historic River Glen Gardens for an educational tour by Ron Weinhold to discuss plants in the fall landscape.

Spring Break

March 14 through 18.

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