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Upcoming U of M events range from chorus performances to student-designed winter light show

Percussion and dance concerts, the launch of Minnesota Funk exhibition and a 5K run highlight the next two weeks

November 28, 2012

Please find below a list of select University of Minnesota-related events for Nov. 28 through Dec. 9, 2012. For a full listing of events, visit the U of M events calendar.

Wednesday, Nov. 28 – Weisman Art Museum: Panelists ask whether memory is true
As part of the WAM (Weisman Art Museum) Chatter series, assistant professor of psychology Wilma Koutstaal, professor of landscape architecture Rebecca Krinke and artist/educator Mona Smith will discuss how memory endures and whether it can be held accountable.

Panelists will present in pecha kucha style format and respond to the question "Is memory true?" in 20 slides shown for exactly 20 seconds each. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the university’s Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Road, Minneapolis. Admission is free.

Saturday, Dec. 1 – Campus Singers perform ‘Sounds of the Season’
The university Campus Singers (men’s and women’s choruses) will perform seasonal music from different periods and faith traditions at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2121 4th St. S., Minneapolis. Admission is free.

Matthew Mehaffey and Kathy Saltzman Romey, members of the U of M graduate conducting class, will conduct the choruses.

Saturday, Dec. 1 – U of M School of Music and MacPhail Center kick off four-concert series
The University of Minnesota School of Music and MacPhail Center for Music will present the first of four concerts in a new chamber series with "An Evening of Collaborative Percussion" 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at MacPhail’s Antonello Hall, 501 S. 2nd St., Minneapolis.

The evening will feature U of M music professor Fernando Meza, MacPhail President, COO and teaching artist Paul Babcock, the U of M Percussion Ensemble and the MacPhail Rimshots! Percussion Ensemble. Events in this series are free and open to the public. Future events are scheduled for Feb. 14, Mar. 8 and April 3, 2013.

Tuesday, Dec. 4 through Saturday, Jan. 12 – Minnesota Funk explores diverse, groovy side of Minnesota culture
The university’s Regis Center for Art celebrates its 10th anniversary with a year of exhibitions and public programs Tuesday, Dec. 4 through Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery Regis Center for Art East, 405 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis. Admission is free and the gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

"Minnesota Funk" is a group exhibition that playfully explores the diverse, groovy, funky side of Minnesota culture. The exhibition includes an installation of video and sculptures by assistant art professor Chris Larson, a new faculty member.

Thursday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 9 – Students perform Dance Revolutions concerts
An evening-length dance concert, "Dance Revolutions" will be performed by students Dec. 6-9 at the Whiting Proscenium Theatre in the university’s Rarig Center, 330 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis. Nightly performances begin at 7:30, and admission is $10 per person or $5 for students.

Each concert features four works: "D-Man In The Waters (Part 1") by Bill T. Jones, "The Gift/No God Logic" by Arnie Zane, "JAZZ 1" by Donald Byrd and "Family" by Shapiro & Smith. Students will perform under the guidance of director Toni Pierce-Sands and Cowles Visiting Artists Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo, Germaul Barnes and Brian Harlan Brooks.  The Dec. 6 opening night performance includes a post-show Q-and-A with choreographer Byrd.

Friday, Dec. 7 – Freezin’ for a Reason! 5K run
Hosted by the College of Science and Engineering Student Board, in conjunction with that evening’s premiere of "Illumination," this 5k winds through the university’s East Bank campus and will be lead by the U of M Formula SAE Racing Team. The event is open to everyone, with a registration fee of $10 that includes a long-sleeved T-shirt. Proceeds and donations will go to the Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

Registration is available online at or on-site beginning at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 at Lind Hall, 207 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis. The race will begin at 4:30 p.m. from Lind Hall and end at Rapson Hall, 89 Church St. S.E.

Friday, Dec. 7 – Premiere of the CSE Winter Light Show, ‘Illumination’
Join the university’s College of Science and Engineering (CSE) for a dazzling light show designed by students. Featuring more than 100,000 LED lights set to music composed and performed by University of Minnesota students, "Illumination" is an immersive 3D outdoor experience. Presented by the Tesla Works student group with help from Radio K and sponsored by CenterPoint Energy and CSE, the show is free and open to the public.

Friday, Dec. 7 is premiere night, with three 20-minute light shows scheduled for 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the outdoor plaza of the Civil Engineering Building, 500 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis. That night’s Premiere Party, hosted by university student group MinnesoTap from 5 to 8 p.m., will include dance, demonstration and interactive exhibits in the indoor courtyard of Rapson Hall, 89 Church St. S.E.

For more information, including a schedule for future shows on Dec. 8, 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21, visit

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