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The Laurier Centre for Music in the Community opens its doors

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Mar 17/08| For Immediate Release

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Dr. Lee Willingham, Director, Laurier Centre for Music in the Community and Associate Professor, Faculty of Music
(519) 884-0710 ext. 3621 or lwillingham@wlu.ca

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(519) 884-0710 ext. 3070 or kcrowley@wlu.ca

WATERLOO – The Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LcMc) will bring together unconventional performances, street music and well-known figures from the local arts scene when it officially opens its doors to the public March 28 and 29.

The LcMc explores the sociological, philosophical and educational aspects of community music, based on the assumption that a broad range of people in the community know a lot about music and use it purposefully.

“There’s a pervasive belief that schools own music education, but there are many other community contributors that educate people musically,” said Lee Willingham, the centre’s director and an associate professor in Laurier’s Faculty of Music. “We’re aiming to remove the walls of the hallowed high temples of music and find ways to open ourselves to the community. We can learn a lot from each other.”

The LcMc’s public opening will include the Motus O Dance Theatre, Wilfrid Laurier University choirs, instrumentalists, soloists and members of area high school choirs performing Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Cantiones Profane. The piece, written to be performed by professionals and amateurs together, was chosen because it exemplifies the purpose of the centre.

The launch will also showcase the premiere performance of Imaginibus Mundi, by Laurier music professor Peter Hatch and senior students Colin Labadie and Heather Olaveson. Written for the street rather than the stage, this unconventional piece challenges the traditional role of the audience. The entire event begins with busker-type musicians playing outside the theatre and features the powerful elements of interpretive dance and multi-media.

The weekend includes a Saturday morning town-hall style meeting called Intersections: Music in Everyday Life. Martin de Groot, executive director of the Waterloo Regional Arts Council, will join Edwin Outwater, music director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Peter Hatch, Laurier music professor and artistic director of the Open Ears Festival, in a discussion about how music faculties can intersect with the everyday musical lives of people.

The Laurier Centre for Music in the Community’s interdisciplinary researchers examine both amateur and professional music across genres and in local, national and international communities. In addition to its research, the centre involves the community through performances, conferences, festivals, town-hall forums and book publications.

Performances of Carmina Burana and Imaginibus Mundi will take place on March 28 at 8 p.m. and March 29 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. To order, call: 519-884-0710 ext. 2150.

The town-hall meeting will be held March 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The event is free and includes a light lunch.

All events take place in the Theatre Auditorium at Wilfrid Laurier University.

For further information about the LcMc, please visit: http://www.wlu.ca/page.php?grp_id=29&p=10527.

Laurier is pleased that this important weekend of events is financially supported by the Musagetes Fund at the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. 

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