Announcing Spring Presidential Lecture & Performance Series

From literary readings to jazz performances, the Spring 2009 series extends cultural and learning experiences to the Texas Tech community.

Written by Kelly Kleinsteuber

Beginning in March, the College of Visual and Performing Arts offers the Spring 2009 Presidential Lecture & Performance Series. The series was created to enrich the lives of Texas Tech University students and the Lubbock community.

Programs ranging from opera to literature will bring leaders in their fields to Texas Tech to share their talents with the university’s faculty, students, staff and the Lubbock community.

“The Presidential Lecture & Performance Series is very excited to host such exceptional talent this spring,” said Jo Moore, administrator for the series. “Our 2008-2009 season continues with cultural offerings designed to engage the mind and nurture the spirit.”

Public events in the Spring 2009 series include:

Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell, a reading and commentary: 7 p.m., March 3 in the Allen Theatre. Delight in the satirical humor of Sarah Vowell, best-selling author, social observer and contributor to NPR’s “This American Life.” A book signing and reception will follow the reading. This event is free but seating capacity is limited. Reservations are requested. Call (806) 742-0706 ext. 401.

Texas Tech Jazz Festival

Texas Tech Jazz Festival

Texas Tech Jazz Festival: 8 p.m., April 4 in the Allen Theatre. The Texas Tech Jazz Festival features the Dizzy Gillespie™ Alumni All-stars, a veritable who’s who among jazz musicians. Formed in the summer of 1998 to perform Dizzy Gillespie’s classic big band repertoire, they continue the legacy left by the late master. Tickets are $12 for general admission inclusive of the service fee. Call Select-A-Seat at (806) 770-2000.

Ana Castillo

Ana Castillo

Ana Castillo, a lecture and reading: 7 p.m., April 9 in Room 001 of the English Building. Enjoy a literary evening with “genre jumper” and activist author, Ana Castillo – acclaimed poet, novelist, essayist, editor and translator. A book signing and reception will follow the reading. This event is free but seating capacity is limited. Reservations are requested. Call (806) 742-0706 ext. 401.

Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers

The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers

The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers: 7 p.m., April 13 at Hemmle Recital Hall. Revel in the beautiful voices of the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers, performing operatic and popular selections. A reception will follow the performance. This event is free but seating capacity is limited. Reservations are requested. Call (806) 742-0706 ext. 401.