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Shakespeare's verses set to choral music

The American University Chamber Singers performed its final concert of the year this past weekend at the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center. The show, titled "Shakespeare in Song: Choral Settings of the Bard," was supposed to feature the singers performing pieces from Shakespearean plays that were set in different vocal styles by contemporary composers.

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Lia's offers ambiance but fails service, food

Lia's 4435 Willard Avenue Chevy Chase, MD 20815 (240) 223-5427 $10-$27 Grade: C- For more than seven years, Chef Geoff's has been a fixture on the AU campus scene. Located just a block away from campus, the fare ranges from basic (cheeseburgers and stone pizza pies) to elegant (seared yellowfin tuna and rack of lamb with mint pesto).

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Honors student explores musical alternative for senior capstone

While most seniors in the Honors Department slave away over their 50-page plus capstone papers, College of Arts and Sciences senior Danielle Giusto is working on a different type of project. Giusto is majoring in music with a concentration in vocal performance, and instead of a paper, she is presenting a recital as her honors project.

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'Momma' highlights female contributions to art

Last night, the Women's Initiative celebrated the contribution of women in the arts with an event titled "Just like my Momma made it" in the Katzen Arts Center. Originally designed as a study and snack break from midterms, Ashley Evans, a sophomore in the School of International Service and the director of Women's Empowerment for WI, decided it was the perfect time to highlight the accomplishments of AU's female artists.

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Lifting a fallen eagle

It was Christmas day. Her mother waited pensively at the end of a long hallway in the Entrebbe International Airport in Uganda. Her cousin stood nearby with a camera to document the event. When she turned the corner and they saw her, there were no apprehensive stares or Kodak moments.

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AU Symphony Orchestra impresses with Tchaikovsky

This past weekend, the American University Symphony Orchestra performed its first concert of the spring semester in the Abramson Family Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center. The concert featured the AUSO 2006-2007 Concerto and Aria Competition cowinners Laura Petravage and Josiah Lambert, as well as the debut of guest conductor Anna Binneweg.

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Binneweg joins AU orchestra

Anna Binneweg made her debut this weekend as guest conductor for the American University Symphony Orchestra. But there was nothing in the background of this current music director and conductor of the Anne Arundel Community College Orchestra to suggest this would be her future occupation.

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AU Chamber Singers makes 'Sound' fit for regal audiences

The American University Chamber Singers performed "Sound the Trumpets: Music for a Royal Occasion" at the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center last weekend. The chorus, accompanied by a 10-piece instrumental section, sang selections from the 17th and 18th centuries originally produced for royal occasions.

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Conductor visits AU, teaches master class

Leonard Slatkin, world-renowned music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, came to the Katzen Arts Center on Feb. 21 for a master class and Q-and-A session. The event was held in the Abramson Family Recital Hall and featured Slatkin leading an open rehearsal with the American University Symphony Orchestra while students, faculty and community members watched from the audience.

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Senior Veal stars as Hamlet in AU production

There are two types of theatergoers: Those who fear Shakespeare and those who adore him. Both types, however, will likely find that director Karl Kippola's vision for the Department of Performing arts production of "Hamlet" is enlightening. The drama may be historic and the Elizabethan language cryptic, but Kippola allows each audience member to see the story in its simplest terms: A college boy who just happens to be a prince must avenge his father's murder.

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