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Elizabethtown musical offerings range from French multimedia to classical clarinet

Fine and Performing Arts presents eclectic entertainment

Elizabethtown College fall music“Paris Exposé: Paris and its World Expositions at the Center of Western Culture at the Turn of the 20th Century” is a multimedia journey into Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. The event, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in Elizabethtown College’s Leffler Chapel and Performance Center, features faculty and student musical performances, dance, poetry, readings and artwork highlighting this important period when Modernism changed Western arts and culture forever. During this pivotal time in history Paris was the center of culture for the Western world and a Mecca for artists and writers.

Performing musical works of Debussy, Ravel, Ferroud, Duparc and Milhaud are Debra Ronning, Sarah Daughtrey, Paula Nelson, Justin Badgerow, Ellen Eager and Johanna Hartman from the Music Division of Elizabethtown College’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Also featured are slides, with art direction by Pat Ricci, Art Division, of artwork from the period, including Courbet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pissarro and Van Gogh. Student readers will be presenting excerpts from Hugo’s Les Misérables, contemporary reactions to the construction of the Eiffel Tower, and poetry by Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Valéry and Apollinaire. Professor Sharon Trachte, French, will assist the students in preparing the readings. Brian Newsome, from the History Department, will give a pre-program lecture on the cultural and historical events surrounding the Paris Expositions from 1855 to 1937.

PBS documentary coverIn conjunction with the program, the College presents the PBS documentary “Paris – The Luminous Years,” a portrayal of the storm of Modernism that swept through the arts world of the West in the early decades of the 20th century, uprooting centuries of tradition. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in Steinman’s Brinser Lecture Room.

The events are free and open to the public. Contact: Sarah Daughtrey at

Congueros and the Elizabethtown College Percussion Ensemble entertain at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Zug Rehearsal Room 204. Under the direction of James Armstrong, the ensembles present an evening of percussion music from around the world. The concert is free. Contact: Amy Reynolds at 717-361-1212 or

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, the College-Community Orchestra presents a concert of classical music. Dr. J. Robert Spence conducts strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion at this free concert in Leffler Chapel and Performance Center. Contact: Amy Reynolds at 717-361-1212 or

Guest musician Michael Lippard performs clarinet, accompanied by College Professor Justin Badgerow at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in Zug Recital Hall. Admission to the Monday Series Concert is free. Contact: Amy Reynolds at 717-361-1212 or or Justin Badgerow at

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