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UCR Arts on Display April 13

Four Moreno Valley Schools to Attend Gluck Day of the Arts at UC Riverside April 13

Workshops to demonstrate writing and acting techniques, dance moves, orchestral conducting

(March 27, 2007)

Ruth Charloff directs one of UCR's performing groupsEnlarge

Ruth Charloff directs one of UCR's performing groups

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Elementary school students from four Moreno Valley campuses will be introduced to creative writing, contemporary dance, orchestral music, and acting techniques at the semiannual Gluck Day of the Arts at the University of California, Riverside on April 13.

Approximately 300 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from Chapparal Hills, Edgemont, Sunnymeadows and Town Gate elementary schools 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:

Creative writing: Students will learn to think more creatively about word choices and how attention to detail allows the reader to encounter the world in a different light. Students will be divided into groups that will make a list of situations in which a person would feel a specific emotion. Each group will read its list to other students to guess the emotion. The workshop leader is Christine Kitano, a senior and editor-in-chief of Mosaic, UC Riverside’s art and literary journal.

Dance: A contemporary dance ensemble led by Wendy Rogers, chair of the Dance Department, and Susan Rose, ensemble director and professor of dance, will demonstrate movement based on action from everyday life, contemporary dance vocabulary and athletic partnering. Audience participation will be encouraged. Undergraduate students in the ensemble include: Carmell Briggs, Kanisha Brown, Ada Dunne, Ursula Mencini, Marvin Quijada-Rivas, Tiffany Ramirez, Heidi Riego and Rosa Rodriguez.

Music: Gluck Fellows from the UCR Orchestra will demonstrate their instruments, showing how they sound, how they work, and what they can express. Ruth Charloff, ensemble director and lecturer, will demonstrate how to conduct an orchestra, and musicians will demonstrate playing in tune and out of tune, and how to play together as a group. Ensemble members include undergraduates Joshua Chan, Emily McEwen, James Szweda and Ted Yau.

Theatre: Students will be asked to imagine a magical island and act out adventures that could happen there. In the process, students will be introduced to physical theatre techniques such as tempo rhythms, mirror images and voice projection, including making sound effects that bring their imaginary world alive. Theatre workshop leaders are graduate student Abbie Bosworth and senior Bethany Kraemer.

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, Creative Writing, Dance, Art History, 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.

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