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KU tuba students win international honorv

April 30, 2000

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KU tuba students win international honor

Two Kansas University tuba students have been selected to perform in the International College All-Star Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.

David Daussat, graduate student, and Jess Lightner, junior, will perform with the ensemble at the International Tuba-Euphonium Conference in June in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Members of the ensemble are selected from taped auditions submitted from tubists around the world.

According to Scott Watson, KU professor of tuba and euphonium, KU students have done well in previous competitions with more than one student selected each year. The competition has been held in 1992, 1995 and 1998.

Young filmmaker

honored in New York

Alyssa Buecker, a 15-year-old filmmaker from Lawrence, and her parents, Brad Buecker and Nancy Pistorius, recently spent several days in New York City as part of a media event at the headquarters of the HBO network.

HBO has been airing Alyssa's guinea pig movies on their HBO Family Channel since February 1999. A new guinea pig movie, "Carrot Wars," which was commissioned by HBO, was screened at the media event, which also featured the works of nine other young filmmakers.

During the evening reception, Alyssa met members of the press and fielded questions from the audience about her films. The next airing of "Carrot Wars" will at 3:30 p.m. May 9 on the HBO Family Channel.

Prof pens book

on Christainity

Atchison -- Douglas Lumsden, an assistant professor of history at Benedictine College, has co-authored a book titled "A History of Medieval Christianity: Prophecy and Order."

The book, which was released in March, is a history of the church in the Middle Ages and pays close attention to the spiritual, intellectual and institutional aspects of medievel Christianity.

Lumsden, who began teaching at Benedictine in August, co-authored the book with Jeffrey Burton Russell, professor emeritus of medieval history at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Ransone's play

read at conference

Preston Ransone's play "Wise as the Devil Himself" has received another honor. The play was performed in March as a reading at the Southern Appalachian Playwrights Conference in Mars Hill, N.C.

Previously, the play was a finalist in the Jewel Box Theatre Playwrighting Competition, a finalist in the Writer's Digest competition and given a staged reading at the Baltimore Playwrights Festival.

"Wise as the Devil Himself" is about two sisters and their irascible brother who solved murders using their psychic gifts.

Natural history

museum to open

Norman, Okla. -- The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History will open Monday and advance ticket reservations for May and June are now being taken.

The new museum, on the University of Oklahoma campus, is a 195,000-square-foot facility with thousands of artifacts displayed in five galleries.

While admission to the museum is free Monday through June 30, officials are recommending reservations be made because of the large number of visitors expected during that time. Tickets can be reserved for two-hour blocks of time.

To make reservations, call (405) 325-4712.

Percussion concert

honors professor

A special concert will be held Monday to honor George Boberg, a Kansas University professor of percussion who is retiring after 32 years.

More than 15 KU alumni percussionists will join the KU Percussion Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. in Swarthout Recital Hall. A highlight of the performance will be the debut of "Goodbye and Go Begin," a new percussion ensemble work by Steve Riley that was written as a tribute to Boberg.

A member of the KU music faculty since 1968, Boberg is a former acting director of bands and former conductor of the Lawrence Chamber Players. He originated and continues to conduct the KU Percussion Ensemble.

The recital is free and open to the public.

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