Knox Choir Spring Concert, May 11

On Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 101 North Prairie Street, the Knox Choir will perform a repertoire of choral pieces, some of which were performed during their spring break tour through Spain. A special feature will be the public premiere of “Youth and Pioneers” by Daniel Godsil, a work commissioned in honor of the 175th anniversary with a text based Carl Sandburg’s speech at the rededication of Old Main in 1937. Following the concert, a reception will feature displays about the tour and the Choir program at Knox.

Knox Theatre presents UNDER CONSTRUCTION by Charles L. Mee

You’re invited to the final theatre production of the year!
Begin making plans now…
When: May 16, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Studio Theatre, Ford Center for the Arts
Under Construction was inspired by the Norman Rockwell covers on the Saturday Evening Posts during the 1950s and the installation artwork of Jason Rhoades in the early 21st century. The play is a collage of America (both then and now) that compares Frank Sinatra’s crooning, Ann Bannon’s pulp fiction, and Allen Ginsberg’s beat poetry to contemporary rock music, alternative images of sexuality, and a variety of icons from popular culture. We invite you to join us as we weave together multiple stories to build a landscape of America and its many possibilities.
Featuring student actors Sam Auch, Kathleen Donoghue, Jack Dryden, Chloë Luetkemeyer, Isaac Miller, Nellie Ognacevic, Neil Phelps, Andrew Purvis, and Avery Wigglesworth.
Tickets are free for all in the Knox Community / $10 for Adults / $5 for Seniors and Alumni. Seating is limited.
Tickets are available at the door an hour prior to each performance or by advanced reservation by calling 309.341.7472

Symphony to Present Pops Concert, May 12

The Knox-Galesburg (KGS) will present a Mother’s Day tribute with its annual “Celebrate Mom at the Pops” concert under the direction of Bruce Polay. The KGS Saturday, May 12 concert narrated by radio air personality Terry Cavanaugh will feature “The Best of Broadway” medleys from previous KGS Pops concerts. The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, will include selections from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I,” “Sound of Music” and other Broadway show tune favorites filling the evening with memorable melodies. The program “selections” are from many of the most famous musicals on record. Each of these medleys is famous in its own way for bringing to light popular songs that have bridged the years with fond and poignant memories. Terry Cavanaugh’s comments, interspersed between each of the selections will highlight interesting historical commentary aimed at reminding all of the wonder and genius of this glorious art form.
Tickets, starting as low as $8, are available at the Orpheum Theatre Office, 250 East Main Street in Galesburg or at the door. Children and students are half price. Knox Students 1/2 Price with ID. Discounts not applicable.

College and Foundation Launch Community Service Initiative

Knox and the Galesburg Community Foundation (GCF) are launching an innovative community engagement initiative that will connect Knox graduates and current students with Galesburg area non-profit agencies and entrepreneurial projects.
The program, titled KnoxCorps, is planned to start this fall and will be jointly overseen by the College and the GCF. KnoxCorps will deploy recent graduates into the Galesburg area to work with local organizations. Graduates will be placed with organizations for approximately 10 months, supporting and staffing important initiatives and bringing additional energy and commitment to these organizations.
KnoxCorps will consist of two levels — a program for recent graduates, known as KnoxCorps Fellowships, and an undergraduate leadership team. Fellowships consist of a one-year service commitment of up to 20 hours per week. Fellows will receive an annual stipend and become eligible for an educational voucher after completing the program.
Undergraduate participants in KnoxCorps will make a two-year commitment to participate for at least eight hours per week. In addition to their service, undergraduates will meet weekly with the KnoxCorps Fellows to develop skills and exchange ideas.
The program will be administered by Dr. Gary Funk, former president and C.E.O. of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and current director of The Rural School and Community Trust’s Center for Midwestern Initiatives. Funk will serve as a consultant to President Amott on this project and other strategic initiatives.
The GCF is a collection of funds and resources that supports the efforts of local people and organizations to foster and promote a healthy community. GCF believes a healthy community focuses its efforts on productive dialogue, collaborative action, team building and unity of purpose.