ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL, MARCH 6-18. Lyndon State kicks off its 16th Annual Cultural Festival on March 6. The Festival, a campus-wide event held during the second and third weeks of March, is an opportunity for the College to celebrate diversity and enjoy cultural activities. This year’s festival runs from March 6 through 18. Many different groups from across campus contribute to the festival by holding or supporting events or activities. The following events are free and open to the public.
Students from Lyndon State and the St. Johnsbury Academy ESL program are again co-sponsoring Kidz World V on Saturday, March 17. Billed as “bringing the world to you,” Kidz World is an opportunity for area children to come and experience the world through games, music, crafts, snacks, artwork and interactive displays. Activities run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Academic and Student Activity Center (ASAC) Room 100. The family-friendly event is geared toward children from kindergarten-5th grade.
Kidz World is just one of many events planned as part of the Festival.
Professor of Anthropology Janet Bennion will present “The Celts of France: Myth, Music and Culture,” on Wednesday, March 14 at 3 p.m. in ASAC Room 100. The Gauls of France had an enormous impact on European culture. The focus of Bennion’s lecture will be on two Gaulois settlements that gave rise to stories about the Legend of Arthur and the Cathar heresy: Brittany and the Languedoc culture of Midi-Pyrenees. This survey of history and culture includes a sampling of music and food.
“Wearing o’ the green” is encouraged at the St. Patrick’s Day Concert on Thursday, March 15. This time-honored event features a wide range of Celtic music, both vocal and instrumental. Professor Emeritus Ralph Aldrich started this St. Paddy’s Day tradition at the College more than 20 years ago. The concert begins at noon in the Alexander Twilight Theatre.
The Twilight Theatre lights up at 7 that same evening, March 15, as Vermont’s own 40th Army Band performs. The band, made up of members of Vermont’s Army National Guard, will feature selections from Johann Strauss, Clare Grundman and John Williams.
Alexander Twilight Theatre is again the venue on Sunday, March 18 for “Saints, Sinners and Sweethearts.” This vocal recital teams mezzo-soprano Ingrid Cowan and tenor Ole Haas with pianist Susan Ricci for a selection of songs that span four centuries. The performers find the ridiculous and the sublime in the works of such contrasting composers as Henry Purcell and Gilbert and Sullivan, Benjamin Britten and George Gershwin, and Samuel Barber and William Bolcom. Cowan and Haas, a husband and wife singing team, have been delighting audiences here and in Europe since 1991. Ricci has been collaborating with Leneida Crawford on a recording of the three hundred year history of American songs. A special feature of Sunday’s recital is a rare performance of Benjamin Britten’s gripping “Abraham and Isaac.” The concert begins at 3 p.m. and, like all the above listed events, is free and open to the public
The Festival is Dr. Lori Werdenschlag’s innovation and she continues to coordinate the event into its second decade.