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Noted Poet Amiri Baraka and the Roswell Rudd Jazz Quartet to Join Forces for Saturday Performance

Noted Poet Amiri Baraka and the Roswell Rudd Jazz Quartet to Join Forces for Saturday Performance

September 3, 2002

Coming Together 2002

September 3, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - Saturday, September 7, 2002, the 2002-2003 DePauw University Performing Arts Series opens with an outstanding event-- The Roswell Rudd Jazz Quartet featuring special guest, Amiri Baraka (seen in photo). The performance, which is taking place in conjunction with Coming Together 2002: An Alumni of Color Reunion, will take place in Moore Theatre of the Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m.

Poet, jazz critic, dramatist, orator, social critic, fiction writer and activist are just some of the terms used to describe Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones). Widely celebrated as the father of the Black Arts Movement, Baraka is one of the most prolific and influential African-American writers of the 20th century. He is a widely published poet, playwright, essayist, fictionalist and journalist. His writing defines the times in which he wrote and the evolutionary experiences of his life, marked by radical changes in thoughts and ideology. His book of music criticism, Blues People, is widely regarded as a classic in the field. Baraka will perform on Saturday with renowned jazz musicians Roswell Rudd, Dave Burrell, Andrew Cyrille and Reggie Workman.

The members of the Roswell Rudd Quartet (Rudd is seen at left) have received outstanding instrumental and compositional credits. They are known for innovative collaborations and performances with jazz giants Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, John Coltrane, Booker Little and Thelonius Monk and also for their educational endeavors and international performances. The ensemble will perform works by jazz greats including John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk on Saturday evening.

Reserving tickets for the Saturday evening performance is highly recommmended. Contact the DePauw Performing Arts Center Box Office at (765) 658-4827 or aend an e-mail here. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $5 for seniors, non-DePauw students, DePauw employees and children. Tickets are free for DePauw students with ID.

There will also be two special events associated with Saturday's performance. On Friday, Amiri Baraka will hold a reading and Q&A session in Thompson Recital Hall at 4 p.m. On Saturday, the Roswell Rudd Quartet will host a jazz workshop in Moore Theatre at 1 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.