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Amy Abdou, Kim Buckley, Ben Murray & Siobhan Quinn To Highlight Hudson Valley Musical Symposium on Peace

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, October 16, 2000

On Thursday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hudson Valley Community College will host a Musical Syposium on Peace and Non-Violence in Our Community, featuring performances by top area musicians and peace activists. Speakers include the Grieshaber family in honor of Jenna Grieshaber, who was murdered by a paroled violent felon in 1997. All events will be held outside or inside the Siek Campus Center at Hudson Valley, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy. All events are free and open to the public. Please call 629-7168 or 629-4863 for more information.

This Musical Symposium is the result of a collaborative effort among faculty, students, and administrators at Hudson Valley to promote peace and non-violence in homes, schools and communities. This special event will use music and presentations to convey the message of peace in our world.


10:00 Speaker, Christine Deyess, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse New York

10:25 Musician, Frank Jaklitsch, Guitar Player, Singer, Songwriter

11:00 Speaker, John Chupka, C.S.W., Social Worker

11:25 Musician, Vince Mancino, folk/country

12:00 Colia Clark, Chairwoman, Campus Action/Social Justice Center

12:25 Musicians, Ben Murray & Siobhan Quinn, a unique blend of contemporary and traditional folk & acoustic rhythm and blues

1:00 Speakers, Janice & Bruce Grieshaber, parents of Jenna Grieshaber

1:25 Singer, Erica Grieshaber, in tribute to her sister

2:00 The Rebel Poets, A Community collection of creative minds

2:25 Musician, Amy Abdou, Queen of Prog Rock

3:00 Speaker, Shanti Om Gaia, Environmental and Peace Activist

3:25 Singer, Kim Buckley, singer/songwriter - blues


10:00 a.m. Christine Deyess is the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse New York, a not-for-profit agency whose singular mission is to prevent child abuse. Christine was responsible for establishing the agency's Preventative Information Resource Center and Parent Helpline.

11:00 a.m. John Chupka is a certified social worker who combines 20 years of clinical experience with his studies in metaphysics and spirituality. In addition to his clinical practice he consults regularly with mental health organizations, community service agencies and church groups.

12:00 Noon Colia Clark, Chairwoman of Campus Action/Social Justice Center.

1:00 p.m. Janice & Bruce Grieshaber are the parents of Jenna Grieshaber, a 22-year old nursing student who was murdered in 1997 by a paroled violent felon. Mr. and Mrs. Grieshaber established the Jenna Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to teaching Non-Violence, Victim Counseling and Treatment and the facilitation of victim's services.

2:00 p.m. The Rebel Poets, a community collection of creative minds.

3:00 p.m. Shanti Om Gaia has been an environmental and peace activist for the last 12 years. He has focused the last six years of his work on integrating spirituality and activism. He has walked thousands of miles in over 20 countries for peace. Shanti works as a consultant to the Sacred Earth Network.


10:25 a.m. Frank Jaklitsch is a seasoned entertainer in the Capital Region. Originally from Queens, NY, he has made a hard won reputation as a solid live act, bringing a workmanlike joy to his playing and singing. With five albums to his credit, Frank seeks to find and write songs to lift the spirit.

11:25 a.m. Vince Mancino's music is pure and honest. Many of his songs from his debut CD, "An Autumn Path" were inspired by his childhood growing up in a small country town. From heartwarming stories to contemporary love songs, Vince's folk/country style invites all to ease back and get caught in the moment.

12:25 p.m. Ben Murray & Siobhan Quinn joined forces in 1994. On stage they produce a strong, unique blend of contemporary and traditional folk and acoustic rhythm and blues. Together, Ben and Siobhan are flamboyant, funny, serious, rock-steady musicians. Their 1999 inaugural recording "Two Rivers" has received rave reviews from fans and critics alike.

1:25 p.m. Erica Grieshaber is the sister of Jenna Grieshaber, a 22-year old nursing student who was murdered in 1997 by a paroled felon. She will sing a musical tribute for her sister.

2:25 p.m. Amy Abdou is an innovative songstress from Albany. Revered as the "Queen of Prog Rock," her contributions to the Capital Region's music community are nonparalled. She has been performing with her band and solo all over the Northeast for the past ten years, has written soundtracks for two films, and produced three critically acclaimed releases that have received national recognition.

3:25 p.m. Kim Buckley is a highly charged singer-songwriter who has shared the stage with Blues-great Ellen McIlwaine, Kim Richey, Melissa Ferrick and The Neilds. Critics have compared her to a blend of Ani DiFranco and Shawn Colvin, while still being challenged in categorizing Kim's music with one genre.

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 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.