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KNOXVILLE — Opera music, theater and museum tours and prehistoric art are just a few of the cultural activities planned for this year’s Alumni Summer College at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The program will focus on visual and performing arts and expose participants to a wide range of Tennessee experiences. Participants do not have to be UT alumni.

Alumni Summer College BravoThe Summer College will take place July 28-Aug. 1, with a one-day trip to Nashville on Saturday, July 31.

The program begins with dinner and a keynote lecture by UT alumna Delores Ziegler, professor and chair of the Voice/Opera Division at the University of Maryland School of Music. Ziegler is a noted mezzo-soprano and has performed in many of the world’s greatest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Bastille in Paris and the Salzburg Festival.

UT professors will lecture on their areas of research Thursday and Friday. One of the speakers will be UT interim president, Jan Simek, who will discuss prehistoric rock art in Tennessee.

Other lecture topics include

  • “The Visual Cultures of Shakespeare’s Theater” by Heather Hirschfeld, associate professor of English
  • “In Consideration of Photographing in the South” by Baldwin Lee, professor of art
  • “The History of Rock-and-Roll” by Wendel Werner, director of the UT Singers and lecturer in the School of Music
  • “Do You Believe in Centaurs” by Beauvais Lyons, professor of art

Participants will tour the Knoxville Museum of Art, the recently renovated Tennessee Theatre and see the Clarence Brown Theatre’s final day of the Summer Acting Workshop. The Saturday trip to Nashville includes a tour of the Frist Center for Visual Arts and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Tuition for the program is $350, which includes the Saturday trip and selected meals. Lodging is the responsibility of the participant, although rooms are reserved at a discounted rate at the Knoxville Marriott. Deadline to register is July 14.

For more information or to register visit http://alumni.utk.edu/programs/ASC/. Those interested may also contact Patrick Wade at (865) 974-3011.

C O N T A C T :

Patrick Wade, Alumni Affairs, (865-974-3011, pwade2@tennessee.edu)

Beth Gladden, Media Relations, (865-974-9008, bgladden@utk.edu)

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