CSU Happenings for Sept. 26-Oct. 4

SEPT. 26 - Guest Jazz Pianist to Perform with CSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a performance by jazz pianist Chris Azzara at 7:30 p.m. Friday in RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Azzara, from the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY., will be joined by the CSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble for an evening of jazz standards and original compositions. General admission is $10; $7 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and $5 with CSU ID. For tickets, contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

SEPT. 26-27 - Jazz Workshop for Teachers
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will host a jazz workshop for teachers, titled “Developing Musicianship Through Improvisation,” Friday and Saturday at RiverCenter’s Studio Theatre. Chris Azzara, from the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., will lead the workshop, which is designed to provide ideas for developing musicianship through improvisation at all levels of instruction. Participants will be introduced to practical techniques designed to improve musicianship and develop improvisation skills in a variety of musical styles. Registration is $40 and free to CSU faculty and students. Space is limited. Participants can register online at http://music.colstate.edu/jazz/azzara.asp. For more information, call 706-649-7225.

SEPT. 27 - Astronomy Night at Roosevelt State Park
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet-viewing on Saturday at Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain. The program is free and will open at 8 p.m. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.

SEPT. 30 & OCT. 2 – CSU Libraries to Stage Banned Books Read-Outs
CSU Libraries will sponsor its fourth annual Banned Books Read-Outs in front of the Schwob Library on Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. CSU faculty and staff will read selections from their favorite “banned” books, defined as books that have been banned and-or challenged, sometimes through court action, by individuals and-or groups who want them removed from library shelves or from reading lists. The read-outs are free and open to the public and part of American Library Association’s Banned Books Week. For more information, call 706-562-1494.

SEPT. 30 - Native American History Series to Open
The series, “When Cultures Collide: Dialogues with Native American History and Culture,” will open Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Center in Fort Mitchell, Ala., with an Indian taco dinner and presentations by CSU history faculty and students and other local historians. The evening’s schedule is:

• 6 p.m. - Indian taco dinner ($6 adults; $4 children or bring own food) and CSU history students’ presentation comparing Western Indian and Southeastern Indian cultures, based on research from summer trip to Montana, presenters (with the students): CSU history professors Becky Matthews and Virginia Causey

• 6:30 p.m. - ”Southern Food Is Indian Food: The Intersection Between Euro-American and Native American Foodways in the South,” presenter: Virginia Causey

• 7 p.m. - Native plants walk and talk, led by local journalist and historian Billy Winn

• 7:45 p.m. - “Benjamin Hawkins and Meriwether Lewis: A Comparison of Federal Indian Policy in the South and the West,” presenters: Virginia Causey and Auburn anthropology professor John Cottier

Series sponsors are Friends of Libraries and the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Association, with support from CSU, Columbus Public Library, Pastoral Institute, Columbus Film Society and Columbus Museum. For more information, call 706-565-3633, write to causey_virginia@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://history.colstate.edu/NativeAmericans.asp.

OCT. 1 - Guest Recital by Saxophonist Otis Murphy
Internationally respected concert saxophonist Otis Murphy will perform a recital with pianist Haruko Murphy at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Murphy, a winner of numerous competitions and prizes throughout the United States and Europe, serves on the faculty at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. General admission is $10; $7 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and $5 with CSU ID. For tickets, call the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 2 - When Cultures Collide Film: ‘Black Robe’
The series When Cultures Collide: Dialogues with Native American History and Culture continues with a screening and discussion of the film “Black Robe” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Columbus Public Library. The moderator is CSU history professor Becky Matthews. The program is free. Series sponsors are Friends of Libraries and the Chattahoochee Indian Heritage Association, with support from CSU, Columbus Public Library, Pastoral Institute, Columbus Film Society and Columbus Museum. For more information, call 706-565-3633, e-mail causey_virginia@ColumbusState.edu or go to http://history.colstate.edu/NativeAmericans.asp.

OCT. 2 - CSU Philharmonic Orchestra
The CSU Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Schwob School of Music Director Fred Cohen, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Featured are the bubbly Overture to Der Fledermaus by Johann Strauss Jr., Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 (“The London”), and the Georgia premiere of Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski’s Novelette for orchestra. General admission is $5; $2 for senior citizens, military personnel and non-CSU students; and free with CSU ID. For tickets, contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 3 - Strings Recital: Maureen Gallagher and Friends
CSU faculty violist Maureen Gallagher will give a recital accompanied by Schwob School of Music colleagues Gila Goldstein (piano), Sergiu Schwartz (violin) and Andre Gaskins (cello) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. The program includes Bach’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, Hindemith’s Sonata Op. 11 No. 4 for viola and piano, Beethoven’s Eyeglasses duo for viola and cello and a world premiere for string trio by Schwob school director Fred Cohen. Gallagher, formerly a professor at Columbia University (NY.), has performed with some of New York City’s most respected ensembles, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and New York City Ballet Orchestra. The concert also opens CSU’s new “Legacy Live” series. General admission is $20, $17 for CSU faculty and staff and $5 for CSU students. For tickets, contact the RiverCenter Box Office at 706-256-3612. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 3 - ‘Story Telling’ Exhibition Reception; Fiction Reading in Illges Gallery
CSU’s Department of Art will stage a free, public reception for its “Story Telling” exhibition from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 in the Corn Center for Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery. The exhibition of drawing, painting,video, photography, installation and mixed media is running through Oct. 11 in the gallery on CSU’s RiverPark campus.

The reception will include CSU English professor Aaron Sanders reading his fictional essay, “How I Stalked John Turturro.” Gallery admission is free. Fall semester hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday: and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday. The Corn Center is located at 6 West 10th Street in downtown Columbus. Parking is available in the RiverCenter Parking Garage on Broadway, allowing visitors to enter the Corn Center’s Front Street entrance. For more information,call 706-507-8300.

OCT. 4 - CSU Dance Team to Host Junior Clinic
CSU’s official dance team, Versatile, will host an inaugural Fall Junior Dance Clinic from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Woodruff Gym. Aspiring dancers in kindergarten through high school can participate. A $40 registration fee includes a commemorative T-shirt, keepsake photo, lunch and more. Parents are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Alicia Tatum at 706-568-5084 or by e-mail at tatum_alicia@ColumbusState.edu.

OCT. 4 - Student Bassoon Recital
CSU’s Schwob School of Music will present a student recital by bassoonist Emily Spradley at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 in RiverCenter’s Legacy Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call 706-649-1986 or go to http://music.colstate.edu.

OCT. 4 - Astronomy Night
CSU’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center will stage an Astronomy Night program of stargazing and planet-viewing on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the center, 701 Front St., Columbus. The program is free and will open with a planetarium presentation at 8 p.m.,followed by viewing at 9 p.m. For more information, call 706-649-1470 or go to http://www.ccssc.org.