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Groovelily, Gospel Explosion Lead Spring Cultural Affairs Shows

CONTACT: Judith White (518) 629-8063 or Siobhan Quinn (518) 629-7170

FOR RELEASE: Immediate: January 24, 2002

A free evening concert by a pop-folk crossover band and an afternoon event showcasing the powerful musical sound of men's gospel choirs will begin the spring semester's Cultural Affairs program at Hudson Valley Community College.

The series of concerts, movies, lectures, dance and theater events continues through mid-May, breaking in time for final exams at the college. The events are listed in a new full-color brochure, available by calling the Cultural Affairs box office at 629-4TIX.

\"ImageLed by electric violinist Valerie Vigoda, the band Groovelily will perform a free concert from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, in the college's Siek Campus Center.

Groovelily is known for smart lyrics and stimulating music, and has been described as "a bright star on the musical horizon and a welcome change from the dreariness of modern rock."

The afternoon of gospel music will be hosted by Mr. Marc of 88.3 Gospel, WVCR-FM, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 in the college's Maureen Stapleton Theatre. The 20-year-old Mount Olive Men's Group, from Albany, will be joined for the concert by other local choirs from Oak Grove Baptist Church, New Bethel Church of God and Christ, Inner Visions Gospel Group and other special guests. Tickets for the Gospel Explosion are $8, or $5 for seniors and children under 14. Tickets and additional information are available through the Cultural Affairs box office at 629-4TIX.

Other upcoming Cultural Affairs programs include the "funky" blues-rock band The Kinsey Report, performing at 7:30 p.m. on March 7 and the Asian contemporary Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, on stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, both at the Stapleton Theatre.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.