Kasser Was Keynote Speaker

Tim Kasser, psychology, recently gave two invited talks. In February, he gave a keynote presentation on “Children, Values, and Consumer Culture” at the Association Montessori International – USA 2013 Refresher Course in Tampa, FL. Then in March, he ran a workshop on “Using the science of values to improve children’s lives” at the 8th International Consuming Kids summit, sponsored by the Campaign for a Commercial-free Childhood, in Boston, MA.

Former State Legislator Hawkinson to Speak about Leadership, Public Service, April 3

Carl Hawkinson will discuss his work in public service as the inaugural speaker in the Knox College Civic Leaders Lecture Series. Hawkinson will speak at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, in Ferris Lounge, Seymour Union.

Hawkinson’s long and distinguished career includes service as Knox County state’s attorney, a member of the Illinois House of Representatives and Illinois State Senate and as the state’s deputy chief of staff for public safety.

The new Civic Leaders Lecture Series will highlight practical lessons from experienced leaders and promote the importance of civic engagement. Future speakers will discuss volunteerism, community research, and political involvement.

Hawkinson began his career in public service as Knox County State’s Attorney, from 1976 to 1983. He was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives for two terms, from 1983 to 1987, then as State Senator from 1987 to 2003. He served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and was credited with legislation combating terrorism and drug trafficking, reforming the state criminal code and juvenile justice code, writing one of the first anti-stalking laws in the nation, and protecting the privacy of genetic testing information. Following an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor in 2002, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety for the State of Illinois, directing all of the state’s homeland security operations.

After his retirement in 2005, he returned to service as the Interim Director of the Western Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross, spearheading a successful campaign to pay off the building mortgage.

A native of Galesburg, Hawkinson is a graduate of North Park College, summa cum laude; and Harvard Law School, magna cum laude. In 2003, he was recognized as a Champion for Balanced and Restorative Justice by the Juvenile Justice Summit, and in 2004 he received the Human Dignity Award from the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Knox Choir Presents Galesburg Concerts March 28, April 20

After returning to Galesburg from its 2013 tour, the Knox Choir will present two performances, one on Thursday, March 28 and the other on April 20.

The Home Tour Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28 in Kresge Recital Hall. The Choir will perform the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass at 7:30 p.m. April 20 in Central Congregational Church in Galesburg. For the Lord Nelson Mass, the Knox Choir will team up with the Galesburg Community Choir, the Monmouth College Chorale, and professional soloists and members of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony.

Choir members are posting photos, video, and descriptions of the tour in a blog, Do Ti La So Fa(r) We Go! The blog can be found at http://knoxcollegechoir.tumblr.com/

March 30 Symphony Features Acclaimed Harpist

On Saturday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Orpheum Theatre, the Knox-Galesburg Symphony features acclaimed harpist Faye Seeman, principal harpist of the Chicago Sinfonietta and Joffrey Ballet Orchestras and a founder of the Kithara Trio (flute, cello and harp). Along with several colleagues from the Chicago Jazz community, she also established the ZigZag Harp Quartet (harp, piano, bass and drums) which explores an eclectic blend of jazz, classical and new age styles of music.

For Saturday’s concert, Seeman will perform two pieces. One is a famous setting of the popular Elizabethan air “Greensleeves” by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. The other is “Ennanga” for Harp, Piano and String Orchestra by African American composer William Grant Still. Ennanga is the only work Still composed for the harp, and even though the harp, piano, and strings have relatively equal roles in the music, the choice of title — the Ugandan word for a miniature harp — makes that instrument’s special significance clear. Still wrote it with input from Lois Adele Craft, a harp virtuoso and friend, who also gave the premiere in Los Angeles. Ennanga is in three movements: in the first, listen for the way the percussive textures in the harp and piano offset rhythmically charged statements from the strings; in the second, the harp sings a melancholy tune accompanied by the other instruments; and the third features the harp’s characteristic glissandi.

Also featured on Saturday’s program will be music from the height of the classical era by two composers who were also good friends, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf and Franz Joseph Haydn. The concert will begin with von Dittersdorf’s “Esther” Overture, based on a text that recounts the biblical story of Esther, and will end with Haydns’ Symphony No. 99 in E-flat major, one of the twelve “London Symphonies” that were written in anticipation of Haydns’ second trip to that city.

Tickets are available from the Orpheum Theatre Ticket Office (250 East Main Street, ph. 309-342-2299), online at www.theorpheum.org, or at the door concert night.