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Gluck Day of the Arts to Host Four Riverside County Schools

Elementary school students will explore music, dance and puppetry at the UC Riverside event on April 24.

(April 2, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Students from four elementary schools in Riverside County will be introduced to contemporary dance, orchestral music, Indian classical tabla drums, and Indonesian and Malaysian shadow puppets at the semiannual Gluck Day of the Arts at the University of California, Riverside on Friday, April 24.

Approximately 220 second- through sixth-graders from Camino Real school in the Jurupa Unified School District, Jackson in the Riverside Unified School District, Chaparral Hills in the Moreno Valley School District and May Ranch in the Val Verde Unified School District will spend the day attending workshops led by UCR faculty and students. The event is hosted by the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts.

Workshops are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. They include:

Dance: The Gluck Contemporary Dance Ensemble will introduce students to modern dance and demonstrate the different skills, personalities and backgrounds of the performers. Gluck Fellows who will conduct the workshop include April Franco, Ada Dunne, Natali Micciche, Erica Washington, Christopher Logel, Christian Lorenzo and Taywanna Hightower.

Music: Gluck Orchestral Expedition fellows who play violin, cello, flute and trombone will demonstrate their instruments, showing how they sound, how they work and what they can express. Students also will learn how to lead a group as a conductor. The musicians in the ensemble are Lydia Hsu, violin; Justin Myers, flute; Willie Wu, bassoon; Aaron Wharton, trombone.

Theater: Gluck Graduate Fellows Sarah Grant and Russell Skelchy will explain and demonstrate Indonesian and Malaysian shadow puppetry, an ancient form of storytelling. Known as wayang kulit in Malaysia, shadow puppet plays typically present stories that are mythical and morality tales. UNESCO has designated wayang kulit a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.”

Music: Gluck Graduate Fellow Miles B. Shrewsbery III will demonstrate north Indian classical tabla drums, which are popular percussion instruments used in India and in Hindustani classical music.

Since 1996 the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts has provided fellowships to exceptional UC Riverside students and faculty to bring the arts to Inland area schools, nursing homes and community centers. Participating departments include Art, Art History, Creative Writing, Dance, Music and Theatre, as well as the Sweeney Art Gallery and the UCR/California Museum of Photography. The program is funded by the Maxwell H. Gluck Foundation.

The UCR program offers the Gluck Summer Camp for the Arts, Gluck Days of the Arts, and other arts outreach projects.

For more information contact Christine Leapman, Gluck fellows facilitator, at 951-827-5739 or christine.leapman@ucr.edu.

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