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Bentley College Announces 1998/1999 Bowles Performing Arts Series

September 2, 1998


WALTHAM, MASS. -- Bentley College announces the 1998/1999 Bowles Performing Arts Series, inviting the public to celebrate the sights, sounds and legends of this quickly ending millennium. This year's series offers the opportunity to travel back in time to experience the music and storytelling of humankind, from Africa and Asia to Europe and the New World.

Voices of Native America
Thursday, October 1, 1998
7:30 p.m. Lindsay Auditorium

Weaving together words, music and dance in a compelling multimedia presentation, Voices of Native America spirals through past and present to celebrate the rituals and legends of Native America. Douglas Spotted Eagle is a contemporary and traditional native flutist, who is joined by an ensemble of instrumentalists and singers, as well as Eric Runningpath, a traditional and multistyle dancer, and Gayle Ross, a native storyteller. For more on Voices of Native America, visit on the Internet.

Odds Bodkin
The Hidden Grail: Sir Percival and the Fisher King
Wednesday, October 28, 1998
7:30 p.m. Wilder Pavilion , Adamian Graduate Center

It was hidden from men. King Arthur knew of it. So did his knights. It was The Grail- an old stone bowl used by Christ at the Last Supper that held the source of life. Some were destined to protect it. Others, to try to steal it. But only one knight was destined to heal them all. Hear the classic Arthurian legend of adventure, transformation and miracles as told by master storyteller Odds Bodkin, whose bardic style is accompanied by 12-string guitar and grand Celtic harp. For more on Odds Bodkin, visit on the Internet.

Calliope, featuring Jane Bryden
Wednesday, December 9, 1998
7:30 p.m. Wilder Pavilion, Adamian Graduate Center

A chamber music group, Calliope has toured for two decades throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, bringing Renaissance revelry to all good souls seeking merriment and an understanding of life and great music. In this holiday concert with guest soprano Jane Bryden, Calliope presents the holiday music of medieval England, Spain and the Netherlands.

Charlotte Blake Alston: The Spoken Word and Song in the Griot Tradition
Wednesday, January 27, 1999
7:30 p.m. Wilder Pavilion, Adamian Graduate Center

Charlotte Blake Alston is a storyteller and composer with a rich repertoire of stories, songs and poetry from the African and African-American experience. She tours nationwide to advance storytelling as a means of communication and education, to foster an appreciation and understanding of differences among people, and to provide entertainment in the best sense of the word.

Voice of the Turtle: Paths of Exile Quincentenary
Wednesday, March 3, 1999
7:30 p.m. Wilder Pavilion, Adamian Graduate Center

In 1492 the Jews were expelled from Spain, thus beginning a Sephardic diaspora that drove Jews all over Europe and as far east as Arabia. Voice of the Turtle performs a special and exotic form of folk music that has survived since that time. The songs are a fascinating blend of Spanish, Arabian and Eastern European music that express the vitality and strength of these wandering people. Internationally acclaimed, these four musicians - Derek Burrows, Lisle Kulbach, Jay Rosenberg and Judith Wachs - sing and perform on more than 20 unusual instruments.

Sacred Music, Sacred Dance For World Healing: The Mystical Arts of Tibet
Wednesday, April 14, 1999
7:30 p.m. Lindsay Auditorium

Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery perform traditional temple music and mystical masked dances. This extraordinary performance features elaborate costumes, traditional instruments, and unique multiphonic singing. Aside from entertainment, this tour has three purposes: to contribute to world healing and peace movements, to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization, and to raise support for the refugee community in India.

To celebrate the modern day, the Bowles Performing Arts Series presents the following events:

Alpha Psi Omega Production
"Crazy for You"
November 12-14, 1998
8:00 p.m. Lindsay Auditorium

This musical by Jodi Benson and Harry Groener has everything you could ask for: legendary Gershwin songs, classic plot, and tap dancing. In this energetic show, Bobby Child is sent to Nevada by his mother to foreclose on a theatre, but he finds love instead. To save the theater and win the girl, he puts on a show. A Bentley College student production.

The Gospel Choir
December 1998 and April 1999
6:30 p.m. Lindsay Auditorium

This chorus of Bentley College students, faculty and staff performs two concerts yearly.
Free admission.

International Festival of Colors
Saturday, March 27, 1999
8:00 p.m. Lindsay Auditorium

The international students of Bentley College present a talent showcase from around the world.
$10 admission. A Bentley College student production.

Alpha Psi Omega Production
"Noises Off"
April 8-10, 1999
8:00 p.m. Lindsay Auditorium

This farce by Michael Frayn is a play within a play about a hapless, third-rate British touring company - everything that can go wrong with their production does. Frenetically paced, this comedy is revived at Bentley in a 10th anniversary production. A Bentley College student production.

Individual tickets for the Bowles Series cost $7, and can be purchased at the LaCava Information Desk in advance or at the Lindsay Auditorium Box Office one hour prior to each show. Season tickets cost $40, and can be purchased by contacting 781/891-3424.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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