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Campus notes: LU guest recital to feature Chicago Symphony cellist

3:03 PM, May 10, 2013  |  Comments
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John Sharp, principal cello of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will perform a guest recital at 5 p.m. May 19 in Harper Hall at Lawrence University. He will be accompanied by Lawrence University faculty pianist Catherine Kautsky.

In 1986 at the age of 27, Sharp was among the youngest players ever named a principal chair for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He joined the CSO after three years as principal cello with the Cincinnati Symphony. Prior to the CSO, Sharp also performed as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the New York String Orchestra. Sharp performs on a cello made in 1694 by Joseph Guarnerius.

Following his recital, Sharp will conduct a master class at 7:30 p.m. in Shattuck Hall 163. Both events are free and open to the public.

Program to focus on suicide prevention

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, Lawrence University will stage a powerful representation of the number of people who die from suicide every day in the United States - 180 empty chairs.

The "Don't Sit in Silence" event will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday on the plaza outside of the Warch Campus Center. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held in the campus center gallery area.

Some chairs will hold postcards with anonymous messages expressing both struggle and hope written by Lawrence students, faculty or staff. Other chairs will have self-expression masks that have been created by students as part of an ongoing initiative designed to portray what we show and what we hide from others.

Stories submitted by students revealing how they have been impacted by someone's suicide also will be displayed.

In conjunction with the event, a 30-minute documentary film created by senior Sam Schilsky detailing Lawrence's efforts on behalf of suicide prevention and awareness will be shown at 12:30 p.m. in the Warch Campus Center cinema.

Lawrence student research featured in symposium

Exceptional student research in the humanities and social sciences will be showcased Saturday during Lawrence University's 16th annual Richard A. Harrison Symposium.

Twenty-nine presentations on topics ranging from classical music in video games to the disenchantment of youth in Colombian cinema to a power analysis of Somali piracy in the modern world will be delivered beginning at 1:30 p.m. in various rooms throughout Main Hall.

The presentations are arranged into panels by topic or field and are moderated by a Lawrence faculty member.

Each presentation lasts approximately 20 minutes and is followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer session.

The symposium honors former Lawrence Dean of the Faculty Richard A. Harrison, who organized the first program in 1996. Harrison died unexpectedly the following year and the symposium was renamed after him to recognize his vision of highlighting excellent student scholarship.

'Opera Scenes' to be performed at LU

Arias from 10 different operas will be performed by Lawrence University students at 8 p.m. Thursday in Stansbury Theatre for the college's annual Opera Scenes concert.

Among the performances will be works from 20th-century British composer Benjamin Britten's "Peter Grimes," Mozart's "Don Giovanni," Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" and Bizet's "Carmen." The performance is free and open to the public.

Lawrence to host printmaking workshop May 14-16

South Carolina artist D. L. Simmons will demonstrate his skills as a printmaker during a series of daylong demonstrations Tuesday through Thursday at Lawrence University.

Simmons will execute a unique edition of silk screen and digital prints from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in Room 105 of the Wriston Art Center. The demonstrations are free and open to the public.

Simmons uses personal experiences as a lens to explore cultural context and develop visual concepts as metaphor.

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