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News Marlboro College Senior Performs Traditional Irish Music with a Twist

MARLBORO, VT -- (May 1, 2008) -- Friday, May 9, Marlboro College Senior Abraham Stimson will present an evening of traditional Irish music with a twist. Several of the songs on the program are computer-composed, written by a computer program that Stimson developed as a part of his Plan of Concentration.

Stimson urges listeners at the concert to try to guess which songs are ''real'' and which aren't. The performance will be followed by a discussion about the computer program and whether or not it is actually composing.

Stimson will be playing the fiddle, accompanied by David Stimson on the guitar. The performance will take place at 8:30 PM in Whittemore Theatre, and is free and open to the public.

Samples of Stimson's electronically developed music are available for listening at http://cs.marlboro.edu/~astimson/tune-generator.

For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu.

Celebrating 60 years, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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