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Global Perspective Featured in Fall Cultural Affairs Program at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8063

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, September 23, 2002

The Cultural Affairs program at Hudson Valley Community College will take a global perspective this semester, with music, dance, art, theater and discussions representing numerous cultural perspectives and artistic traditions.

From Brazilian music to Greek theater and Ghanaian dance, the performances offer a view of arts throughout the world. The program was announced by Siobhan Quinn, cultural affairs coordinator at Hudson Valley.

Many of the programs are free, and all are open to the community. Many will be presented in Hudson Valley's Maureen Stapleton Theatre on the Hudson Valley campus. Group rates are available. For tickets or more information, call 629-4TIX.

The annual Arts & Humanities Week Celebration from September 27 through October 5 will kick off with the Woodstock band Iabas: Arte Brasil, an all-women Brazilian band. Iabas will use traditional and homemade instruments to present music representative of its multi-cultural country in a performance at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre. General admission for the event is $10. Tickets for seniors and students 14 and younger are $8, and Hudson Valley students will be admitted free with college ID.

On Monday, September 30, Lagaan, the award winning film from India, will be shown at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Stapleton Theatre. Lagaan mixes romance, intrigue and politics with the history of colonial India. Admission is free.

On Tuesday, October 1, the Siek Campus Center will be host to Gandalf Murphy and the Slombovian Circus of Dreams, a lower Hudson Valley band, from noon until 1:30 pm. The event is free and open to all.

On Thursday, October 3, two theatrical pieces will be offered. First, the series will offer a regional and historic perspective with the one-woman theatrical piece, "A Woman, Ain't I?" at noon. Boston actress Kathryn Woods will recreate the life of African-American Sojourner Truth in this show, using Truth's own words and the spiritual music she may have sung. The performance begins at noon. Admission is $5, or $2 for seniors and children 14 and younger. Hudson Valley students will be admitted free with college ID.

On October 3 at 7:30 p.m., Actor Bertrand Fay will present Euripides' "Iphigeneia at Aulis," from classical Greek theater repertory, in the Stapleton Theatre. First produced after Euripides death in 406 B.C., the play is a stern critique of Greek culture, and condemns the Trojan War, depicting the ugly and awesome power of political ambition. Tickets are $5, and admission for seniors and students will be free.

Capping the Arts & Humanities week will be a feature performance by Odadaa! Hudson Valley's resident dance company, Odadaa, will bring its dynamic Ghanaian music and dance to the Stapleton Theatre at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5. Led by drummer/choreographer/composer Yacub Addy, the colorfully costumed Odadaa troupe combines African percussion, vocals and high-energy dance.

Later in October, Hudson Valley's resident community theater company, The Players, will present two shows this fall. Thorton Wilder's classic "Our Town" will be offered from Friday through Sunday, Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27. The hilarious holiday play "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," will be performed from Friday through Sunday, Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 20-22. Show time for both productions is 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

The Junior Museum and Hudson Valley Community College will present "Apple, Corn & Pumpkin Leaves" with the Storycrafters. The show will unfold the Storycrafters' own tales to school and community groups in a special event at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 21. The program is particularly suitable for pre-school and young children. Admission is $5.

On October 29 at noon, Boston favorites HelicopterHelicopter will perform their own brand of pop rock. The performance will take place in the Campus Center and is free.

Award winning Gospel singer Debra Sipes and her band The Angels, from Manchester, Georgia, will perform starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 in the Stapleton Theatre. Tickets may be purchased through the Oak Grove Baptist Church, 233-1088 or 272-9662.

On November 12 at noon local favorites Sonny & Perley will perform at a free lunchtime concert in the Stapleton Theatre. The Storycrafters will return to Hudson Valley with new tales to tell. The first annual "Roots & Branches Storytelling Festival," will be presented from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16 in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center at Hudson Valley, followed by an evening extravaganza performance at 7 p.m. Nationally acclaimed storytellers Peter Cook, who is deaf, Antonio Rocha and Peninnah Schram will take part in the workshops and performances. ASL interpretation provided for both afternoon and evening events. General admission is $8 for each event, and $5 tickets for children are also available for each event.

The Cultural Affairs program main event will feature performers from another continent. Kahurangi, the Maori Dance Theatre of New Zealand, will present a collection of traditional Maori culture, music and dance styles at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Kahurangi's songs and dances are part of the history and fabric of Maori life, including genealogical chants that trace family history and martial arts techniques spanning generations. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors, and $8 for children under 14.

Kahurangi also will provide a school groups performance on Friday, November 22. Educators please call 629-7170 for more information and teacher guides.

In the final program of the Alive series, Kuniko Yamamoto will present "Magical Mask, Mime and Music" at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, using Japanese myths and fables spliced with updated social revelations to educate and amuse both children and adults. Tickets are $5, or $2 for seniors and children 14 and younger. Also, an origami workshop will be offered at 3:30 p.m. on that same day, with admission of $5.

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 each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.