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NewsPress Release: 5/02/02Marlboro Women's Chorus Offers Two Concerts

MARLBORO, VT -- The Marlboro College Women's Chorus will present two concerts, the first at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the Whittemore Theater on campus and the second at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Brattleboro.

Entitled "Alive with Song," the a capella performance will feature songs from Quebec, Bulgaria, the Republic of Georgia, and the USA, as well as two original compositions by chorus founder and director Julia Slone.

The women's chorus is composed of approximately 30 students, who will be joined on a few songs by the Jaded Jewels, an ensemble of Marlboro College faculty, staff, and community members, also directed by Slone. The Jaded Jewels includes Amy Domrad, C.B. Goldstein, Andrea Horton, Megan MacArthur Littlehales, Lorna Lyons, Jill Neitlich, K.P. Peterson, Jenny Ramstetter, Teresa Storti, Sunny Tappan, Hilly van Loon, and Louise Zak.

Slone is a senior who will be graduating from Marlboro later this month. She founded the chorus as part of her Plan of Concentration, the cornerstone of Marlboro's academic program. The Plan is an in-depth, self-designed exploration of a field or fields of each student's choosing. It culminates in a major independent project involving research, one-to-one study with faculty in tutorials, and a three-hour oral examination with Marlboro faculty and an outside examiner who is an expert in the student's field.

Slone's Plan has focused on performance art and the process of creating theater. While at Marlboro, she has performed in many student and faculty productions on campus, in addition to leading several performances of the Women's Chorus both on and off campus.

During spring break in March, Slone traveled to China with the Quintessentials (a subset of the Women's Chorus) and the Marlboro College Performance Workshop dance troupe to study local performing arts programs, visit the Great Wall and other sites, and perform before hundreds of people. The China trip was funded by two Freeman Foundation grants totaling $423,635 to strengthen Marlboro's undergraduate curriculum.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. The Whittemore Theater and St. Michael's Episcopal Church are both fully accessible.

For more information, please call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at http://www.marlboro.edu.

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