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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 24, 2009

Musical trio, education advocate begin arts, lecture seasons at Northwest

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The string-and-paino trio Intersection (above) and education advocate Erin Gruwell (below) kick off this year's Encore performing arts series and Distinguished Lecture program at Northwest.

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Northwest's Encore performing arts series resumes this fall with a performance by Intersection, a classically trained string and piano trio, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept 10. In addition, educator and social change advocate Erin Gruwell will present the year's first Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. Both events will take place in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts.

Intersection is known for its instrumental virtuosity and ear-pleasing blend of classics, original compositions and pop music stylings drawn from jazz, Latin, Broadway and film.

With its versatility and engaging stage manner, the group has an avid international fan base and has placed numerous CDs and DVDs at the top of the classical and crossover charts.

Single-show tickets for all Encore shows cost $25 (orchestra) and $23 (balcony). Children's tickets are $15 and $13, and Northwest faculty and staff can purchase discounted orchestra tickets for $23. Season tickets (orchestra only) cost $100 for passes to all five Encore shows and are on sale now. General ticket sales for Intersection begin Monday, August, 31.

New to Encore for 2009-'10 is free admission for Northwest students with a valid Bearcat ID card. The sole exception is the Broadway hit, "Hairspray," on March 9, when student tickets will cost $10 and $8. Group discounts return this year, with orchestra seats at $19 and balcony seats at $17 for groups of 10 or more.

For more information about the 2009-'10 Encore performing arts series, including Friends of Encore and Corporate Affiliate programs, call the Office of Campus Activities at 660.562.1226 or e-mail . Purchase tickets at the Student Services Center on the first floor of the Administration Building.

Sponsored by Campus Activities with support from the Office of the Provost, the Distinguished Lecture Series brings nationally and internationally prominent writers, thinkers, scholars and public figures to campus, where they present free lectures open to all members of the University community and the public.

Gruwell, whose appearance serves as this year's Ploghoft Lecture and is partially sponsored by the University's College of Education & Human Services and Intercultural & International Center, rose to prominence as a teacher in a racially polarized Los Angeles-area high school.

Her success in leading young people to explore their experiences and improve their lives through writing led to publication of "The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them." In 2007, Gruwell's story was turned into the feature film, "Freedom Writers," starring Academy Award winner Hilary Swank.

2009-'10 Encore performing arts series

2009-'10 Distinguished Lecture Series

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468