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SMSU Briefs for March 11

‘Gallery Talk’ by Dr. Pat Brace is March 23

Southwest Minnesota State University Art Professor Dr. Pat Brace will present a “Gallery Talk” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 23, in the William Whipple Gallery (Bellows Academic 291) on campus. Her topic will be “Art and Handicraft in the Women’s Building” at the 1893 World Columbian Exhibition (World’s Fair), in Chicago.

Her talk is part of an exhibit during Women’s History Month featuring art works by and about women from the SMSU collection titled, “Women in Art.” The exhibition runs through the end of March. Gallery hours coincide with the McFarland Library on campus.

Brace’s talk is free and open to the public. It is funded, in part by, the SMSU Foundation.

SMO Children’s Concert ‘Once Upon A Symphony’ April 7

The Southwest Minnesota Orchestra (SMO), directed by Dr. Daniel Rieppel, will present its annual children’s concert, “Once Upon a Symphony,” on Tuesday, April 7 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts at Marshall High School.

The concert is part of the orchestra’s 50th anniversary season and will feature Jacob Meyer, winner of the 2020 Student Concerto Competition.

Tickets for the 10 a.m. concert are $1 for children and seniors. Chaperones may also pay $1 by calling Kris at 507-865-4477.

General admission seating will be available at the 1 p.m. concert. Tickets will be $12 for adults.

For more information, email: Daniel.Rieppel@smsu.edu, or call 507-537-7139.

SMSU’s African Night scheduled for April 11

Southwest Minnesota State University’s African Student Association and Black Student Union will host “Tour De Africa ’20,” SMSU’s annual African Night from 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in the Upper Conference Center.

The event will include a meal, cultural performances, fashion show, dancing and more.

Tickets will be sold at the door and are $5 for students and $7 for non-students.

There will be a free after-party from 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

The event is sponsored by Access Opportunity Success (AOS) and the SMSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI).

For more information, contact Ayan.Nur@my.SMSU.edu.

‘The Fight to Win Votes for Women’ presentations March 31 and April 1

Joan Gittens, history professor emerita at Southwest Minnesota State University, will present “The Fight to Win Votes for Women” March 31 and April 1.

Both presentations are at 6:30 p.m. The March 31 presentation will be in the William Whipple Gallery (BA 291) on campus, and the April 1 presentation will be at the Marshall-Lyon County Library.

Both presentations are free and open to the public. They are part of Women’s History Month activities at SMSU, and are sponsored by the SMSU history club.

For more information place contact the SMSU history program at socialscience@SMSU.edu or calling 507-537-6224.

Southwest Minnesota Orchestra ‘Beethoven I’ concert March 22

The Southwest Minnesota Orchestra will present the first of five concerts of the Beethoven/SMO 2/50 Festival at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts.

The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Daniel Rieppel. The first concert in the series is entitled “Beethoven I” and will feature Symphony #1 in C Major. Guest artist Dr. David Viscoli, soloist, will play Piano Concerto #1 in C Major.

The other concerts in the series will be held in May, July, October and December 2020.

The series is being held to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth and the 50th anniversary of the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra.

As part of the celebration, the Friends of the Orchestra announce the Beethoven/SMO 2/50 Project. For every donation of $250-$499 or higher, the donor will receive a pair of tickets for all five of the Beethoven Festival concerts.

Tickets are $12 for adults and will be available at the door. Students with an ID and children are free.

For more information, contact Rieppel at: Daniel.Rieppel@smsu.edu; 507-537-7139.

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