Rundgren speaks at DePauw tonight

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. today for music legend Todd Rundgren's appearance at DePauw University. The man who has been called "rock's Renaissance man" will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. to discuss "Music, Technology and Risk-Taking" in a Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture at DePauw's Green Center for the Performing Arts (605 S. College Ave.), which is free and open to the public.

"I've heard from a number of people in the Putnam County community who are quite excited about this event," says Ken Owen, executive director of media relations at DePauw and coordinator of the Ubben Lecture Series. "In the past, Mr. Rundgren has only spoken at music and technology conferences on the coasts, and the format tonight will be quite interactive. We welcome everyone to come and enjoy what should be a most unusual and memorable program."

Rundgren has asked Owen -- who interviewed the musician five times when Owen was a news anchor and reporter at WISH (CBS) in Indianapolis -- to lead a discussion of Rundgren's career (which has included hits such as "Hello It's Me" and "Bang the Drum All Day" and productions for dozens of artists including Meat Loaf, Hall & Oates and XTC), as well as his forays into technology (which have included creating computer software and the world's first interactive album of music).

The conversation will also explore the twists and turns Rundgren has taken, which have confounded critics but earned him a reputation as a maverick and innovator. Rundgren will also take questions from the audience.

Todd Rundgren is currently touring in support of his latest release, Arena. He and his band played in Louisville, Ky. last night and appear in Covington, Ky. tomorrow evening. They performed at The Vogue in Indianapolis Monday.

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