ABLE Student Showcase, Feb. 22

Friday, February 22, 2013
7:00 PM
Kresge Recital Hall, Ford Center for Fine Arts

Galesburg is full of talent in terms of dance, art, and poetry, and ABLE has decided to bring all of these beautiful factors together into one night where the talents of not only Knox College students, but also local organizations will come and perform. There will also be art work by Knox students on display outside of Kresge Recital Hall.

This event is free and open to the public and is a performance sponsored by ABLE.

This event is part of Black History CommUNITY Month.

11th Annual Knox SUMO ROBOT Competition, Feb. 21

Thursday, February 21
4:00 PM
Room E-117, Science-Mathematics Center

It’s time for the 11th Annual Sumo Robot Competition! The competition will be Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 4:00 PM. in the Francois Classroom (E-117) in the Umbeck Science and Math Center. Come cheer on your favorite robots!

Great Bowls of Soup Fundraiser, Feb. 21

Thursday, February 21, 2013
5:00 PM

American Legion, Galesburg
The Galesburg Civic Art Center is hosting an event called “Great Bowls of Soup”. This is a fundraising dinner where you’ll get lots of yummy food, including soup in a handmade bowl (by local artists) which you get to take home.

The event takes place at the American Legion at 571 E. North St., Galesburg. Tickets are $15 or $20 at the door. Knox ceramics students are contributing more than 50 bowls towards this event. For advance tickets, contact Kathleen Ridlon or Todd Smith.

Knox-Galesburg Symphony Concert Feb. 23

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the symphony will showcase our own concertmaster, Louise Polay, in a performance of the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor. Louise has been an integral member of the KGS for many years, beginning with her initial position as principal second violin, then as associate concertmaster, and finally, since the 2007-2008 season, as concertmaster. Polay is a veteran performer of both orchestral and chamber works, and a long-time local champion of music education.

Also featured on Saturday’s program will be Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor, a majestic work (sometimes referred to as “Beethoven’s Tenth”) that took Brahms over 14 years to complete. Rounding out the program will be a piece by contemporary composer Rodney Waschka II, his Belgrade Overture for Orchestra, which was composed for the Radio Television Symphony of Serbia in 2008.

The concert begins at 7:30 Saturday evening and tickets are still available from the Orpheum Theatre Ticket Office (250 East Main Street, phone 309-342-2299) or at the door concert night.

Chocolate Festival is Feb. 16-17

Calling all Chocolate Lovers!
Galesburg Historical Soci­ety’s annual Chocolate Fes­tival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at The Galesburg Antiques Mall, third floor, 349 E. Main Street. Annual festival featuring homemade and commercially made choco­late treats. $8 per person.

Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, February 16-17

Natalie Veneziano Memorial Ultimate Frisbee Tournament

Saturday, February 16, 2013 – Sunday, February 17, 2013
T. Fleming Fieldhouse

Knox students and alumni will compete with Ultimate teams from around the region at the 2013 Natalie Veneziano Memorial Ultimate Tournament, February 16-17.

The event is named in memory of Natalie Veneziano, a 1998 Knox graduate and Ultimate player who died of leukemia in 2004.

Caxton Club Features Kristen-Paige Madonia, Feb. 15

On Friday, February 15, at 4 o’clock in the Alumni Room Caxton Club will host a reading featuring Kristen-Paige Madonia.

Madonia is the author of Fingerprints of You, a young adult literary novel recently published by Simon & Schuster. Her short fiction has appeared in many publications including Upstreet, New Orleans Review, American Fiction and Sycamore Review, and she has received awards or fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, Millay Colony for the Arts, the Key West Literary Seminar, and The Studios of Key West.

Kristen-Paige currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she teaches creative writing and is at work on her second novel.

Tsukasa Taiko Drums Performance, Feb. 17

Tsukasa Taiko
Sunday, February 17
4:00 pm
Kresge Recital Hall

Taiko drumming is a Japanese tradition characterized by highly precise, driving, interlocking rhythms that range dynamically from barely audible to explosive. The repertoire is pre-composed, involving elaborate choreography and traditional costumes. Performances are highly energetic and place heavy physical demands on the performer. Taiko drums come in sizes ranging from twelve inches to six feet. The tradition has ancient roots, but has evolved into a modern form with both amateur and professional manifestations. In Japan, taiko groups range from neighborhood “clubs” (like community bands in the US) to Kodo, the most famous professional ensemble, whose members live communally on Sado Island, practicing for many hours a day and apprenticing for years before they ever perform. In the US, taiko groups are common on the west coast, where they are often connected with Asian American heritage associations.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Music, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Japan Club, the Center for Intercultural Life, the Stellyes Center for Global Studies, the Cultural Events Committee, and the Greig-Post Adventures in the Arts Fund.

Nova Singers Winter Concert, Feb. 16

Nova Singers Winter Concert
Saturday, February 16
7:30 PM
First Lutheran Church, Galesburg

Founded in 1986 by Dr. Laura Lane, Nova Singers is a 20-voice ensemble with a nation-wide reputation for expressiveness, virtuosity and innovative programming. Nova Singers has performed at state, regional and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, has produced six professional recordings and has received numerous grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Nova Singers has commissioned and premiered eleven new works from composers such as Thea Musgrave, William Hawley and Ruth Watson Henderson. The ensemble produces an eight-concert subscription series in two locations: four in Galesburg and four in the Quad Cities.

See the Nova Singers perform their Winter Concert at the First Lutheran Church, 364 E. Water St., Galesburg.