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Community Festival Features Professor's Contribution

Andrew Bishop Writes Theme, Offers Composition Workshop for Festival of the Forks 

Reported by Jake Weber

ALBION, Mich. —  Albion’s community Festival of the Forks turns 40 this year with a unique musical gift from Albion College music professor Andrew Bishop. Along with special guest The Hank Williams Project, Bishop will premiere a piece commissioned for the 2006 Festival on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. in Albion’s Victory Park Bandshell.

As a kickoff to the Festival, Bishop and The Hank Williams Project members will hold a composition workshop on Thursday, Sept. 14, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Albion Public Library. Anyone interested in learning more about musical composition is welcome to come and interact with Bishop and his fellow performers.

Bishop’s piece honoring the Festival anniversary, “Rugged Variants in Black,” is based in part on “The Old Rugged Cross,” a popular Protestant hymn written in Albion in the 1920s. “The Hank Williams Project was originally founded to explore Americana musically, through a hybrid of musical styles,” said Bishop. “Sometimes we do what you might call ‘recomposition,’ where you take a fragment or an idea from an existing tunes and rework it. ‘Rugged Variants in Black’ is both a reflection of the original song and homage to Johnny Cash’s version of the tune.”

“Andrew has been so helpful in getting us started with our Blues and BBQ venue at the Festival; he has played every year since we started it and he was instrumental in organizing our tribute to Eddie Russ,” said Sue Marcos, president of the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce. “His eclectic interests in music fit very well with our diverse community. We just felt he was the ideal person to do something really special for the 40th anniversary.”

Albion’s Festival of the Forks celebrates the community’s diverse history and rich present through the arts, music, food and other entertainment. For more information, or contact the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce at 517/629-5533 or see http://www.festivaloftheforks.org.

Organization for Latino/a Awareness Hosts Fall Dinner

Reported by Jake Weber

ALBION, Mich. – The Organization for Latino/a Awareness (OLA) spices up Albion’s Campus with their annual dinner held on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 p.m in the Kellogg Center.

“We are very excited to share this opportunity with everyone who wishes to experience traditional Hispanic food, music and a great atmosphere,” said OLA president Maureen Dooley. “The food served at this event will be catered by El Ranchito restaurant located in Jackson Michigan. We will be having an assortment of Hispanic cuisine too good to pass up!”

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated throughout the country from September 15 to October 15. It marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

Proceeds from the dinner go to OLA’s ongoing support of a Honduran orphanage. “Every other spring, a group of our members goes to Honduras, to work on the school building and spend time with the kids,” said Dooley. “We are really proud that our group can contribute to meet the needs of these children.”

Tickets are $3 in advance or $4 at the door; reservations are strongly encouraged. For more information contact Dooley at 517-629-1486 or .

Andrea Ridilla Oboe Trio Opens Albion College Guest Artist Series

Reported by Jake Weber

ALBION, Mich. — An evening of chamber music featuring oboe, bassoon and piano opens the Albion College Music department’s 2006-07 Guest Artist Concert Series. The Andrea Ridilla Oboe Trio takes the Goodrich Chapel stage Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m.

It should be an incredible concert; Andrea is a very talented musician,” said Albion College oboe instructor Rebecca Van de Ven. “This music is not well-known, but it’s beautiful, melodic music. It will be a treat to hear it.”

The program includes trios by Poulenc, Theodore Lalliet and Madeleine Dring, along with a Fantasie on Rossini’s “Italian in Algiers.” Ridilla, professor of oboe at Miami University of Ohio, holds degrees from Julliard and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

This concert is free and the public is invited to attend.  For more information, contact the Albion College Music department, 517-629-0481.

Film Presentation Brings Ugandan Children's Plight to Albion

Reported by Leah Bassett, ’07

ALBION, Mich. – Uganda’s civil war may be a world away, but concern for its suffering children is growing on Albion College’s campus. Students returning from off-campus study continue to raise local awareness of Ugandan issues with a screening of Invisible Children. This documentary about the ongoing civil war in Northern Uganda will show Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in Norris Center’s Towsley Hall.

Invisible Children exposes the lives of several children caught in the fight between the Uganda government and the Lord’s Resistance Army. It was produced by three Americans from California and is an extremely interesting, compelling, and fast paced film with an MTV beat. The film seeks to raise awareness and promote healthcare, safety, employment and education for the people of Northern Uganda. For more information, visit www.invisiblechildren.com.

“It would be great if we could raise a lot of money for existing relief efforts, but mainly we just need to let people know what’s happening in Uganda,” said student organizer Sarah Heddon. “If the world doesn’t do anything about this conflict, it could turn into another Rwanda.”

Matt Carotenuto, the College’s new African historian, will present information about the conflict and lead a discussion after the showing. Information will also be provided on charily relief efforts, political lobbying activities, and an October fundraising event, “Gululuwalk.”

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Heddon at

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