Anticipation building for Yo-Yo Ma, DePauw discourse

Monday, September 26, 2011

As the DePauw Discourse 2011: "Empowering Society Through the Arts" approaches, the Greencastle and DePauw University communities await the arrival of world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and a number of distinguished alumni and guests artists and arts leaders.

Though there was a quick sellout of the Sept. 30 Yo-Yo Ma concert, tickets remain available for his lecture, "Reflections on a Life in Music," which will include a brief cello performance.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. lecture Thursday night in Kresge Auditorium may be obtained at no charge in the box office of the Judson and Joyce Green Center for Performing Arts weekdays from noon to 3:30 p.m.

Yo-Yo Ma's visit, which includes a master class and a number of engagements with DePauw students, is made possible by DePauw alumni Judson and Joyce Taglauer Green.

While the Yo-Yo Ma events have gained the most advance attention, additional conversations and performances throughout Friday, Sept. 30 will deliver insight on the role of the arts in sparking creativity, innovation and dialogue throughout society. Friday's daytime sessions include:

-- 9-10:15 a.m., "Heart of a Soldier: The Healing Power of Music," Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts, Moore Theatre. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of "Heart of a Soldier," James B. Stewart Jr. '73, leads a conversation centering on the power of music and how this work of nonfiction was transformed into opera. The discussion includes DePauw School of Music students performing selected opera scenes.

-- 10:30-11:45 a.m., "Empowering Youth Through the Arts," Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts, Moore Theatre. Emphasizing the arts' profound capacity to uplift youth, and in particular those in at-risk populations, guest and alumni arts leaders discuss the powerful impact of the arts in the lives of young people and share their inspiring success stories of empowering youth through music, visual arts and theater.

-- 1:30-2:45 p.m., "Creativity and Innovation: Lessons Extracted from Jazz," Judson and Joyce Green Center for the Performing Arts, Moore Theatre. Accomplished business leader and jazz pianist Judson C. Green '74 discusses and demonstrates through a jazz performance how the principles of jazz and jazz improvisation are valuable in stimulating creativity and innovation in any organization.

-- 3-4:45 p.m., "Empowering Communities Through the Arts," East College, Meharry Hall. DePauw President Brian W. Casey leads a conversation with three prominent arts and nonprofit CEOs in exploring the arts' economic, civic and quality-of-life potential for whole communities.

A full list of DePauw Discourse events can be found online at or at

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