Preparing for its upcoming performance tour to Barcelona, Spain, the Knox Choir will perform at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, February 26, in First Lutheran Church, Galesburg. The concert is free and open to the public.
The 53-member choir, conducted by Laura Lane, (music) will perform works by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Tomas Luis de Victoria, and Felix Mendelssohn, as well as a composition by one of the choir members, Edward Davis, a music and English literature major from Chicago. Several selections were chosen specifically for the performances in Barcelona during Knox’s spring break, March 11-20. The Choir will present its home tour concert on the Knox campus on March 23.
The Knox College Sumo Robot Wrestling Competition will be taken to a new level on Thursday, Feb. 23. This year it’s Sumo++ with two competitions! Don’t miss this exciting event at 4 p.m. in the Francois Classroom, E-117 in SMC.
Knox Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Twelfth Night” at 7:30 p.m., nightly from Wednesday, February 22 through Saturday, February 25, in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and Knox College alumni; and free to all Knox students, faculty and staff. Tickets are available at the door one hour before each performance, or by making advance reservations at 309-341-7472.
The classic Shakespeare comedy, directed by Elizabeth Carlin-Metz (theatre) features disguised and mistaken identities, romantic triangles, and mischievous pranks, combined with a poignant story of the pursuit of love. Shakespeare set the play in Illyria, a region across the Adriatic Sea from eastern Italy. Carlin-Metz has located the Knox production in a festive Jazz Age and carnival atmosphere of Italy in the 1920s.
Original music for the show was composed by Sam Brownson ’12 who also is the play’s musical director and leader of the stage musicians. All dances were choreographed by Kyla Tully ’13.
Stellyes Distinguished Lecture in Global Affairs 7:30 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall — Robin Wright, acclaimed foreign correspondent and television commentator, has witnessed the birth, rise, and globalization of Islamic militancy for almost four decades. Her lecture, “Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World,” will look at the struggle within the Muslim world, where a growing movement defies and challenges extremism. The lecture will be broadcast live via Livestream.
A book signing will follow the lecture.
The Knox-Galesburg Symphony (KGS) will feature seventeen-year- Maury Cohn, son of Knox professors, Nancy Eberhardt and Steve Cohn, at its 60th Anniversary concert on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, Galesburg.
The Knox-Galesburg Symphony, under the direction of Bruce Polay (music) will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major “Pastorale,” Opus 68 and Gallagher’s “A Quiet Musicke,” a KGS International Call for Scores selection. Cohn will perform Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1 for Violoncello and Orchestra in A minor, Opus 33.
Cohn, a senior at Galesburg High School, began cello studies with KGS principal cellist Carolyn Suda at age four. He began performing with the KGS Music Memories educational outreach program at age fourteen, and is now in his third season performing as a KGS section cellist. Cohn has also performed with the Illinois All-State Orchestra, the Galesburg Community Chorus, and is principal cellist of the Monmouth Chamber Orchestra.
Tickets, which range from $8-$18, are available at the Orpheum Theatre Ticket Office (309-342-2299), 250 East Main St., Galesburg or at the door concert Saturday. Knox students free with I.D. Knox faculty and staff receive 20% discount.
Joint Worship Service, 4:00 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall — There will be a community worship service to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the College, the First Church and Galesburg. The service will include songs from a community choir, prayers and congregational songs. A video sharing history from the beginning of the community, college and church with specific focus of the connection with the underground railroad. A collection will be taken at the door following the service to go toward the FISH food pantry. Gifts of cash and non-perishable goods will be accepted. All are invited to attend.
February 17 Events:
74th Alumni Achievement Awards, 5:00 p.m., Kresge Recital Hall — This year’s recipients, Lynn S. Wright ’63, Mary Lu Hudson Aft ’60, Peter Leibig ’73, James Solomon ’74, and Norman Golar ’02, will be joined by 20 past award recipients during this special version of the Alumni Achievement ceremony.
Founders Flashback, 9:00 p.m., Fieldhouse — Join Knox students, plus a few of Knox’s historical figures, for this festive party, featuring our own local band Thrillsville, a faculty/staff dance off, Knox trivia contest, costume contests, and more.
February 15 Events:
Purple & Gold Day, All Day — Wear Purple & Gold and Show Your Knox Pride! Take a photo of yourself, your friends, or your entire office in Knox attire and share it on Facebook (www.facebook.com/knoxcollege) or e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Birthday Knox Toast, 12:30 p.m., Taylor Student Lounge — Join President Amott in a toast to Knox’s 175th birthday. When you hear the Old Main bell ring at 12:15, head over to the Taylor Student Lounge for cupcakes and song!
175th Pub Night, 6:00 p.m., Cherry Street — Celebrate Knox past and present by gathering with Knox friends — including George Washington Gale — for Galesburg’s version of 175th Pub Nights all across the country. RSVP here: www.knoxalumni.org/175celebration.
Screening of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 7:00 p.m., Taylor Student Lounge — Watch the campy original film adaptation of Knox alumnus Jack Finney’s ground-breaking sci-fi novel, The Body Snatchers. Finney, a member of the Class of 1934, is best known for his sci-fi novels, as well as his short story collection I Love Galesburg in the Springtime.
Knox celebrates Black History Month 2012 with events both on and off-campus. Activities in Galesburg include entertainment featuring hip-hop poet Black Ice and performances by Knox College students and lectures by Owen Muelder, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College. Black History Month events at Knox are sponsored by the student club ABLE — Allied Blacks for Liberty and Equality.