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
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,
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