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Lia Jensen-Abbott Premiers Fanny Mendelssohn's "Das Jahr"

Albion College piano faculty member Lia Jensen-Abbott performs a recital of Fanny Mendelssohn's "Das Jahr" on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Goodrich Chapel. The recital will be prefaced by a lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Goodrich Room 127.

Fanny Mendelssohn, though eclipsed by her more famous brother Felix, was a prolific and accomplished composer in her own right. She composed "Das Jahr" as a song-cycle depicting each month of the year, the first of its kind in history. The score was written on colored paper, and accompanied by illustrations by her husband Wilhelm. She wrote in a personal letter that the compositions would serve as a "kind of second diary, or pleasant memoir" of her Italian tour during 1839-40.

The cycle lasts approximately 55 minutes. "Das Jahr" first saw publication in 1989, and due to the newly expanding scholarship on the work, Jensen-Abbott's recital is likely a Michigan premier of "Das Jahr."

Jensen-Abbott has been rehearsing as well as researching the piece for two years, with a focus on semiotics, in preparation for conferences and lectures.

The lecture and recital are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Music Department at (517)-629-0481 or .

Second Grandparents College Seen as Great Success

Albion College Grandparents CollegeNearly 50 participants spent June 22-24 on Albion College's campus, participating in classes chosen to appeal to grandparents and grandchildren ages 8 to 12. The 15 classes offered by Albion faculty and staff ranged from constructing bat houses and conducting chemistry experiments to writing original doo-wop songs and developing baseball skills.

'Pumpkin Chunkers' Sought for Equestrian Club Contest

Fruit will be flying at the Albion College Equestrian Club's first annual Pumpkin Chunkin' contest Friday, November 2 at the Held Equestrian Center, located 1/4 mile south of the intersection of 29 Mile Road and Albion-Concord Road in Albion. Setup begins at 4:30 p.m., with a 5 p.m. launch.

According to Equestrian Club member Alyssa Olson, "pumpkin chunkin'" is the sport of launching pumpkins with team-built catapults. Although complicated catapult plans are available on the Internet, Olson stressed that their competition is focused on fun. "Two sticks in the ground with an exercise band works great," she said. "We want this to be something kids and families can get involved in."

Along with the contest, the Equestrian Club will sell homemade concessions.

The contest entry fee is $20/team. The Equestrian Club will supply pumpkins but not catapult materials. For a complete list of rules, see http://www.facebook.com/events/449158565126310/?ref=ts&fref=ts or contact organizer Heather Waldron, , or contact the Held Equestrian Center, 517/629-0836.

Alumnus Addresses Fun in Philosophy

Albion alumnus Casper "Cap" Uldricks, '75, visits Albion College to discuss "Philosophy: Funnily, It Matters!" in a public address Thursday, November 1, at 7 p.m. in the Norris Science Center Towsley Hall.

A philosophy major at Albion College, Uldricks went on to earn a master's degree in divinity from Boston College and a law degree. He worked for the Food and Drug Administration for nearly 20 years. Currently, he works for a private law firm and specializes in legal work involving the FDA and the USDA.

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Albion College Philosophy department secretary Linda Clawson, , or 517/629-0207.

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